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A Song for the Brokenhearted

By William Shaw

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Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 2016
The earthshaking decade of the 1960s comes to a sweeping and dangerous close, as William Shaw's detective duo battle the most powerful members of London society.After being wounded in the line of duty, Detective Sergeant Breen recuperates on the family farm of his former partner, Helen Tozer. To fill the long and empty hours, he reviews the open case file for a murder that has haunted Helen for years: that of her younger sister. Breen discovers that the teenage victim had been having a secret affair with James Fletchet, the son of an affluent local landowner, celebrated for his service in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising.Breen and Tozer return to London's Criminal Investigation Division, where their questions about Fletchet's past are met with resistance and suspicion. The deeper they probe, the more people they implicate in their investigation. New Scotland Yard doesn't look kindly upon breaking rank, and it's only a matter of time before Breen and Tozer make themselves a target.Shaw's stirring, heartfelt and diabolically plotted mystery series is everything a reader looks for: enveloping, invigorating, and wonderfully entertaining.

About the Author

William Shaw is an award-winning pop-culture journalist, who has has written regularly for the UK's "Observer, Independent, " and "Telegraph," as well as the "New York Times, Wired" and "Details." His previous novels to feature Breen and Tozer are "She's Leaving Home" and "The Kings of London." Shaw lives in Sussex, England.


"A standout job" "BookPage"" "A haunting look at the 60's . . . The dialogue is razor-sharp and the London scene is brilliantly authentic." "Linda Fairstein, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Death Game" and "Night Watch""" "[Breen] is nervy, a true original in his line of work, altogether the most welcome new crime solver in British fiction. . . . You'll never read a better evocation of London circa 1968." Jack Batten, "Toronto Star"" "A slow burn . . . Good to the last ember" Arielle Landau, "New York Daily News"" "A standout job . . . Keep an eye out for this dynamic duo." "BookPage"" "A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties....The totemic year of '68 will never seem the same again." "C.J. Sansom, bestselling author of the Matthew Shardlake Series and "Dominion""" "Thoroughly gripping . . . Shaw draws incisive attention to little-known historical events and crafts a wholly satisfying thriller." "Kirkus Reviews"" "A first-rate mystery and a compelling and accurate portrait of a changing society" Laura Wilson, "The Guardian [UK]"" "Combines nostalgic period detail with an emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction." "The Sunday Times [UK]"" "A proper conspiracy thriller . . . William Shaw delivers a perfect motive in the third of his excellent Breen and Tozer mysteries . . . It involves real history, real people, real crimes with real consequence." Jeff Noon, "Spectator [UK]"" "Superb . . . Shaw picks up multiple plot threads, expertly weaving them into a complex story . . . Shaw perfectly captures the end of an uneasy era, and the utterly terrifying final scene will leave readers breathless." "Publishers Weekly (starred)"" "Gripping . . . Echoes Robert Galbraith's crime novels, and neither author suffers by the comparison. This is a totally engaging series." "Library Journal (starred review)"" "Shaw raises the bar with each entry in this series. . . . A genre-bending psychological thriller, perfect for those who like Elizabeth George's Lynley novels." "Booklist (starred review)"" PRAISE FOR THE BREEN AND TOZER SERIES"Insightful . . . An elegy for an entire alienated generation." Marilyn Stasio, "New York Times Book Review"" PRAISE FOR "SHE'S LEAVING HOME""A reminder of the multiple joys of [a] police procedural with quirky characters, crisp dialog, and, in this case, a healthy dose of period detail . . . Spread the word." "Library Journal (starred review)""

EAN: 9780316246910
ISBN: 0316246913
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Dimensions: 24.13 x 15.75 x 3.3 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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