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Will it make a splash?

On the Radar — Another one of our most wanted books of 2017 arrives this week and what we’re wondering is just how much of a splash Into the Water is going to make. After all, Paula Hawkins’ first book, The Girl on the Train,…
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The Birdwatcher

Written by William Shaw — The first lines of this contemporary police procedural set up the defining characteristics of the protagonist: “There were two reasons why William South did not want to be on the murder team. “The first was that it was October. The migrating…
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A Book of Scars

Written by William Shaw — You have to feel sorry for Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen, the battered, bruised and emotionally confused cop in William Shaw’s series set in the late 60s. In A Book of Scars, he’s recovering from a bullet wound to the shoulder following…
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A Song from Dead Lips

Written by William Shaw — Crime writers are occasionally given to complaining about how technology has made life harder when it comes to plotting. Many Golden Age authors would certainly have been scuppered by mobile phones or CCTV. So, in theory, the historical crime novel…
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