Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil


She made a profit from her youth. She's not beautiful anymore - but she will be young forever.

Called away from his pregnant girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen knows the sight of the murdered prostitute will be with him all his life. But this is what he does: he finds killers. Helen Tozer, more than most, understands why.


The girl they called Julie Teenager had a client list full of suspects - all rich, powerful - and protected. Someone warns off the beat coppers; someone disturbs the crime scene. Breen begins to fear that this is more than the murder of a prostitute. It's political.

Then Helen, with her ex-copper's instincts and fierce moral sense, gets dangerously involved. And Breen knows he has more to lose than ever before. He is about to become a father. He can have no sympathy for the devil.

Breen and Tozer met through murder. They work in a world before forensics or criminal databases; a world that's bigoted and brutal. Tense, dramatic and ingeniously plotted, Sympathy for the Devil is a gripping police thriller that delivers crime with a conscience.

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  • Paromjit

    This is the fourth in the DS Cathal Breen and Helen Tozer series, but the first I have read. It works fine as a standalone. This is a wonderfully atmospheric period read set in the London of 1969. It ...

  • Brenda

    I am enjoying this series, but Helen Tozer is still hard to figure out. Sometimes the things she does and says make me want to shake her. In this book, I think she’s crossed a line she’ll regret, ...

  • Susan

    This is the fourth in the Breen and Tozer series, which I have loved from the first novel, “A Song From Dead Lips,” (also known by the US title, “She’s Leaving Home”). It is the summer of 19...

  • Gram

    A cracking combination of crime mystery and spy thriller set in London, 1967. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen is called in to investigate the murder of a young prostitute who called herself Julie Teen...

  • Roman Clodia

    A police procedural set in 1969: I liked the first half which is low-key and realistic, but then the story gets wildly complicated as MI6 enter the picture and we have lots of ineffective shadowing an...

  • Sue

    I admit I'm now addicted to William Shaw's novels. I read The Birdwatcher first and absolutely loved it so finding he had several other books that were being reissued made my day.The setting of Sympat...

  • Amy Warren

    Another awesome mystery featuring Cathal Breen and Helen Tozer. I love how the author weaved historical events into his story. These 2 characters are truly among my favorites in any mystery series to ...

  • Wdmoor

    Highly recommended. Librarians, your mystery loving patrons will love this book.Damn, this was a good book. It starts off in 1969, Brian Jones was just found dead in his swimming pool and London is in...

  • Cheryl

    Really 3 and a half stars. This series is so addictive!...

  • Paul

    4.5 stars. William Shaw is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Original, gritty writing with dialogue as taut and descriptive as the great James Lee Burke....