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Head in the Sand (DI Nick Dixon Crime Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00MAOW6NS
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (20 January 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 3269 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 209 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,279 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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They are darn good reads, and thankfully there are a number of them to keep me quiet for a while.
I would recommend this book to lovers of British crime drama, it is as good as all the other offerings I have read!
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During the investigation we see Nick and his team chasing down every clue and gradually coming up with a connection between the cases but bewildered about the motive. As they tie things together they are able to work out the reasons behind these events and from that they can deduce who it is they are looking for - but he has disappeared without trace. Each time they think they have a credible suspect, something happens to prove them wrong. Will they ever get it right or will it come down to pure chance?
I liked Nick and his team, they are purposeful and focused but manage to retain their humanity, showing respect for both the living and the dead, and a dogged determination to get the perpetrator of these horrific crimes.
My only gripe about these books is that they are just too short - I read them too quickly.
On the other hand, I think the story is a little light on character development and emotional engagement. This is partly because the novel focuses on the police investigation from the perspective of the investigators and does not really explore in any depth the emotional impact that certain events have on the individuals involved in the crimes - events that I would have found particularly upsetting had I experienced them in my life. Neither did I really warm to the main characters (D.I Nick Dixon and D. C. Jane Winter) who are involved with each other on a personal as well as a professional level. Somehow, the romantic aspect of their relationship did not set my pulses racing.
In addition, while the opening scene is very dramatic, the level of suspense in the plot quickly falls away but this again may be because the focus of the story is following the step-by-step the police investigation of the crimes in minute detail.
Finally, I found certain events in the story got me wondering about their plausibility, thereby distracting me from the main plot; for example, can you behead someone with a cordless electric carving knife? Would a detective be willing to cover up a traffic 'incident' to avoid a colleague possibly losing their job, or at least being assigned to desk duties for the rest of their career?
So overall, I rate this novel four stars predominantly on the strength of its plot, being easy to read and remaining true to its police procedural approach, even though I was a little disappointed by some other aspects of the novel.
It was a teense bit slow at first, but gathered momentum as the book went on. An unusual plot with a good characters. Dixon's team all work well together from the DCI to the PC on the beat. No one trying to crawl their way to the top to the detriment of others makes a nice change.
Dixon's relationship with Jane reached a new level quite quickly, but their efforts to keep it quiet fail miserably. They do work in a police station after all.
Towards the end when you think this is it then, the police have got their man, there's a final twist to the story that will make you think 'well I never'.....
I actually couldn't put this down for very long. Which for me, is proof of a good book.
So fellow bookworms out there, I highly recommend you buy this series of DI Nick Dixon cases.
Di Dixon is a well-drawn and likable character who leads his team well as they dig deeper to find much more than they bargained for in the hunt for the killer. As the pieces slot together, it becomes a race against time to prevent more murders.
I enjoyed the original and memorable plot, which kept me guessing for quite a while. The investigation felt realistic and thorough, pulling the team in various directions until they homed in on the motive and the killer. The whole story was engaging and easy to read, allowing me to race through to the climax.