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William Shaw

William Shaw has written four crime novels, all set in Dungeness and featuring DS Alex Cupidi: ‘Salt Lane', 'Deadland', 'Grave’s End’ and ‘The Trawlerman.’ He discusses the importance of Dungeness in these books and the role of place and atmosphere in crime fiction.

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, long-listed for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and nominated for a Barry Award. He is the author of the Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London: ‘A Song from Dead Lips', 'A House of Knives’ and ‘A Book of Scars’; and the standalone ‘The Birdwatcher'. For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including ‘The Observer’ and ‘The New York Times.’

“Once again William Shaw has produced a fast-moving, intriguing mystery in which the county of Kent, lovingly described, is almost a character in itself.”
-The Sunday Times Crime Club on ‘The Trawlerman.’

“One of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction.”
-Peter James

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Grave's End

Paperback, 18/03/2021, £8.99
The gripping new novel in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series set in Kent

The Trawlerman: a Dungeness mystery starring DS Alexandra Cupidi

Paperback, 03/02/2022, £8.99

Sympathy for the Devil: Breen & Tozer: 4

Paperback, 22/02/2018, £9.99
In the fourth Breen & Tozer, William Shaw marries a gripping police procedural with an espionage plot to bring the series to a stunning and moving climax

Salt Lane

Paperback, 07/02/2019, £9.99
A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed author of The Birdwatcher


Paperback, 06/02/2020, £8.99
The new DS Cupidi thriller set in contemporary Kent from the bestselling author of The Birdwatcher and Salt Lane

Butcher's Wood

Hardback, 29/04/2021, £20.99
A theatre actress is killed by a falling lead weight during a play. As DI Sarah Gilchrist and DS Bellamy Heap make their enquiries they find the cast disgruntled with the director, Cat Pinter, regarding her production and that she has recently disappeared. Where has Cat disappeared to? Was the actress deliberately target and, if so, by whom?

Swimming with the Dead

Paperback, 31/01/2020, £12.99
After the body of a man is found outside a lido he was fighting to save from closure, suspicion falls on those looking to redevelop the site. Soon after the man overseeing the development dies in suspicious circumstances. Are the deaths connected to the development, or is there another reason behind them? DI Gilchrist and DS Heap investigate.

The Lady of the Lake

Paperback, 31/05/2021, £13.99
The notoriously difficult landowner Richard Rabbitt is found floating in a lake. Rabbitt had links to shady businessmen in the area, an ex-wife who hated him, and many he was disputing land with including a charismatic former actress. DI Gilchrist and DS Heap must figure out who'd benefit the most from Rabbitt's demise... and who can be trusted?

Song from Dead Lips Breen and Tozer 1

Paperback, 22/05/2014, £9.99
A crime thriller that reveals gritty sixties London in all its power and prejudice.

Book of Scars Breen and Tozer 3

Paperback, 10/03/2016, £9.99
A searing police thriller showing 1969 in a shocking new light


Paperback, 09/02/2017, £8.99
Dark, intelligent crime novel about a policeman with a secret past, and an emotive exploration of violence within the family

House of Knives: Breen and Tozer 2

Paperback, 26/02/2015, £8.99
DS Breen exposes the corruption of power in Shaw's portrait of the dark side of the sixties.
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