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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling William Shaw returns with a thrilling investigation in the unmissable new series.

You can run. 

The two boys never fitted in. Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they're ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what's his - and ready to kill for it.

You can hide.

On the other side of Kent's wealth divide, DS Alexandra Cupidi faces the strangest murder investigation of her career. A severed limb, hidden inside a modern sculpture in Margate's Turner Contemporary. No one takes it seriously - not even the artwork's owners, celebrity dealers who act like they're above the law.  

You can die.

But as Cupidi's case becomes ever more sinister, as she wrangles with police politics and personal dilemmas, she can't help worrying about those runaway boys. Seventeen, the same age as her own headstrong daughter. Alone, on the marshes, they're pawns in someone else's game. Two worlds are about to collide. 

Kent and its social divisions are brilliantly captured in Deadland, a crime thriller that's as ingeniously unguessable as it is moving and powerful.

©2019 William Shaw (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Brian Marriott
  • 30-06-19

Great Detective Cupidi story

Alex Cupidi is THE next big detective. brilliantly written. Set in south England, two up to no good kids just dont realise how serious there situation is .

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  • Cooking Again
  • 12-06-19

Glad I read the Times review

This is a new author and new detective, previously unknown to me.
Happy I took a chance after reading the review in Saturday's Times 2 supplement.
Will be buying others in this series.

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  • Nick Greenwood
  • 27-05-19

Excellent series

this is 'good stuff'; grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the last word is read

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  • barbara
  • 30-10-19

Did it again ...

Brilliant story & narration. Believable likeable characters & kept you guessing. Looking forward to the next one .

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  • Fouldsy
  • 18-10-19

A great second book

After listening to the first DS Alex novel I went straight into book number two which I have to say was even better great storyline well read and lots of intrigue.
Can’t wait for book number three.

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  • Molly
  • 10-10-19

Looking forward to the third book

Really likes this detective pairing, lots of unfinished details, that I hope will be answered in later books. Atmospheric location, didn’t want it to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-19

Spoilt by dreadful cockney accents

Story was good but spoilt by dreadful accents ....are all police cockney ?
These got very grating and annoying

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-19

Enthralling thriller

I loved this detective thriller set in Kent and climaxing in atmospheric Dungeness. It’s a fast-moving tale with plenty of intrigue and colourful characters. The narration is good too.

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  • angela
  • 13-01-21

Great Story

Really enjoyed the story lots of twists but the voice of the female police officer (not the main character) was more like a sulking teenager. Not how I imagined a police officer would be so made that particular character out of place in the book for me.

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  • neil
  • 10-01-21

so full of cliche, it's great!!!

good story that flows without much thinking requirement. will listen to the next one soon

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  • bec
  • 24-08-19

lived up to my expectations

although this is the second book of the Alexandra Cupidi series, for me it began with that hauntingly beautiful book "The Birdwatcher" which really sets the scene for the reader.
I highly recommend these books to anyone who appreciates both beautiful writing and a darned good tale