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Publisher's Summary

She always went to far.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches.

She was the one who found the killers.

The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions.

And now it was killing her.

It will take an understanding of this strange place - its old ways and new crimes - to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt. 

Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart.

©2018 William Shaw (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction. This is his best book to date." (Peter James)

 "Taut, terrifying and timely." (Val McDermid)

"William Shaw is a superb storyteller." (Peter May)

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  • CJR
  • 05-06-2019

Good overall story not spoilt too much by gaps in the plot

Enjoyable book, well narrated. Plot has some glaring gaps, but made up for weaknesses with a thought provoking story line which made me want to do some background research. Immediately bought sequel.

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  • Mark M.
  • 02-02-2019

First review I’ve left..

And I’ve been through a lot of audiobooks. Loved this. Plot. Character development. Atmosphere. Narration. Really subtle and understated - but gripping at the same time. The Kent setting lends it an interesting angle and adds to the atmosphere. The family relationships are touching. The timely issues dealt with well. Only gripe is the audio levels seemed to drop off occasionally. Would highly recommend - and really hope it develops into a series - would be great to see the characters developed further.

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  • Shi Shu Li
  • 10-02-2019

Whisper hell

I was a great fan of The Birdwatcher, so it's disappointing that a continuation of the universe from Cupidi's point of view falls short in Salt Lane. The story is okay, but Cupidi as a person is characterised as crass yet constantly remorseful which quickly gets old. The friction between her and her daughter is also toe-curling at best. It ruined the development of the case for me every time Cupidi's personal life got in the way. Buuuut.... I almost stopped listening, not because of the main character, but the narration. I'm not sure how to describe how annoying it is, when you literally cannot hear what she's saying as she whispers her way through conversations. And I think I disliked Cupidi even more, because of the indifference of that ridiculous bedroom voice! Basically, you can't expect people to turn the volume up and down during a book...

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  • Nick Greenwood
  • 24-01-2019

Excellent

one of the best of the year, congratulations to William Shaw - and very well read as well

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  • elizawild
  • 04-12-2018

Atmospheric story telling with contemporary theme

Great sense of location, good plot + interesting characters Some excellent present day themed explored well

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  • Rebecca C
  • 20-11-2020

The narration is very annoying

I'll get this book on kindle instead as I loved the last book of William Shaw's that I listened to but really can't get on with this narrator unfortunately.

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  • Jan
  • 01-10-2019

Overhyped; thin characterisation

Looked forward to this, female detective novel but formulaic writing with heavy handed 'female' storylines lacking in insight was irritating. Terrible reading-upper class narrator voice with 'essex clubbing girl' voice for everyone else.

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  • Ann D
  • 12-11-2018

Dull!

I ploughed on until chapter 32, and with 4 hours to go, I just couldn’t go on. For me, none of the characters are engaging. The basic premise of the story is okay, but it just goes on and on, seemingly going nowhere. No doubt the threads, such as they are will be brought together in the end. However, I just don’t get. Too many books, too little time!

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  • KLong
  • 23-11-2020

Reading excellent... story gripping

Enjoyed storyline, learned more about situation and treatment of Stateless migrants... tragic. Great sense of Dunganess and the wetlands. When I purchased this there were negative comments about the reader. In my view she was excellent. She skipped effortlessly from accent to accent, really bringing out character’s personality. I counted around 15 different voices and marvel at the seamless telling. Also liked the fact that the characters had prejudices which were overturned as they learned more about the plight of the migrants.

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  • Jason K.
  • 17-11-2020

very enjoyable

good pace. interesting story great scenery description made more interesting as had just been to dungeness.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 10-06-2020

Enjoyable

A great start to a new series. Good characters, good plot (although I did guess a few things) - I will definitely be reading more from this author.

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