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A House of Knives Breen & Tozer 2 by William Shaw

A House of Knives Breen & Tozer 2

Part of the Breen and Tozer Series

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. London, November 1968. In Marylebone CID, some less-than-enlightened policing policies reign, with suspects routinely beaten up and the only woman working there on the point of resigning. Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat in his in-tray, and a grossly mutilated corpse to deal with. The latter was the rebellious son of a high-profile MP, and familial associations are making the job very difficult for Breen. This impressive book is Shaw’s second in a new crime series.


A House of Knives Breen & Tozer 2 by William Shaw

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.


It's a far out read, man. You'll dig it * Weekend Sport * A distinctive British crime drama, which benefits from a clear moral sense * Daily Mail * Excellent period yarn that tackles bent police, the dark side of hippiedom and utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties * Sun * Insightful . . . a novel about the estrangement of fathers and sons, but Shaw has gone beyond that, creating an elegy for an entire alienated generation * New York Times *

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.

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Publication date

26th February 2015


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riverrun an imprint of Quercus Publishing


480 pages


Crime & mystery



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