Deadland by William Shaw (DS Alexandra Cupidi 2)
Books / May 3, 2019

William Shaw is an author I’ve been interested in for a while, while not quite getting around to picking up and reading so when this galley came up I thought time to have a look. What I found was an author clearly at the forefront of British Crime writing. Two teenage boys, unemployed and skint, mug a random guy stepping off a train for his iPhone and bag. This turns out to be a huge mistake as the guy will stop at nothing to get his phones back, they are now being hunted. In fear of their lives they go on the run, with no money, or food what develops is a tale of attrition and survival for the boys. Whilst you are maybe supposed to feel sorry for the lads, they set off a certain chain of events that kind of stopped me doing that, nevertheless a very interesting premise and I did enjoy their double act. Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi , the main protagonist, is looking into a strange crime at an art gallery, an arm has been found in an exhibit, was it meant to be found or was it hidden. And why? There is a back story…