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Author: William Shaw Narrator: Roger Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781478975168
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Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.

**Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

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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Quotes & Awards

  • "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
  • A fine, atmospheric, emotionally compelling thriller." Thriller of the Week.—Mail on Sunday [UK]
  • A gripping plot, atmospheric setting, highly believable characters, and dialogue you can imagine real people saying, make this a contender for thriller of the year. The Sun [UK]
  • Well told [and] affecting. The writing is beautifully understated, and the characters are vividly drawn and likable in their imperfections. Shaw makes the stony landscape an important element in the work; it becomes, by the end of the story, a place to which readers will feel a curiously strong attachment. Booklist (starred review)
  • Award-winning author Shaw ("Breen and Tozer" series) delivers an outstanding stand-alone novel; its gritty protagonist, intricate plot, and atmospheric description of the English countryside will please readers of Tana French's 'Dublin Murder Squad' series. Library Journal
  • Engaging . . . A fine procedural . . . The action builds to a thrilling ending. Publishers Weekly
  • "The Birdwatcher is Shaw's most accomplished book yet, and a demonstration of why so many of his fellow writers have lined up to praise him. The Independent [UK]
  • A brilliantly constructed thriller . . . Utterly compulsive, written in sharp, unsentimental style, and with a wonderfully atmospheric storm-battered setting. Sunday Mirror [UK]
  • William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storyteller. The Birdwatcher is the most gripping book I've read in years. Peter May, Barry Award-winning author of The Lewis Trilogy

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About the Author

William Shaw is a novelist and award-winning pop-culture journalist, writing regularly for the London Times, Independent, and Telegraph, as well as the New York Times, Wired, and Details. He lives in Sussex, England.