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William Shaw

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aka G W Shaw

William Shaw is the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood, about a year spent with the young men of South Central Los Angeles, and A Superhero For Hire, a compilation of columns in the Observer Magazine. A Song from Dead Lips is the first in a trilogy of crime fiction books set in London in 1968 1969. 

Starting out as assistant editor of the post-punk magazine ZigZag, he has been a journalist for The Observer, The New York Times, Wired, Arena and The Face and was Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Genres: Mystery
New and upcoming books
DS Breen and WPC Tozer
   1. A Song from Dead Lips (2013)

     aka She's Leaving Home

   2. A House of Knives (2014)

     aka The Kings of London

   3. A Book of Scars (2015)

     aka A Song for the Brokenhearted

   4. Sympathy for the Devil (2017)

     aka Play With Fire

DS Alexandra Cupidi
   The Birdwatcher (2016)
   1. Salt Lane (2018)
   2. Deadland (2019)
   3. Grave's End (2020)
   4. The Trawlerman (2021)
   5. The Wild Swimmers (2024)
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William Shaw recommends
The Square of Sevens (2023)
Laura Shepherd-Robinson
"This is such a glorious adventure, full of scheming and betrayal, with a delicious whiff of magic at its heart. Our hero holds only a few cards, and she must play them exactly right if she wants to survive."
You Can Run (2023)
Trevor Wood
"A tour de force. From behind the twitching curtains of a small divided village a force of unlikely ne'er do wells come together in this edgy, electrifying modern thriller. Once again Wood proves himself a brilliant champion of the underdog."
No Place to Run (2022)
Mark Edwards
"This is a belter of a story. A big screen high tension adventure."

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