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A Song for the Brokenhearted

A Song for the Brokenhearted

The earthshaking decade of the 1960s comes to a sweeping and dangerous close, as William Shaw’s detective duo battle the most powerful members of London society.

After being wounded in the line of duty, Detective Sergeant Breen recuperates on the family farm of his former partner, Helen Tozer. To fill the long and empty hours, he reviews the open case file for a murder that has haunted Helen for years: that of her younger sister. Breen discovers that the teenage victim had been having a secret affair with James Fletchet, the son of an affluent local landowner, celebrated for his service in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising.

Breen and Tozer return to London’s Criminal Investigation Division, where their questions about Fletchet’s past are met with resistance and suspicion. The deeper they probe, the more people they implicate in their investigation. New Scotland Yard doesn’t look kindly upon breaking rank, and it’s only a matter of time before Breen and Tozer make themselves a target.

Shaw’s stirring, heartfelt and diabolically plotted mystery series is everything a reader looks for: enveloping, invigorating, and wonderfully entertaining.
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Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger Award, 2016

Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Crime

On Sale: January 19th 2016

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 416

ISBN-13: 9780316246897

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"A reminder of the multiple joys of [a] police procedural with quirky characters, crisp dialog, and, in this case, a healthy dose of period detail . . . Spread the word."
Library Journal (starred review)
"A standout job"
"A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties....The totemic year of '68 will never seem the same again."
C.J. Sansom, bestselling author of the Matthew Shardlake Series and Winter in Madrid
"A haunting look at the 60's . . . The dialogue is razor-sharp and the London scene is brilliantly authentic."
Linda Fairstein, New York Times-bestselling author of Death Game and Night Watch
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A Breen and Tozer Mystery