FICTION

The Birdwatcher

Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780316316248. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316316255. F
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When William South was a child, he and his mother relocated to a small town on the rugged Kentish coast of England from Northern Ireland, after his father was murdered. Now a detective, he is a trusted member of his community and is well known to locals as an avid amateur birdwatcher. When a fellow birdwatcher and neighbor is discovered dead in his home, Alexandra Cupidi, a policewoman from London, is assigned to assist William in solving the case. However, once someone personally connected to the death of William's father is also found murdered, he is taken off the case. While on leave from the force, William continues to investigate the killings until his own secrets are unveiled.
VERDICT 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.

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