The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher

eBook - 2017
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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.

Baker & Taylor
When a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his remote home, Police Sergeant William South, who may have murdered a man when he was a child in Northern Ireland, finds his world turned upside down. By the author of A Song for the Brokenhearted.

& Taylor

Living with the secret that, as a child in Northern Ireland, he may have killed a man, Police Sergeant William South finds his world turned upside down when the only person connecting him to his early crime is murdered.

Publisher: Mulholland Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780316466424
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Jun 14, 2018

An author I'd never heard of before. I took a chance and enjoyed this atmospheric mystery/ police procedural and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Interesting characters and plot. Highly enjoyed.

JessicaGma May 15, 2018

It was a good murder mystery and procedural. Again, I didn't expect much from the book, and got sucked in. It does sort of leave you hanging a bit at the end, so it remains to be seen if the character will reappear in other books.

KHaney Aug 10, 2017

Had a bad day, and needed to escape into a book, picked this one up yesterday and headed out around the pool with it. Bad day receded...time went on...skipped dinner ...kept reading, only looked up when I finished the book to immediately put another of William Shaw's books on hold! So happy when I discover a great new author. Loved the somewhat tormented, but honourable main character, would love to see him again in another book, but not too sure that will happen.

Jul 22, 2017

Now I know what all the fuss was about. I feel like I'm the last person on the planet to read this & wish I'd got to it sooner. Great read, devoured it in a day. Highly recommend this, especially if you're a fan of Ann Cleeves, Jim Kelly, Stuart Neville and/or Anthony Quinn.


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