Play with fire / William Shaw.

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    • Publication Information:
      First North American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Cathal Breen and his partner, Helen Tozer, investigate the death of a sex worker linked to rich and powerful figures -- adapted from dust jacket description.
    • Other Titles:
      Sympathy of the devil
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Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1

It's 1969, and London is peering into a new age defined by rock music, free love, and the Cold War. Old-school copper Cathal Breen and his girlfriend, former WPC Helen Tozer, anxiously await their first child's birth. In the meantime, Cathal investigates the beating death of Julie Teenager, a prostitute who drew clients by masquerading as a young teen. And Helen, unable to resist the lure of unanswered questions, is drawn toward the rumors of foul play surrounding former Rolling Stones member Brian Jones' supposedly accidental drowning. In 1969, London's sex and music scenes often intermingle, and Helen veers into Cathal's case when she discovers that a female driver employed by Jones and Teenager has also been attacked. Any hopes Cathal had of his case shaping up to be an easily solved crime of passion are crushed when Teenager's secretary is murdered, a dirty cop sabotages his case, and MI6 threatens to halt his investigation. Teenager's violent, evasive killer and Cathal and Helen's evolving, unsettled relationship create a new level of suspense for this must-read series of detail-saturated procedurals (introduced in She's Leaving Home, 2014). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 July #1

British author Shaw's solid fourth mystery starring the Metropolitan Police's Det. Sgt. Cathal Breen (after 2016's A Song for the Brokenhearted) opens with the discovery of the body of guitarist Brian Jones, the former Rolling Stone, in his swimming pool. Later, some investigators suspect Jones didn't die of natural causes, but his death has nothing to do with the main plot: Breen's investigation of the murder of a prostitute who called herself Julie Teenager, whose body was concealed on top of an elevator in her London apartment building. Though the dead woman, actually 26-year-old Lena Bobienski, had many clients, Breen is surprised to learn that Scotland Yard's vice squad has no file on her under either name. A press report claiming that her johns included members of the establishment suggests the reason Bobienski was officially unknown to the police, despite the beat constable's awareness of the nature of the traffic in and out of her building. The serious injury or death or three more people raises the tension. Fans of Deborah Crombie will be pleased, but those expecting a substantial look at the Jones case will be disappointed. (Aug.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.