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An Interview With: William Shaw

Longlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022 for The Trawlerman



Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2022, William Shaw joins Harrogate International Festivals and host Joe Haddow, to talk about his book, The Trawlerman.

A DOUBLE MURDER 

The naked corpses of Aylmer and Mary Younis are discovered in their home. The only clues are a note written in blood and an eerie report of two spectral figures departing the crime scene. Officer Jill Ferriter is charged with investigating the murders while her colleague Alex Cupidi is on leave, recovering from post-traumatic stress.

AN ELABORATE SCAM

The dead couple had made investments in a green reforestry scheme in Guatemala, resulting in the loss of all their savings. What is more disturbing is that Cupidi and Ferriter’s disgraced former colleague and friend Bill South is also on the list of investors and the Younis’s were not the only losers.

AN UNLIKELY KILLER

Despite being in counselling and receiving official warnings to stay away from police work Cupidi finds herself dragged into the case and begins to trawl among the secrets and lies that are held in the fishing community of Folkestone. Desperate to exonerate South she finds herself murderously compromised when personal relationships cloud her judgement.

Pacey, intense and riddled with surprising twists, The Trawlerman shows that deceit can be found in the most unlikely places. The brooding waters of the Kent coastline offer an ominous backdrop for this lively page-turner of corruption, mental health and the complexities of human connection. The stunning fourth book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi investigations from one of crime fiction’s finest writers.

A little more about the author…

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2019 and nominated for a Barry Award. A regular at festivals, he organises panel talks and CWA events across the South East. His books include the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London, the newest series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.

The Trawlerman by William Shaw
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