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She's Leaving Homeby William Shaw
Synopses & Reviews
London, 1968: The body of a teenage girl is found just steps away from the Beatles' Abbey Road recording studio.
The police are called to a residential street in St John's Wood where an unidentified young woman has been strangled. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen believes she may be one of the many Beatles fans who regularly camp outside Abbey Road Studios. With his reputation tarnished by an inexplicable act of cowardice, this is Breen's last chance to prove he's up to the job.
Breen is of the generation for whom reaching adulthood meant turning into one's parents and accepting one's place in the world. But the world around him is changing beyond recognition. Nothing illustrates the shift more than Helen Tozer, a brazen and rambunctious young policewoman assisting him with the case. Together they navigate a world on edge, where conservative tradition gives way to frightening new freedoms--and troubling new crimes.
"Pop culture journalist Shaw plays to his strength in his first novel set amid England's cultural clashes in 1968 with the Beatles craze still going strong, immigration creating new frictions, and the generation gap upsetting many families. Det. Sgt. Cathal 'Paddy' Breen, despite being in disfavor among his mates for inexplicably leaving a comrade alone to face a thief with a knife, is assigned to head the investigation of the murder of a 'young naked woman' found near the Beatles' EMI recording studio in London. The addition of Temporary Det. Constable Helen Tozer to his squad doesn't sit well with the sexist Breen. Fresh, eager Tozer and stolid, unimaginative Breen make an odd couple as they adjust to each other and work to identify the victim. Alienated Beatles' fans, supporters of Biafran independence, and adults frustrated by changing mores make for a heady stew of likely and unlikely suspects, but some weak minor characters and a thin plot undercut an otherwise promising debut. Agent: Karolina Sutton, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
William Shaw is an award-winning pop-culture journalist, writing regularly for the London Times, the Independent and Telegraph, as well as the New York Times, Details and GQ. He lives in Sussex, England.
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