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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
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
Non fiction
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Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2015) : A Song from Dead Lips

William Shaw recommends
Brothers in Blood (2017)
(Zaq & Jags, book 1)
Amer Anwar
"This is such a thrillingly authentic slice of London life. No one's written these characters before - and done it so well."
Kill Me Twice (2017)
(Morgan Vine, book 2)
Simon Booker
"So tense, so witty and so hard to put down."
Yesterday (2017)
(Hans Richardson, book 1)
Felicia Yap
"Never has psychological crime fiction been so original, so witty and so inventive. This is an absolute firecracker of a read. I haven't enjoyed a debut this much in ages."
Too Close to Breathe (2018)
(Frankie Sheehan, book 1)
Olivia Kiernan
"Disorderly, dangerous and above all, driven, Frankie Sheehan is the kind of true-to-life protagonist I love."
Fade to Grey (2019)
(Gethin Grey, book 1)
John Lincoln
"I’m an instant Gethin Grey fan. He's the classic PI, brilliantly reinvented for our messy modern times."
What You Did (2019)
Claire McGowan
"Utterly compulsive. It’s the way that McGowan makes you realize that the real horror can come from the people you hold closest that makes this totally compelling."
The Art of Death (2021)
David Fennell
"A tense-as-hell high-body count page turner, but a rarer thing too - one that's also full of genuine warmth and humanity."
Lightseekers (2021)
(Philip Taiwo, book 1)
Femi Kayode
"Thrillingly good. Femi Kayode takes crime fiction— very literally— to new places. Ian Rankin once said the best way to understand a country is to read its crime fiction. Told from the perspective of a returning expatriate, Lightseekers takes us deep into the rich complexities of contemporary Nigeria."
No Place to Run (2022)
Mark Edwards
"This is a belter of a story. A big screen high tension adventure."
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."

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