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Marylebone, November 1968. Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat and two burned bodies on his hands. One is an un-mourned vagrant; the other the son of a politician. One case suffers the apathy of the police; the other obstructed by a PR-conscious father. Then the potential perpetrator of his death threats is murdered. Banished from a corrupt system, Breen is finally forced to fight fire with fire.

©2014 William Shaw (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"London in 1968 is an evocative setting and Shaw skilfully re-creates an era of social turmoil and class conflict" ( Sunday Times)

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  • Mark
  • 09-09-2019

I like this series by William Shaw

I like this series written by William Shaw and narrated by Cameron Stewart. Not exactly Noir style, more of a blast from the past because it is set in London in the late sixties. The characters are well developed and credible, and like the story, there is often more going on below the surface than first appearances might suggest. Too cryptic? O.K. William Shaw weaves murder, mystery, suspense and sometimes comedy or irony into a multi layered book which I find enjoyable and entertaining enough to place in the top tier of my library and I've already put the next installment in my wish list.

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  • J. Wigney
  • 09-09-2016

I liked this so much I listened to it twice

it's well read and easy listening. interesting plots without being too complicated to follow

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  • Brian Marriott
  • 22-02-2020

Excellent story

loved this mystery, lots of twists and turns . Breen is like an Irish Jack Frost.

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  • Nicky Richmond
  • 18-05-2018

Absorbing

The narration has improved a lot from the first in the series and the writing was better too. I like the characters and the period detail was well done. Would suit anyone who likes PD James and Ian Rankin. Not sure why main character has an Irish accent if he’s never been there though.

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