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Summary

She always went to far.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Murder is different here, among the fens and stark beaches.

She was the one who found the killers.

The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions.

And now it was killing her.

It will take an understanding of this strange place - its old ways and new crimes - to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt. 

Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart.

©2018 William Shaw (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction. This is his best book to date." (Peter James)

 "Taut, terrifying and timely." (Val McDermid)

"William Shaw is a superb storyteller." (Peter May)

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  • Ann D
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Dull!

I ploughed on until chapter 32, and with 4 hours to go, I just couldn’t go on. For me, none of the characters are engaging. The basic premise of the story is okay, but it just goes on and on, seemingly going nowhere. No doubt the threads, such as they are will be brought together in the end. However, I just don’t get. Too many books, too little time!

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Atmospheric story felling with contemporary theme

Great sense of location, good plot + interesting characters Some excellent present day themed explored well