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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

Birdwatcher

Birdwatcher

Author: William Shaw Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2017

Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.**Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the YearA methodical, diligent, and exceptionally bright detective, South is an avid birdwatcher and trusted figure in his small town on the rugged Kentish coast. He also lives with the deeply buried secret that, as a child in Northern Ireland, he may have killed a man. When a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his remote home, South's world flips.The culprit seems to be a drifter from South's childhood; the victim was the only person connecting South to his early crime; and a troubled, vivacious new female sergeant has been relocated from London and assigned to work with South. As our hero investigates, he must work ever-harder to keep his own connections to the victim, and his past, a secret.The Birdwatcher is British crime fiction at its finest; a stirring portrait of flawed, vulnerable investigators; a meticulously constructed mystery; and a primal story of fear, loyalty and vengeance.

An Analysis of the Galic Language

An Analysis of the Galic Language

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Sympathy for the Devil Breen & Tozer: 4

Sympathy for the Devil Breen & Tozer: 4

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

'Big treat in store for fans. And if you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid SUMMER OF LOVE She made a profit from her youth. She's not beautiful anymore - but she will be young forever. Called away from his pregnant girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen knows the sight of the murdered prostitute will be with him all his life. But this is what he does: he finds killers. Helen Tozer, more than most, understands why. SUMMER OF DEATH The girl they called Julie Teenager had a client list full of suspects - all rich, powerful - and protected. Someone warns off the beat coppers; someone disturbs the crime scene. Breen begins to fear that this is more than the murder of a prostitute. It's political. Then Helen, with her ex-copper's instincts and fierce moral sense, gets dangerously involved. And Breen knows he has more to lose than ever before. He is about to become a father. He can have no sympathy for the devil. Breen and Tozer met through murder. They work in a world before forensics or criminal databases; a world that's bigoted and brutal. Tense, dramatic and ingeniously plotted, Sympathy for the Devil is a gripping police thriller that delivers crime with a conscience.

Memoir of the Rev. William Shaw

Memoir of the Rev. William Shaw

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2017

The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

WHAT DRIVES GOOD MEN TO MURDER? 'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid 'The most gripping book I've read in years. William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storyteller' Peter May 'Grips the reader by the throat and never lets go' Independent Sergeant William South has always avoided investigating murder. A passionate birdwatcher and quiet man, he has few relationships and prefers it that way. But when his only friend is found brutally beaten, South's detachment is tested. Not only is he bereft - it seems that there's a connection between the suspect and himself. For South has a secret. He knows the kind of rage that killed his friend. He knows the kind of man who could do it. He knows, because Sergeant William South himself is a murderer. Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.

The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher

Author: William Shaw Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2016

'Superb description of a haunting, blighted landscape. His best book so far.' C. J. Sansom Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation. He is a murderer himself. But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it. But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood. Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.

A Book of Scars Breen & Tozer 3

A Book of Scars Breen & Tozer 3

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2016

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.

Business Ethics A Textbook with Cases

Business Ethics A Textbook with Cases

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2015

BUSINESS ETHICS, 9th Edition is a comprehensive and practical guide that will help you with real life ethical issues that rise in the business world. It will assist you through the process of developing the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to successfully navigate the unique set of problems that emerge when ethics and commerce collide. This book focuses on key ethical concepts and emphasizes the real world importance of critical topics such as the nature of morality, major theories of ethics and economic justice, and competing views of capitalism and corporate responsibility. It is thorough, flexible, and designed to bolster student involvement with the material for better comprehension and understanding.

A Book of Scars Breen & Tozer 3

A Book of Scars Breen & Tozer 3

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

1969. Five years ago, teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family farm. Her sister Helen Tozer will never forget. Returning home after quitting the Met Police, she brings with her the recovering Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen, who slowly becomes possessed by the unsolved case. He discovers the Tozers were never told the whole truth. Alexandra was tortured for twenty-four hours before she died. But when he tracks down the original investigating sergeant, the man goes missing. And so does Helen. Suspicion falls on her. But Breen is on a trail that goes far beyond the death of a schoolgirl. For the two men connected to this case met in Kenya, during the Mau Mau uprising; and the history that Britain has turned its face from is now returning to haunt it. So when another innocent woman is abducted, Breen knows he has just twenty-four hours to save her. The third book in a powerful deconstruction of the sixties, A Book of Scars tears strips off the Drug Squad, the Kenya Emergency and the upheaval of society as we knew it - to lay bare forgotten crimes, and tell the history of the losers.

A Song from Dead Lips

A Song from Dead Lips

Author: William Shaw Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/03/2015

London, 1968. A young woman is found naked and strangled in an alley in well-to-do St John's Wood. The neighbours would love to pin it on the enigmatic black stranger who has just moved in. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is convinced there's more to the case than anyone wants to admit; no-one's listening. In walks WPC Helen Tozer - awkward chatterbox, farmgirl, and the first woman to enter the murder unit - and gives Breen a breakthrough.

A House of Knives Breen & Tozer 2

A House of Knives Breen & Tozer 2

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

GET HIGH. FALL FAR. '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 'Utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties' Sun The Black Sheep The wayward son of a rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances. The Honest Detective DS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue the case. The Rolling Stone Notorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide the only clue - if only he will talk. And as Breen slips deeper into London's underground of hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire.

An Analysis of the Galic Language. by William Shaw, A.M. the Second Edition

An Analysis of the Galic Language. by William Shaw, A.M. the Second Edition

Author: William Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2010

Superhero for Hire: True Stories From the Small Ads

Superhero for Hire: True Stories From the Small Ads

Author: William Shaw, Jarvis Cocker Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2004

Everyone has had their eye caught by an unusual classified advertisement and wondered about the story behind it. For the past two years William Shaw has investigated the eccentric, sad and occasionally alarming truth behind these ads and written about them for the Observer magazine. This book brings together, in expanded form, the most remarkable of those pieces. In it we encounter, among many others, the mother searching for the death certificate of her dead Bulgarian husband; the young woman investigating the healing power of crop circles; and the angry man, adopted in childhood, who after twenty years searching for his birth father was rejected by him and now wants to form a rock band with other adoptees. Superhero for Hire is a transporting book that satisfies our insatiable curiosity about other people's lives. It is as surprisingly moving as it is highly entertaining.