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Sympathy for the Devil: Breen & Tozer: 4 (Breen and Tozer) Kindle Edition
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The novel begins with the body of Brian Jones being discovered in his swimming pool. Rumours about the death of Brian Jones have circulated forever, and obviously began shortly after his death. Tozer, Breen, plus their friends Elfie and Amy, are at the Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park, held just after his death, and Tozer becomes intrigued by the things she hears and wants to investigate. Meanwhile, Breen has a new case, when the body of a prostitute, nicknamed ‘Julie Teenager’ is found. Her real name was Lena Bobienski, and she had some influential and wealthy clients who visited the woman peddling a little girl persona and who realised how attractive ‘youth’ was in an era which seemed to be invented by the young.
As with all of the books in this series, Shaw paints a realistic and troubled, portrait of the times.Read more ›
It is the summer of 1969. Cathal (Paddy) Breen is a Detective Sergeant in London who lives with his heavily pregnant girlfriend Helen Tozer, an ex-policewoman. Things are not altogether easy between them – possibly due to a combination of her pregnancy and the very hot weather. Tozer is bored and she and their upstairs neighbour, Elfie, also heavily pregnant, are becoming obsessed with the death of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones. Was it an accident or murder?
A prostitute, Lena Bobienski is found brutally murdered hidden in the lift shaft of her block of flats. Her professional name is Julie Teenager and her speciality was pretending to be a child. Breen and the naïf and inexperienced DC Mint, are assigned to the case. From the start there are difficulties. Attempts to discover her client list and other possible witnesses are thwarted by senior officers. Was one of her clients a policeman? Are they protecting their own? There is a press clampdown and it turns out that D-notices are involved, so maybe some one more senior is involved - politics? national security? There is another murder which Breen feels he could have prevented. His feelings of guilt reinforced by Mint’s moral outrage and what he fears is a growing estrangement between him and Tozer add to the pressures upon him. The so-called Summer of Love is an uneasy and testing time for him.Read more ›
This is one number of books in a series about Detective Sargent Cathal Breen of the Metropolitan Police D Division and his very pregnant girl friend Helen Tozer retired from the force.
A quite vicious murder takes place and the story follows the investigation from that point on. Breen also has an assistant called Mint, much younger and fresh to the job. Also quite eager.
The girl that was murdered was a prostitute with unusual arrangements as this was for a more select mix of clients with them being collected and brought to her house. Nothing is quite straightforward with the investigation and forces out side the police get involved which eventually help and lead to a conclusion. Cathals relationship with his pregnant partner plays a major part in the story and because of her job she takes great interest in what's happening. He is very obviously not used to children and is about to find a major change to his lifestyle. I would say that his character is very much in the old ways of policing, following his intuition sometimes with brutal results. His immediate boss is much more sympathetic to the investigation but those above him maybe not so much so and this adds extra pressure.
You don't need to have read any of the previous books as this issue is a stand alone story and very enjoyable.
I liked the writing which I would describe as solid and straightforward with a nice thought out story line.
I'm giving it 4 stars because of above as everyone should enjoy this tale.
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