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    • Publication date:05 Jun 2014
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A House of Knives

Breen & Tozer 2

By William Shaw

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An honest detective comprehends the corrupting influence of power in a crime thriller that portrays the dark side of the sixties.


'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.

Biographical Notes

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and nominated for a Barry Award. A regular at festivals, he organises panel talks and CWA events across the south east.
Shaw is the author of the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives, A Book of Scars and Sympathy for the Devil; and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He is writing a new crime series starring the character DS Alexandra Cupidi from The Birdwatcher, the first of which is Salt Lane. He worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.

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  • ISBN: 9781848667426
  • Publication date: 26 Feb 2015
  • Page count: 480
  • Imprint: riverrun
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
Excellent period yarn that tackles bent police, the dark side of hippiedom and utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties — Sun
A distinctive British crime drama, which benefits from a clear moral sense — Daily Mail
It's a far out read, man. You'll dig it — Weekend Sport