The main characters in William Shaw’s superb new novel, Deadland, are typical young miscreants, using a borrowed scooter to steal phones from unwary passers-by...
Shaw handles these diverse plotlines brilliantly, demonstrating his ability to write about contemporary events with the same keen intelligence he used in his fine crime novels set in the 1960s.
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"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5
Shaw has made the bleak and inhospitable Kent coastline one of the principal characters in his mysteries, and he is back there again in this second outing for his heroine, DS Alexandra Cupidi.
It opens spectacularly with two 17-year-old misfits stealing a mobile phone on their motorcycle, only to discover that they have stumbled into a crime way out of their league.