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A House of Knives: the second Breen & Tozer mystery set in the corrupt underground of 60's London

William Shaw

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Breen and Tozer, Fiction, Crime & mystery

DS Breen exposes the corruption of power in Shaw's portrait of the dark side of the sixties.


'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.

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Praise for A House of Knives: the second Breen & Tozer mystery set in the corrupt underground of 60's London

  • 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

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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.

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