A searing police thriller showing 1969 in a shocking new light
PEACE IS OUT. REVENGE IS ON.
'An emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year
'Unfolds a fascinatingly dark tale' Spectator
Teenager Alexandra Tozer was murdered on her family's farm. Five years later, her sister Helen will return.
As soon as DS Breen tracks down the original investigating sergeant, the man goes missing. And so does Helen.
The only connection between the suspects is the Kenya Emergency - a nightmare that Englishmen prefer to forget.
But others remember. Every bloody detail. And when another woman is taken, Breen fears that history - in all its shame and horror - is coming back to haunt them.
A Book of Scars combines nostalgic period detail with an emotional intensity found only in the very best crime fiction - Sunday Times
William Shaw delivers a perfect motive in the third of his excellent Breen and Tozer mysteries . . . Shaw reminds us that 'brutality creates brutality', and this is true for every side of a conflict. The killer's explanatory speech, a bit perfunctory in most crime books, here unfolds a fascinatingly dark tale . . . This is a proper conspiracy thriller, with shameful secrets hidden behind government regulation. It involves real history, real people, real crimes with real consequences - Spectator
A Book of Scars is both a first-rate mystery and a compelling and accurate portrait of a changing society that is confused about the present and ill-at-ease with the past - Guardian
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.