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About the Author
William Shaw is an award-winning music journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood. Prior to becoming a crime writer, he worked at the post-punk magazine ZigZag and a journalist for The Observer, The New York Times, Wired, Arena, and The Face. He lives in Sussex, England.
One of "Summer's chilliest thrillers... Shaw's prose still sinks its hooks in."
"I liked its discreet, thoughtful prose. . . . By its theatrical but moving conclusion, The Birdwatcher
has become an excellent read."—Charles Finch
, USA Today
"William Shaw's The Birdwatcher
is a gem of an addition to the stellar Mulholland line of crime fiction. Shaw's writing is true British procedural; lean and spectacle-free, it nevertheless grabs and doesn't let go. With minimal telling, Shaw paints full characters and relationships with seemingly preternatural ease. Particularly satisfying are South's relationship with Cupidi's daughter Zoe and emotional flashbacks to his childhood in Ireland during the Troubles. A well-plotted mystery with love and loyalty at its core,The Birdwatcher is a gratifying standalone that both satisfies and cries for more
."—Shelf Awareness [starred review]
"A gem of an addition to the stellar Mulholland line of crime fiction. Shaw's writing is true British procedural; lean and spectacle-free, it nevertheless grabs and doesn't let go. . . . A well-plotted mystery with love and loyalty at its core, The Birdwatcher
is a gratifying standalone that both satisfies and cries for more."—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"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)
"A totally satisfying mystery from the first page to the last."
"There is a lot going on in this book which is artfully presented to the intelligent reader. I've read all of William Shaw's novels to date and consider him to be one of the top major talents to emerge in the last five years. Rating: A"
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"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."
"Shaw crafts a delicious atmosphere."
[is] exquisite in every way. A slow-burn book that begins with a violent crime and ends explosively... You won't want to put it down."—BookReporter
"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"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]