Author(s): William Shaw
London 1968. A city of two sides. A copper caught in the crossfire. The Black Sheep. The wayward son of a rising MP is mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances. The Honest Detective. DS Cathal Breen dodges political embargo and death threats to pursue the case. The Rolling Stone. Notorious art dealer Robert Fraser may provide the only clue - if only he will talk. And as Breen slips deeper into London's underground of hippies and heroin, he edges nearer to the secrets of those at the very top. Banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, he will finally be forced to fight fire with fire.
'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. 'Excellent period yarn that tackles bent police, the dark side of hippiedom and utterly nails the myth of the Swinging Sixties' Sun.
William Shaw was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, grew up in Nigeria and lived for sixteen years in Hackney. For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including the Observer and the New York Times. A House of Knives is the second in the series which began with A Song from Dead Lips, his first novel. He lives in Brighton.