The Birdwatcher by William Shaw. Published by Mullholland

Detective sergeant William Shaw has lived and policed the Kentish coast of England long enough to earn the respect of the locals. On his off time he enjoys birdwatching, it’s a good way to help him in the present so he doesn’t focus on his painful past. When a fellow birdwatcher and good friend is murdered, William’s past comes roaring back. As a young boy, William lived in Northern Ireland, and as a teenager, during the Troubles was accused of killing a man. No one is his current life knows of his past, except, the man who was murdered, and, it would appear, the man who killed him. Traveling back and forth between Billy’s (William’s) story in the past in Ireland, and William’s story in the present, Shaw writes a masterful story about regret and revenge

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