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William Shaw

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I'm a crime writer and write the Alex Cupidi series set in Dungeness, Kent and the Breen & Tozer series set in London in 1968-9.

My ninth novel is The Trawlerman , the fourth in the Alex Cupidi series - if you don't count The Birdwatcher .

My non-fiction books include Westsiders , an account of several young would-be rappers struggling to establish themselves against a backdrop of poverty and violence in South Central Los Angeles, Superhero For Hire , a compilation and of the Small Ads columns I wrote for the Observer Magazine, and Spying In Guru Land , in which I joined several British religious cults to write about them.

A Song From Dead Lips was the first in a trilogy of books set in London in 1968, featuring DS Cathal
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Feb 2020: Deadland and more

Hi... had a great book tour with Jo Spain last week, dashing around Lincoln, Preston, Liverpool, Bolton, Gateshead and Durham.

This week sees the paperback publication of Deadland in the UK. Fingers crossed. And gearing up for putting out Grave's End in May.

Trying to pack in the book events this year so if you know of any, please let me know. Read more of this blog post »
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message 3: by Susan

Susan Good luck with the book release today!


William Shaw Has it? News to me! Can I get you a copy then, Susan?


message 1: by Susan

Susan I see a new book has appeared on NetGalley - very exciting!


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