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Published by Riverrun, 9 February 2017. ISBN:
Police Sergeant William South is
a birdwatcher and unknown to anyone else a murderer. Reluctantly he is instructed to investigate a
murder which has taken place in his road in Dungeness, together with the new
D.S. Alexandra Cupidi.
To his horror he learns that it is his fellow
birdwatcher and good friend Bob Raynor. When a search is carried out
surrounding Bob's house, William finds items he is sure that have come from Bob's
and remembers seeing a number of homeless people around a fire on the same
spot. Could one of them be Bob's killer?
When a man is found hanged, William recognises him
from his childhood and although the police treat it as suicide, William is not
so sure, can there be a connection to Bob's death?
William becomes obsessed with finding the killer
although the police are convinced the hanged man is the culprit hence his
suicide, and William has a big falling out with Cupidi and her superiors. The
more he investigates the more William realises Bob led a very different life to
the one he presented to his friend.
When he finally discovers the truth, his life is in
great danger leading to an exciting and surprising climax.
Running parallel to the main plot is the story of
William's life when he was thirteen years old and growing up in Northern
Ireland at the time of the Troubles. This is cleverly told in a series of
flashbacks throughout the narrative and adds to the build up of tension.
A very good book really well written. It was almost
like reading two books at once with the story of Williams childhood running
through it. Both I found really gripping, revealing many long held secrets both
years ago and at the present time. Well recommended.
Apparently this is the first in a new series about
D.S. Cupidi and I look forward to the ones to follow very much.
William Shawwas born in Newton abbot, Devon, and grew up in
Nigeria and lived for sixteen years in hackney. Starting out as assistant
editor of the post-punk magazine ZigZag, he has been a journalist for The
Observer, The New York Times, Wired, Arena and The Face and
was Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year in 2003. He is the author of several
non-fiction books including Westsiders: Storiesof the Boys in the
Hood, about a year spent with the young men of South Central Los Angeles,
and A Superhero For Hire, a compilation of columns in the Observer
Magazine. A Song from Dead Lips is the first in a trilogy of
crime fiction books set in London in 1968 – 1969. He lives in Brighton.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.