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The Birdwatcher By William Shaw

The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

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Summary

Dark, intelligent crime novel about a policeman with a secret past, and an emotive exploration of violence within the family

The Birdwatcher Summary

The Birdwatcher: A dark, intelligent novel from a modern crime master by William Shaw

WHAT DRIVES GOOD MEN TO MURDER?
'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid
'The most gripping book I've read in years. William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storyteller' Peter May

'Grips the reader by the throat and never lets go' Independent

Sergeant William South has always avoided investigating murder. A passionate birdwatcher and quiet man, he has few relationships and prefers it that way.

But when his only friend is found brutally beaten, South's detachment is tested. Not only is he bereft - it seems that there's a connection between the suspect and himself.

For South has a secret. He knows the kind of rage that killed his friend. He knows the kind of man who could do it. He knows, because Sergeant William South himself is a murderer.

Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.

The Birdwatcher Reviews

Superb description of a haunting, blighted landscape. His best book so far. * C. J. Sansom *
A brilliantly constructed thriller, told part in flashback to his traumatic past, it's utterly compulsive, written in sharp, unsentimental style, and with a wonderfully atmospheric storm-battered setting * Sunday Mirror *
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 - but also allows every word to register with exactly the right amount of resonance. And that's not to forget the idiomatic dialogue, which is another Shaw specialty . . . The Birdwatcher, it might be argued, is Shaw's most accomplished (and most visceral) book yet . . . [The] unsparing treatment of the personality of South - and the dark drives that can lead people to murder - that is at the chilling heart of this book -- Barry Forshaw * Independent *
a fine, atmospheric, emotionally compelling thriller -- John Williams * Mail on Sunday *
A 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 *
An astoundingly good crime novel * Elly Griffiths *
Packs an emotional punch that hits all the harder because of the absence of histrionics. Crime Books of the Year * Telegraph *
The Birdwatcher: the most gripping book I've read in years. William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storyteller * Peter May *
If you're not a fan yet, why not? * Val McDermid *

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.

Additional information

GOR008062477
9781784297244
1784297240
The Birdwatcher: A dark, intelligent novel from a modern crime master by William Shaw
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Quercus Publishing
2017-02-09
400
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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