A House of Knives: the second Breen & Tozer mystery set in the corrupt underground of 60's London - Breen and Tozer (Paperback)
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A House of Knives: the second Breen & Tozer mystery set in the corrupt underground of 60's London - Breen and Tozer (Paperback)

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GET HIGH. FALL FAR.

'An elegy for an entire alienated generation' New York Times


'Utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties' Sun


The Black Sheep

The wayward son of a rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances.

The Honest Detective

DS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue the case.

The Rolling Stone

Notorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide the only clue - if only he will talk.

And as Breen slips deeper into London's underground of hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781848667426
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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, on A Song from Dead Lips *
Insightful . . . a novel about the estrangement of fathers and sons, but Shaw has gone beyond that, creating an elegy for an entire alienated generation * New York Times *
Excellent period yarn that tackles bent police, the dark side of hippiedom and utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties * Sun *
A distinctive British crime drama, which benefits from a clear moral sense * Daily Mail *
It's a far out read, man. You'll dig it * Weekend Sport *
Convincing atmosphere, lively dialogue and a fun cop duo unite Beatlemania, English racism and the Biafran war * The Times, on A Song from Dead Lips *
London in 1968 is an evocative setting and Shaw skilfully re-creates an era of social turmoil and class conflict . . . against a vivid background of pop culture, casual racism and Britain's involvement in the bitter civil war in Nigeria * Sunday Times, on A Song from Dead Lips *
Excellent . . . A gripping story, with two appealing protagonists and impeccably researched period detail well deployed throughout. * Guardian, on A Song from Dead Lips *
A seismic mix of corruption and bigotry, couched in a prose of real distinction * Good Book Guide, on A Song from Dead Lips *
Missed the sixties? Then grab a copy of William Shaws superb A Song From Dead Lips. This is a terrific mystery novel that moves at the speed of a sixties' three minute single and has the best female character this side of Salander in many a year. You can literally hear the Beatles as this andrenalined narrative jets along. The most startling original crime of the year * Ken Bruen, on A Song from Dead Lips *

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Raven88

“Back with a bang...”

A House of Knives sees the more than welcome return of DS Cathal ‘Paddy’ Breen, and his amiable sidekick TDC Helen Tozer in this London based thriller at the latter end of the Swinging Sixties. The first book from... More

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