SHE’S LEAVING HOME
Shaw writes his debut with exquisite precision, leading the reader on an amazing journey through 1968 England and its fascination with the Beatles. The detectives working to solve a murder are of different generations and philosophies: Breen has flaws that at times seem debilitating, and Tozer often forgets she’s part of a team. But together they’re a powerful force, bulldozing their way through the countryside, armed with too few clues to solve a difficult crime.
After he tosses his cookies at a murder scene, Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen’s fellow officers brand him a coward, and they don’t believe he can solve his latest murder case. Breen believes the unidentified young victim is likely one of the Beatles fans who camp outside Abbey Road Studios. Assisting him in the investigation is Helen Tozer, a young policewoman who can relate to the victim. Breen and Tozer follow clues that no one else seems to have noticed, and the case takes a direction neither of them expected. (MULHOLLAND, Feb., 432 pp., $26.00)