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William Shaw - Author

About the Author

William Shaw was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, grew up in Nigeria and lived for sixteen years in Hackney. For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including the Observer and the New York Times. A Song from Dead Lips is his first novel, which is followed by the next in the series, A House of Knives. He lives in Brighton.

Featured books by William Shaw

A Song from Dead Lips

A Song from Dead Lips

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

London, 1968. The Runaway. A young woman is found naked and strangled in an alley in well-to-do St John's Wood. The African. The neighbours would love to pin it on the enigmatic black stranger who has just moved in. The Pariah. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is convinced there's more to the case than anyone wants to admit; no-one's listening. The Outsider. In walks WPC Helen Tozer - awkward chatterbox, farmgirl, and the first woman to enter the murder unit - and gives Breen a breakthrough. A Song from Dead Lips is a crime thriller that shows the glorified sixties close-up, as it really was - comfortably sexist, racially prejudiced, class-bound and crawling with corruption.

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Other books by William Shaw

The Trawlerman

The Trawlerman

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

THE STUNNING FOURTH BOOK IN THE DS ALEXANDRA CUPIDI INVESTIGATIONS FROM ONE OF CRIME FICTION'S FINEST WRITERS A DOUBLE MURDER The naked corpses of Aylmer and Mary Younis are discovered in their home. The only clues are a note written in blood and an eerie report of two spectral figures departing the crime scene. Officer Jill Ferriter is charged with investigating the murders while her colleague Alex Cupidi is on leave, recovering from post-traumatic stress. AN ELABORATE SCAM The dead couple had made investments in a green reforestry scheme in Guatemala, resulting in the loss of all their savings. What is more disturbing is that Cupidi and Ferriter's disgraced former colleague and friend Bill South is also on the list of investors and the Younis's were not the only losers. AN UNLIKELY KILLER Despite being in counselling and receiving official warnings to stay away from police work Cupidi finds herself dragged into the case and begins to trawl among the secrets and lies that are held in the fishing community of Folkestone. Desperate to exonerate South she finds herself murderously compromised when personal relationships cloud her judgement. Pacey, intense and riddled with surprising twists, The Trawlerman shows that deceit can be found in the most unlikely places. The brooding waters of the Kent coastline offer an ominous backdrop for this lively page-turner of corruption, mental health and the complexities of human connection.

Grave's End

Grave's End

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2021

'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' VAL MCDERMID 'A superb storyteller' PETER MAY A BIZARRE DISCOVERY An unidentified corpse is found in a freezer in the garage of an unoccupied house. DS Alexandra Cupidi is handed a case that is made even colder by no-one seeming to know or care whose body it is. A HISTORIC CRIME It becomes clear there is a connection between the crime and a skeleton uncovered underneath a housing development of Trevor Grey, a boy who went missing twenty five years earlier. A BURIED LIFE Digging deep into secrets that have long been concealed brings Cupidi to face a deadly conspiracy to hide these crimes. Her investigation is complicated by a secret liaison, a political cover-up and the underground life of Trevor Grey's only friend. With meticulously realised characters and a brooding setting, Grave's End confronts the crisis in housing, environmentalism, historic cases of abuse and the protection given to badgers by the law. The third book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series confirms William Shaw as one of our finest writers of crime fiction

A Book of Scars

A Book of Scars

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2021

PEACE IS OUT. REVENGE IS ON. 'William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction' Peter James 'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid 'An emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year Never forgotten Teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm. Five years later, her sister Helen will return. Never suspected As soon as DS Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, the man goes missing. And so does Helen. Never revealed The only connection between the suspects is the Kenya Emergency - a nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget. But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is taken, Breen fears that history - in all its shame and horror - is coming back to haunt them.

Premeditated

Premeditated

Author: William Shaw, Julia Crouch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Grave's End

Grave's End

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' VAL MCDERMID 'A superb storyteller' PETER MAY A BIZARRE DISCOVERY An unidentified corpse is found in a freezer in the garage of an unoccupied house. DS Alexandra Cupidi is handed a case that is made even colder by no-one seeming to know or care whose body it is. A HISTORIC CRIME It becomes clear there is a connection between the crime and a skeleton uncovered underneath a housing development of Trevor Grey, a boy who went missing twenty five years earlier. A BURIED LIFE Digging deep into secrets that have long been concealed brings Cupidi to face a deadly conspiracy to hide these crimes. Her investigation is complicated by a secret liaison, a political cover-up and the underground life of Trevor Grey's only friend. With meticulously realised characters and a brooding setting, Grave's End confronts the crisis in housing, environmentalism, historic cases of abuse and the protection given to badgers by the law. The third book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series confirms William Shaw as one of our finest writers of crime fiction.

Deadland

Deadland

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

***The bestselling William Shaw returns with a thrilling investigation in the unmissable new series*** 'One of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction' PETER JAMES 'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' VAL MCDERMID 'A superb storyteller' PETER MAY YOU CAN RUN The two boys never fitted in. Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they're ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what's his - and ready to kill for it. YOU CAN HIDE On the other side of Kent's wealth divide, DS Alexandra Cupidi faces the strangest murder investigation of her career. A severed limb, hidden inside a modern sculpture in Margate's Turner Contemporary. No one takes it seriously - not even the artwork's owners, celebrity dealers who act like they're above the law. YOU CAN DIE But as Cupidi's case becomes ever more sinister, as she wrangles with police politics and personal dilemmas, she can't help worrying about those runaway boys. Seventeen, the same age as her own headstrong daughter. Alone, on the marshes, they're pawns in someone else's game. Two worlds are about to collide. Kent and its social divisions are brilliantly captured in Deadland, a crime thriller that's as ingeniously unguessable as it is moving and powerful.

A Gaelic and English Dictionary

A Gaelic and English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2018

A Gaelic and English Dictionary

A Gaelic and English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2018

A Galic and English Dictionary

A Galic and English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2018

A Galic and English Dictionary

A Galic and English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2018

A Gaelic And English Dictionary

A Gaelic And English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2018

A Galic and English Dictionary

A Galic and English Dictionary

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2018