Sympathy for the Devil
Breen & Tozer: 4
By William Shaw
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
'Big treat in store for fans. And if you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid
'William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction' Peter James
London 1969: A detective in love. A crime of passion
The devil: She made a profit from rich men. They paid for her youth. She paid with her life.
The angel: To investigate the prostitute's murder, DS Cathal Breen isn't scared to question powerful suspects.
The fall: But when a mysterious man from MI6 calls, Breen begins to fear he's uncovered a spy scandal.
And then Breen's girlfriend Helen Tozer, with her ex-copper instincts, gets dangerously involved. Right or wrong, Breen knows he has too much to lose. He can have no sympathy for the devil.
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22 Feb 2018
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Big treat in store for fans. And if you're not a fan yet, why not? — Val McDermid
William Shaw is a superb flowing writer, both of police procedure and personal relations, and perhaps England's most adept at using dialogue (as distinct from description) to propel his always intelligent stories — The Times
This book contains the kind of writing - silky, seductive, unobtrusive - that carries one along. I picked the book up to get a taste of it and an hour later was still reading this clever, absorbing police procedural — Jessica Mann, Literary Review
Shaw's talent for sensuous storytelling comes to the fore as he sets this fourth book in the series in the summer of 1969 . . . A first rate drama. Shaw goes from strength to strength, while making it all seem effortless. — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
The debate about whether or not crime fiction should aspire to literary values rumbles on, but when a writer demonstrates a consummate use of language and can also incorporate the key imperative of the thriller - page-turning - it's a cause for celebration. William Shaw is in that select breed — Barry Forshaw, Financial Times