The Birdwatcher by William Shaw is set in the bleak but atmospheric Dungeness, a headland along the Kent coast best known for its two nuclear power stations and its wildlife sanctuary. The area attracts thousands of birdwatchers each year, and William South is both a birdwatcher and a policeman.
When his friend and neighbor is murdered, South is drawn into the investigation by the newly transferred DS Cupidi. Shocked that his mild-mannered friend has been so brutally murdered, South soon must accept that he actually knew very little about his friend--and what he thought he knew wasn't actually the case.
Sections about South's childhood in Ireland during the Troubles are interspersed throughout. When a character from that early period in South's life appears, it doesn't come as a surprise, but how the distant past is connected to the current death of South's friend is puzzling.
"What's past is prologue."
Read in Nov.; blog post scheduled for June 4, 2017.
Crime/Police Procedural. June 27, 2017. 336 pages.