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Sympathy for the Devil: Breen & Tozer: 4 (Breen and Tozer) by [Shaw, William]
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In the fourth Breen & Tozer, William Shaw marries a gripping police procedural with an espionage plot to bring the series to a stunning and moving climax

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William Shaw was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, grew up in Nigeria and lived for sixteen years in Hackney. He is the author of the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives and A Book of Scars. For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including the Observer and the New York Times. He lives in Brighton.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (4 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M1R567R
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2017
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This is the fourth in the Breen and Tozer series, which I have loved from the first novel, “A Song From Dead Lips,” (also known by the US title, “She’s Leaving Home”). It is the summer of 1969, the tail end of the Swinging Sixties, and Cathal ‘Paddy’ Breen and ex-police officer, Helen Tozer are living together in London. Helen is pregnant, as is their neighbour, Elfie. Anyone who has read all the other books in this series, and I do recommend you start at the beginning – this is a brilliant series and you will not regret it – will know that Breen and Tozer have a difficult relationship. Breen is a truly kind and honest man, but he is old fashioned, often uncommunicative, and uncomfortable with the changes that the Sixties have brought. Tozer is headstrong, emotional, driven and is resentful of her ambitions being thwarted by her pregnancy, while Breen is still doing the job she once did, and obviously still misses.

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.
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By G. Wylie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2017
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I'm a sucker for a good story and this, the latest in a series of police thrillers, is a real cracker. Considering the quality of his writing, I'm surprised I haven't come across any of Shaw's work before. The main protagonists, Breen and Tozer, are quite fascinating creations while the supporting cast are all interesting and believable characters. And they all inhabit a highly descriptive landscape that could have originated from an impressionist's brush. With few words wasted, Shaw has created a dark and corrupt city world that will shock and appal, while the pacy and well constructed plot will hold your attention to the breathless conclusion. As a complete newcomer to his work, he clearly has the skill, power and potential to rapidly become one of my favourite authors. Need I say more?
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This is the fourth in the Breen and Tozer series, so we have the dilemma – can it be read as a stand-alone novel or should one read the other three books first? I read books one and two years ago, but I have not read book three. I think it is possible to read it on its own, but there were frequent references to the past – some with adequate explanation, some not.

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.
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Summer of love Summer of death.

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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