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.
What a pleasure it is when one discovers a writer who combines ironclad storytelling techniques with the linguistic finesse of more literary novelists. William Shaw is surely such a writer, a man whose command of narrative grips the reader by the throat from page one, and never lets go - Independent, on The BirdwatcherA gripping plot, atmospheric setting, highly believable characters and dialogue you can imagine real people saying, make this a contender for thriller of the year - Sun, on The BirdwatcherA first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties - C. J. Sansom, on A Song from Dead LipsA gripping story, impeccably researched - Guardian, on A Song from Dead LipsOver the course of a thrilling plot, William Shaw succeeds in recreating all the political tension and cultural upheaval of an explosive time - Figaro, on A Song from Dead LipsAn elegy for an entire alienated generation - New York Times, on A House of KnivesSuperb crime novels . . . an emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction' Crime Book of the Month - Sunday Times on A Book of Scars