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A Song from Dead Lips

(2013)
(She's Leaving Home)
(The first book in the DS Breen and WPC Tozer series)
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Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
London, 1968: The body of a teenage girl is found just steps away from the Beatles' Abbey Road recording studio.

The police are called to a residential street in St John's Wood where an unidentified young woman has been strangled. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen believes she may be one of the many Beatles fans who regularly camp outside Abbey Road Studios. With his reputation tarnished by an inexplicable act of cowardice, this is Breen's last chance to prove he's up to the job.

Breen is of the generation for whom reaching adulthood meant turning into one's parents and accepting one's place in the world. But the world around him is changing beyond recognition. Nothing illustrates the shift more than Helen Tozer, a brazen and rambunctious young policewoman assisting him with the case. Together they navigate a world on edge, where conservative tradition gives way to frightening new freedoms -- and troubling new crimes.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties; a young girl's murder on a bleak housing estate near the Beatles' recording studio leads an intrepid police duo into a world of inter-generational quarrels, racial tensions, and arms dealing. The totemic year of '68 will never seem the same again." - C J Sansom


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Used availability for William Shaw's A Song from Dead Lips

Hardback Editions

February 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: She's Leaving Home (A Breen and Tozer Mystery (1))
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 0-316-24684-0 / 978-0-316-24684-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips: the first book in the gritty Breen & Tozer series (Breen and Tozer)
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 1-78206-416-8 / 978-1-78206-416-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips: Breen & Tozer 1 (Breen and Tozer): the first book in the gritty Breen & Tozer series
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 1-78206-419-2 / 978-1-78206-419-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: She's Leaving Home (A Breen and Tozer Mystery (1))
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 0-316-24685-9 / 978-0-316-24685-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips: Breen & Tozer 1 (Breen and Tozer)
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 1-78206-417-6 / 978-1-78206-417-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

2012 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Song From Dead Lips
Author(s): William Shaw
ISBN: 1-4712-9381-5 / 978-1-4712-9381-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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February 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: She's Leaving Home
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: She's Leaving Home
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


August 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: She's Leaving Home (Breen and Tozer Book 1)
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Song from Dead Lips: the first book in the gritty Breen & Tozer series (Breen and Tozer)
Author(s): William Shaw
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU