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N This deals with a serial killer who goes on the loose at nuclear power station Hinckley Point The story that thereby unravels is satisfyingly complex having its roots in corruption and fixing many years ago I like the Somerset setting of Boyd s books and his characters DI Dixon his police officer girlfriend Jane though is it a bit sexist to always call Dixon Dixon and Jane Jane his dog Monty and their police colleagues Monty has a big role in this one leading to one of Dixon s all time enemies being put away I won t give anything away but it S A Good Sub Plot Today S Series Detectives Always a good sub plot Today s series detectives always a characteristic issueproblem eg Strike and his prosthesis and Dixon has diabetes I was intrigued that the story opens with him having his annual retinal screenthere were some details that I wasn t sure were accurate so I ve referred to a colleague who works in this area and she s doing to report back to me I ll disclose I work in this area so am especially interested in this issue of Dixon s his hypos his abs and his diet which like so many police procedural characters seems to be very unhealthy Hope Damien is working on his next book already This is a tough one in some ways As always Nick Dixon books are awesome BUT when you ve listened to 8 of them with the same narrator and then he changes on book 9 it s hard to figure out if you liked it as much as the others According to the story I did It started in 1994 I think with a man committing suicide then moves to present day It s about a serial killer that finally gets cornered and says he ll kill his hostage unless he can talk to Dixon And that where the story really starts More bad guys showed up and there ended up being a total of 3 and Dixon had to find out who each one was It was really a good mysteryNo sex and the F bomb was used 25 timesAs to the narration Simon Mattacks was barely okay for me His female voices are pretty bad and he doesn t read with any emotion I really really missed Napoleon Ryan The last thing he narrated was in May of 2018 I hope that doesn t mean he s uit narrating Another book that was a pleasure to read from start to finishAlthough the ninth in a series of police procedurals set among the murder investigation team of the Avon and Somerset force it reads as a stand alone Further it is steeped in layers of mystery and faced paced actionAs a fan of the author and his characters it is a delight to receive an early copy of Beyond the Point I was not disappointed and the novel was all consuming I liked that it was a straight time line of an investigation based on a hunt for a serial killer on the run and foolishly straying into Nick s patchDI Nick Dixon and his faithful team are relentless
"in their pursuit "their pursuit the fugitive and finally track him down at Hinckley PointThis is riveting stuff intense action and creatively written Yet the unfolding of this case reveals a conspiracy far greater in its greed and eually without a thought to the lives that are taken and affected by the need to keep the criminality a secretNick goes into a zone focusing on ustice for the victims and with a zeal that he truth will be revealedAt times frustrated by a lack of evidence but determined to piece it together Dixon is the driving force that never falters or accepts second bestLike an onion the many layers of the past links between the co conspirators are brought into focus but with his bosses getting itchy feet because of the cost of the operation and the political fallout the investigation teeters on the edge of successThe whole team are led without complaint and the action continues to the very endDamien Boyd is a great writer The ourney he has taken his characters on is not only interesting but diverse in location and plot Yet it is by and large rooted in this West Country world abutting the Bristol Channel No two novels are the same unless you read them as one man and his dog Monty is again the one who takes the reader s attention and breaks his master s heart He is the rest and play to Dixon s work and this balance provides a well rounded storyAs authors go it is a delight for a book lover that the next Boyd novel will be as good as the last Some series can drift off and become formulaic but in this instance Boyd gets better He is comfortable in his fictional reality and makes that world as accessible through believable flawed characters and a hero or two I fear for Nick once dangling with mates over a crevice testosterone pumping beer swilling climbing If the series continues becoming in touch with his hormones sensitive and falling not clever for a climber into love and shared mortgages worrying over the colour of his cravat and morning suit Jane is his love interest they send sloppy texts and a love for MontySend him on a mountaineering trek Damien before it s too lateLoved it full praise to the author May he become a better known name and fully recognised for his consistently high standard work. That will shake the billion pound construction project to its very foundations But who can be trusted when so much money is at stakeCan Dixon find the killer under intense pressure from the top of government And can he do it before anyone else has to di.
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of this series Doesn T Fly When You Are Having Fun Even t time fly when you are having fun Even the main story is self contained within this book there is so much to be gained with regard to backstory and character development that as always I would really urge you to start from book one and read in order I would definitely recommend each and every one of these books although I will also add that the first isn t the strongest but worth reading to be in at the beginningSo Nick and his team are on the hunt for a serial killer who has remained a step ahead of the Police at every turn Just when they think they have tracked him down further investigations reveal that although he had been at the scene they visit he is long gone already But they feel they are honing in as he has started to leave of a trail More evidence which they believe will assist his capture Nick believes he may have found his man but it appears he may have only just missed him when a body is found at the site of a missed him when a body is found at the site of a nuclear power station A crime that both links to and pits him against his nemesis and uncovers a motive that appears tricky to investigate further But Nick s instinct is well known and indeed respected and he is finally given the leeway to uestion certain people but with time running out can he get to the bottom of things in time and bring some long coming usticeOne of the things I really love about this series is the fact that Nick Dixon is relatively normal Yes he is dating within the force but him and Jane have managed to sort all that side of things out He does have his health worry and this is a bit front and centre in this book but all that aside he is one of the most well balanced cops in this genre Yes he seems to have second sight and occasionally this seems to come so far out of left field to be unrealistic but you know what the rest of the books isare so good that I ll happy take a bit of progression with a pinch of saltIt s fast paced all the way through and is blessed with no superfluous waffle or padding so the story gets on with itself well Characterisation is great both the series regulars and episode extras are all well drawn and develop well as the story progressesThe plot is outstanding set over a fair few years starting way back in the past with a suicide it takes a bit of digging to eke out the truth but it really is horrifying when all the layers have been peeled back and the reasons for what happened is finally exposed All in all a great addition to an already wonderful top five series With how certain things were left at the end I really can t wait to see what the author has in store for next time Tony Steiner is still on the run from the last book It s the biggest manhunt in recent history and he s nowhere to be seen That is until the body of elderly Mrs Boswell turns up hanging in her barn in a remote cottage When there s another sighting it suggests Steiner is moving eastwards so the hunt is concentrated in that direction DI Nick Dixon becomes convinced that Steiner is hiding out in the massive building project that is Hinckley Point C future nuclear power station There s no way the police are going to be allowed to wander around there on a detective s whim It s a different matter when a dead body is found dumper truck driver Amy has had her neck broken and been dumped in a silo which was due to be filled with aggregate Finally the team is allowed in but Nick is limited to the main section because Steiner has left references to him at his previous hideouts which have been interpreted as threats Instead Nick is told to follow up his hunch that Amy s death was targeted and not a simple she saw Steiner and paid the price scenario that the higher ups favour The first thing Nick finds is that Amy s Mum disappeared only two weeks previously Nick doesn t believe in coincidences That leaves him looking into Stella Amy s Mum and Amy s past for an answerThat takes us back to the prologue where a man commits suicide leaving a note to his wife Stella and his unborn daughter whom he would like to be called Amy Years previously Liam won the contract to build the platforms under the then new Severn bridge During construction a platform had collapsed resulting in the death of three workmen Liam is sure the platform was sabotaged but cannot prove it On the eve of his trial for negligence Liam takes the easiest way out for him It turns out to be the hardest way for Stella who has spent the intervening years trying to prove the sabotage Stella had even roped Amy into her obsessionWhen Nick looks at the report of Stella s disappearance several things don t add up At first he assumes it s laziness as the investigating officer was his nemesis Chard Eventually Nick realises that it s than ust laziness it s deliberate doctoring if statements It turns out married Chard had been having a relationship with Stella and that he d taken the original police file of the inv. DI Nick Dixon is on the hunt for a vicious serial killer following a trail of fingerprints and DNA across west SomersetWhen the body of a young woman is found on the building site of a nuclear power station work grinds to a halt The body bears all the Estigation into the collapse of the platform and given it to her Chard had nothing to do with her disappearance but he and given it to her Chard had nothing to do with her disappearance but he tried to cover up his connection That covering up had meant that the person or persons who had taken Stella had killed her as suggested by the copious amount of blood left at the scene were getting away with itMeanwhile Steiner has been cornered and was holding a driver hostage at the top of the highest crane on site He s insisting Nick come to him Good Dungeon job Nick has a head for heights In a tense scene Steiner tells Nick he was given a false ID to gain access to the site and that his firstob was to sabotage the tarmac so that the current contractor would lose his contract Then he was told to kill Amy The rewards were bitcoin and a passage out of Hinckley on a boat which turned out to be a lie He wanted Nick to know about his being double crossed and to bring those responsible to ustice There s a crossed and to bring those responsible to ustice There s a logic to this and a respect for Nick s abilities Steiner dies from a sniper bullet to the headPersonal pressure is piling on to Nick He s seen so much blood and horrors recently and has had to wash Steiner s brains out of his hair The hunt for Steiner has meant he s been playing fast and loose with his eating and insulin injections for his diabetes In fact the hospital keep trying to contact him after a recent check up and they are saying it s urgent and still Nick is ignoring them Then Monty Nick s dog is poisoned Someone has put anti freeze into his drinking bowl It s touch and go and Monty won t be out of danger for several days Nick s in a personal pressure cooker and the heat Sculpting Making a Toddler Doll just keeps being turned upNick starts looking for people involved with the old case platform collapse and the new building contracts at Hinckley It is a long laborious process to find the links across the years and even longer to prove them With two out of three conspirators accounted for Nick has to stick his neck out to search the land of a baronet especially as they ve searched once already and come up empty handed Nick prevails andustice is finally done for Liam Stella and Amy I ve been with DCI Dixon from the beginning but in the last couple of books I d started to find the stories less engaging This outing though was terrific possibly the best yet It starts off roughly where the previous book left off but I d actually forgotten the details of the previous book and it didn t matter at all It s a great story with several threads What I liked is that the different threads were resolved piece meal and throughout the book so you weren t waiting until the end for everything to make sense Another good West Country police procedural featuring DI Nick Dixon an interesting character well developed but without the personal problems or neuroses many fictional policemen are saddled with to make them interesting The opening section of Beyond the Point is a continuation of the story in the previous book Deadlock I have read all the books in this series but even so had to rack my brains to remember what hadNINE OF THIS SERIES DOESN T
"happened in a "in a I had read over a year ago I cottoned on eventually Some reviewers have even had to go back and read Deadlock again This is a minor uibble but might be off putting for a reader who is new to the Nick Dixon books As always the main investigation is a complex one that reuires Nick It had been some time since I read the 8th book in this series so I had to download the 8th book again to refresh my memory about Steiner a psychopath who makes appearances in both 8th and 9th Of course this meant it was worth my while to oin Kindle Unlimited for a month and pick up a couple books I had interest in I am now up to date with DI Nick Dixon and don t want to spoil this one for others other than to recommend that the books really need to be read in order Dixon has many admirable ualities as does his partner JaneWithin the chaotic carried over search for Steiner another deadly series of crimes is uncovered linked to a major nuclear power plant construction project in Somerset Hinckley Point C Wherever billions of dollars in construction costs are at stake temptation presents itself to a certain segment of the population Dixon digs deep in his investigations gets hold of a bone and won t let go despite opposition The action is lively the characters diverse complex and always interestingAs for Dixon s diabetes he doesn t always eat on time or get enough sleep and is trying to avoid having his diabetic retinopathy tended to but he does finally get a ring on Jane s finger Beyond the pointI so enjoyed this book having read the other Nick Dixon books I couldn t put it down reading into the small hours but persistence paid off Nick got his men in the end Thank you Damian for such a detailed well written novel What will Nick Dixon uncover next I can always rely on Damien Boyd for a good solid police procedural and nice to get it on my Kindle Unlimited subscriptio. Allmarks of yet another random murder at the hands of the escaped killer Then Dixon finds a motiveFighting for his place on the Major Investigation Team he soon uncovers a family’s desperate search for the truth exposing a web of corruption and death.