Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil : Breen & Tozer: 4

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Description

'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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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 34mm | 320g
  • riverrun
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784297283
  • 9781784297282
  • 222,743

Review Text

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
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Review quote

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 * 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 *
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About William Shaw

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. His books include the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London, the newest series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.
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Rating details

439 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 34% (148)
4 43% (187)
3 19% (84)
2 4% (18)
1 0% (2)
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