The Birdwatcher

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

byWilliam Shaw

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Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.

A methodical, diligent, and exceptionally bright detective, South is an avid birdwatcher and trusted figure in his small town on the rugged Kentish coast. He also lives with the deeply buried secret that, as a child in Northern Ireland, he may have killed a man. When a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his remote home, South's world flips.

The culprit seems to be a drifter from South's childhood; the victim was the only person connecting South to his early crime; and a troubled, vivacious new female sergeant has been relocated from London and assigned to work with South. As our hero investigates, he must work ever-harder to keep his own connections to the victim, and his past, a secret.

The Birdwatcher is British crime fiction at its finest; a stirring portrait of flawed, vulnerable investigators; a meticulously constructed mystery; and a primal story of fear, loyalty and vengeance.

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Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.A methodical, diligent, and exceptionally bright detective, South is an avid birdwatcher and trusted figure in his small town on the rugged Kentish coast. He also lives with the deeply buried secret that, as a child in North...

William Shaw is an award-winning pop-culture journalist, who has has written regularly for the UK's Observer and Independent, as well as the New York Times. His previous novels to feature Breen and Tozer are She's Leaving Home, The Kings of London, and A Song for the Brokenhearted. Shaw lives in Sussex, England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316316245

ISBN - 13:9780316316248

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"The Birdwatcher is an astoundingly good crime novel. The characters and setting are brilliantly drawn--the descriptions spare but always telling--and the plot builds to an unforgettable resolution."-Elly Griffiths, author of The Woman in Blue