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Altered Life Making a killing in business is one thing - doing it for real is another. Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-bloode Altered Life Making a killing in business is one thing - doing it for real is another. Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-blooded murderer who seems to know what his every step will be. To solve the case Sam must negotiate with his ex-wife, cement a relationship with a new love, unravel an office-based financial fraud and fight off an arrogant murderer armed only with a pen-knife.


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Altered Life Making a killing in business is one thing - doing it for real is another. Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-bloode Altered Life Making a killing in business is one thing - doing it for real is another. Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-blooded murderer who seems to know what his every step will be. To solve the case Sam must negotiate with his ex-wife, cement a relationship with a new love, unravel an office-based financial fraud and fight off an arrogant murderer armed only with a pen-knife.

30 review for Altered Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Colin Garrow

    Private Investigator Sam Dyke is offered a job that doesn’t really interest him, but when his prospective employer turns up dead, Sam is forced to reconsider. Faced with a workforce who don’t want him snooping around, an unexpected meeting with his ex-wife and a shady assailant who doesn’t care who gets in the way, the situation soon escalates into a very dangerous one for all concerned. Though I’m familiar with Keith Dixon’s ‘Paul Storey’ books, I’m a bit behind with the Sam Dyke series – The L Private Investigator Sam Dyke is offered a job that doesn’t really interest him, but when his prospective employer turns up dead, Sam is forced to reconsider. Faced with a workforce who don’t want him snooping around, an unexpected meeting with his ex-wife and a shady assailant who doesn’t care who gets in the way, the situation soon escalates into a very dangerous one for all concerned. Though I’m familiar with Keith Dixon’s ‘Paul Storey’ books, I’m a bit behind with the Sam Dyke series – The Lonely Grave (book 9) being the only one I’ve read thus far. So it was great to discover how it all started for the perceptive sleuth. As always with Mr Dixon, there’s a generous helping of wit, knife-sharp dialogue and twisty-turny plotlines. Spotting the villains in this tale isn’t easy, and there’s plenty of suspicious goings-on to tax the hero’s sleuthing skills. The plot rattles along, shooting off in unexpected directions all the way through, leading to a cliff-top denouement that had me chomping at the proverbial bit. Like Robbie Coltrane in a classic TV series, this is an absolute cracker.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Burke Hodgson

    I got Keith Dixon's Altered Life as a freebie Kindle book and was quite impressed by it. Therefore I looked it up in Goodreads and read the following in one of the comments. "I'm ordinarily not much of a crime fiction reader, but ALTERED LIFE was written by a friend who is a crime fiction enthusiast. The book was self-published and available as a Kindle download (very cheaply, Keith is not getting rich with this book), so I felt as a friend the least I could do is read his first effort. He has s I got Keith Dixon's Altered Life as a freebie Kindle book and was quite impressed by it. Therefore I looked it up in Goodreads and read the following in one of the comments. "I'm ordinarily not much of a crime fiction reader, but ALTERED LIFE was written by a friend who is a crime fiction enthusiast. The book was self-published and available as a Kindle download (very cheaply, Keith is not getting rich with this book), so I felt as a friend the least I could do is read his first effort. He has since written another, THE PRIVATE LIE, which I haven't read. " Then I was really impressed because the Altered Life is a first published and self published book and it is a highly accomplished effort. Most of the first books that are self published that I have encountered have been disheveled cozies that read like the White Queen looked and featured ladies of a certain age who, though supposedly witty and spunky, usually come across as insufferable smartasses. A dashed off first draft may on occasion be quickly produced but that is scarcely the mission of an author. The mission of an author is to be read and that usually means finding someone willing to put their money where your mouth is, or actually, since unsolicited manuscripts rarely fare well, someone willing to put their time into finding a publisher. Taint easy. I would think that self publication works best for previously published authors who are well aware of the behind the scenes work (mostly work that a creative mind would find stultifyingly boring) that is involved in turning an initial submission into a viable book. Other reviews will tell you about the substance of Altered Life. I will tell you to go to the Kindle Store and download it as a really first class freebie that will closely hold your interest for quite a few hours. Also, I put my money where my mouth is. The minute I finished The Altered Life, I went to the Kindle Store and bought The Private Lie, the second book in the series. Keith Dixon should have gotten rich with The Altered Life. I certainly hope #2 is more financially encouraging. However, I do believe I'll pass on hoping Tom Cruise portrays Sam Dyke on the Silver Screen, though, to be fair, Cruise's performance was fine --- it just bore no resemblance whatsoever to Jack Reacher.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    I'm ordinarily not much of a crime fiction reader, but ALTERED LIFE was written by a friend who is a crime fiction enthusiast. The book was self-published and available as a Kindle download (very cheaply, Keith is not getting rich with this book), so I felt as a friend the least I could do is read his first effort. He has since written another, THE PRIVATE LIE, which I haven't read. This first novel is quite readable, aside from a few too many strained descriptive similes, involving a British I'm ordinarily not much of a crime fiction reader, but ALTERED LIFE was written by a friend who is a crime fiction enthusiast. The book was self-published and available as a Kindle download (very cheaply, Keith is not getting rich with this book), so I felt as a friend the least I could do is read his first effort. He has since written another, THE PRIVATE LIE, which I haven't read. This first novel is quite readable, aside from a few too many strained descriptive similes, involving a British detective, Sam Dyke (an homage to Sam Spade, obviously, but "Dyke"?) who is contacted by Rory Brand, a computer firm executive. He fears a clandestine and hostile corporate takeover and wants to know who is behind this suspected maneuver. Dyke doesn't much like Brand and puts off giving him a commitment. Vague, so far, but Brand is soon murdered, found with his neck broken in his office, and from there, the novel picks up momentum in a hurry. What's particularly interesting is that Dyke didn't know that his former wife was married to Brand, so he becomes emotionally involved in the crime, something that a private eye should avoid, or at least that's my impression of how the genre works. He solves the case eventually, of course, usually working at odds with the police, and there is a nod to a romantic convention, sparks flaring between Sam and an office assistant at the firm. What appealed to me most about the novel, though, was Dyke's social commentary on the people he comes in contact with, mostly a shallow "clientele that was young and wealthy" who like to show off their affluence in expensive cars, clothes, and homes. He has a dim view of “companies training people who didn't want to be trained in skills they t had no use for..." Dyke's values are different - he is the outsider who comes from a working class background , where a man's values lie in what he does, not flashy appearances, and one reason, Dyke became a private investigator. A concern of the book, aside from the murder plot, is a lament about what England is becoming. "The wide roads and spacious architecture of mansion and church had since been overrun by the mini-community of Chinese takeaway, laundromat, and video store, but if you half-shut your eyes you could still see the outlines of the Palladian refuges that the bearded philanthropists had created for themselves and their families." A vanished England where life has indeed become "altered."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Complex, well written and intense. Not a romance story in any respects, just a solid decent crime thriller. Great dialogue, believable characters and set in a familiar world for once! One or two clunky sentences, but otherwise very enjoyable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roddy Williams

    Sam Dyke is a Yorkshire Private Investigator based in Crewe, which is not immediately apparent. Admittedly this had been in my 'to read' queue for quite a while and I had forgotten the details I would have checked when I first downloaded it. The front cover gave me the subliminal impression of the US and I began it on that assumption only to be soon transported to Waverley in England rather than some American Waverley. This is no fault of the author's and was in fact a pleasant surprise since Cr Sam Dyke is a Yorkshire Private Investigator based in Crewe, which is not immediately apparent. Admittedly this had been in my 'to read' queue for quite a while and I had forgotten the details I would have checked when I first downloaded it. The front cover gave me the subliminal impression of the US and I began it on that assumption only to be soon transported to Waverley in England rather than some American Waverley. This is no fault of the author's and was in fact a pleasant surprise since Crewe is very much under-represented in the murder genre. Dyke is called in by software company owner, Rory Brand, who feels that his wife is in league with other parties to take over his company and a lucrative software application. Dyke, feeling this to be outside his area of expertise is not keen to take on the case. The next day Brand is found murdered in his office with the message 'Who's the Daddy Now?' posted on his laptop screen. Dyke is retained by the company to investigate the murder in parallel with the police, who are not happy to have an amateur detective interviewing witnesses. Dyke is a very likeable character, with the obligatory issues of his own baggage. He's an updated Sam Spade, less bleak, less harsh, but harassed by the police and finding himself unable to trust anyone's word, with his life and work further complicated by the presence of his femme-fatale ex-wife, her bitter father, the Major - who holds Dyke in no high regard -and a son he had no idea existed. Dixon perhaps does not emphasise Dyke's position as the outsider enough, being a blunt Yorkshireman in a town far further South near the Welsh border. This would have added to Dyke's sense of isolation on a case where he faces hostility from nearly all sides. The plot is well thought through with a minor twist at the end. Not enough of a twist to give it the wow factor but at least something one wasn't expecting. For a first novel it's a good one. Fast paced and without padding, it rattles along and keeps one engrossed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Thys

    Recommend This book was recommended to me and I'm glad it was or I would have missed out big time it follows the life and work of a private investigator called Sam Dyke who manages to complicate things with personal stuff getting in the way it's an easy book to follow and get into and quite hard to put down the good news is this is book one in a series and with me starting a bit late in the day there is several already written so no waiting for the next one so for me it's book two straight away s Recommend This book was recommended to me and I'm glad it was or I would have missed out big time it follows the life and work of a private investigator called Sam Dyke who manages to complicate things with personal stuff getting in the way it's an easy book to follow and get into and quite hard to put down the good news is this is book one in a series and with me starting a bit late in the day there is several already written so no waiting for the next one so for me it's book two straight away so if you are looking for your next series this may be for you so try it you won't be sorry

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Burton

    My first book by this author..........absolutely loved it, PI books are not my usual read but this one I have to admit, I fell in love with Sam Dyke. The writing in first person is incredibly well done, Sam to me is so laid back, as to be almost horizontal. Imagine a PI and yourself having a drink together in comfortable surroundings, and he's relaying all that's been happening to himself in his quest, to get to the truth. That's exactly how I felt reading Altered Life! Had to download book 2.... My first book by this author..........absolutely loved it, PI books are not my usual read but this one I have to admit, I fell in love with Sam Dyke. The writing in first person is incredibly well done, Sam to me is so laid back, as to be almost horizontal. Imagine a PI and yourself having a drink together in comfortable surroundings, and he's relaying all that's been happening to himself in his quest, to get to the truth. That's exactly how I felt reading Altered Life! Had to download book 2..........it was a compulsion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Douglas

    This is a decent read which tells the stories of unscrupulous consultants who will stop an nothing to achieve their end goal. Sam Dyke PI is asked to look at a business which is being run in to the ground by the CEO who suspects his wife is out to overthrow him. Little did he know that was the least of his problems. There were some twists and turns in the story and I would not be averse to reading more in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book by Keith Dixon pleads for a follow up. The book introduces you to some characters that you believe you know and some you probably don't or at least don't want to know. The plot is good and keeps you wanting to find out what will happen next. I enjoyed reading this book and await the next. J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's Wars" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" This book by Keith Dixon pleads for a follow up. The book introduces you to some characters that you believe you know and some you probably don't or at least don't want to know. The plot is good and keeps you wanting to find out what will happen next. I enjoyed reading this book and await the next. J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's Wars" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet Schuhknecht

    Good Read Really like this author's new detective Sam Dyke. He's strong but hides it. Great ending but I have 2 unanswered questions. What did Sam want to tell Laura? What about Daniel? Good Read Really like this author's new detective Sam Dyke. He's strong but hides it. Great ending but I have 2 unanswered questions. What did Sam want to tell Laura? What about Daniel?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keith Withers

    A thoroughly thrilling mystery A great mystery from start to finish. An impossible who dunnit in the Agatha Christie class. Not to be missed and l Iook forward to further books in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Uwe

    Pretty good story with a lot of twist and turns and a very special main character. It could have a bit shorter, more to the point and less info about not so interesting details. A few flaws concerning the police, but all in all a good story nicely told!

  13. 5 out of 5

    phillip allen

    First in series - Sam Dyke Good pacy plot. Likeable main character, bit of a love interest to keep us reading. Believable and enjoyable. Would read more by this author. Well done

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richard Burke

    Sam Dyke is reluctantly drawn into an investigation. Within a few hours his client is dead and so begins a twisting tale of death and deception. An excellent read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joan Barstad

    I liked this book except for the times that Sam Dyke gets philosophical on us. The story is gritty and fast moving. With lots of possible bad guys. I would recommend Altered Life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Competent, if unbelievable, mystery featuring single handed and foolhardy private investigator Sam Dyke.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betty Schroyer

    Read like a English book. Confused on occasion, left no opening to find son. But feeling story is on a mission and so am I.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connie Bredernitz

    Spellbinding Great story. Very well written. I couldn't put it down. A must read for anyone who likes mysteries. Kept me guessing till the end. Spellbinding Great story. Very well written. I couldn't put it down. A must read for anyone who likes mysteries. Kept me guessing till the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Greta Halliday

    I really enjoyed this descriptive and well written book with a pretty good storyline that kept me guessing all the way through. Now to find out if there is a follow on

  20. 5 out of 5

    Allan Ball

    Excellent Read The book is well written and keeps your interest throughout. The story line is believable and the ending leaves you with a real twist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    I liked the punchy style of writing but the characters and story-line failed to hold my interest.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Love this book. well written. you must read it. Not listen to it because who ever is reading it leaves out paragrahas. I don't know why. It's a good read for those who like who done its. I did supect 1 person but 1 I didn't . It's fun to try to figure out the Who's and the why's in these books. Love this book. well written. you must read it. Not listen to it because who ever is reading it leaves out paragrahas. I don't know why. It's a good read for those who like who done its. I did supect 1 person but 1 I didn't . It's fun to try to figure out the Who's and the why's in these books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Vincent

    Sam Dyke Investigations Book 1 Meet private investigator Sam Dyke, a loner, a tough guy. Like Raymond Chandler’s creation Philip Marlowe he seems to be able to offend someone with every word that comes out of his mouth or to be at the receiving end of yet another blow to the head. As Sam answers to no-one but himself, he can decide which cases to take on – or not. So he refuses when the wealthy entrepreneur Rory Brand wants Sam to investigate who is secretly plotting to buy Brand's shares. But so Sam Dyke Investigations Book 1 Meet private investigator Sam Dyke, a loner, a tough guy. Like Raymond Chandler’s creation Philip Marlowe he seems to be able to offend someone with every word that comes out of his mouth or to be at the receiving end of yet another blow to the head. As Sam answers to no-one but himself, he can decide which cases to take on – or not. So he refuses when the wealthy entrepreneur Rory Brand wants Sam to investigate who is secretly plotting to buy Brand's shares. But something more is going on, something dark and aggravating. Because we have read these first intriguing sentences of the book “I wish I could say that the first time I met Rory Brand I knew he was a dead man walking”. And within 24 hours we know why: Rory Brand is murdered, his neck broken. Now Sam feels challenged to investigate the case he had rejected before, Brand’s allegations as well as his brutal murder must be connected somehow. As Rory Brand suspected his second wife Tara to be responsible for conspirating against him, she’s the first person for Sam to visit. Upon seeing Mrs. Brand for the first time, nothing can prepare Sam for the shock of seeing his wife from 18 years ago as the new Mrs. Brand, well actually the widow. Clearly Sam and Tara have nothing more to say to each other and the door is slammed in Sam’s face, followed by an enormous blow to his head. Events are starting to develop now. Tara is kidnapped and Sam has to face a complex mystery with no idea how to solve it. Along the way he is regarded by Inspector Howard as the prime suspect and has to face hostility in the Brand firm. Instead of clearing the case, things get very complicated while Sam is interviewing (former) employees and others with his usual tact and finesse. Follow PI Sam Dyke as he is trying to make sense of it all. It is a thrilling tale that is being told and an exciting crime debut for Keith Dixon. His writing is entertaining and he keeps you hooked on the book, unable to wait until the story will be unveiled. As it is the first time we meet Sam Dyke, we get a lot of insight into his youth, his former life and his ‘raison d’être'. ‘Altered Life’ is the first in a series of 7 books with private investigator Sam Dyke. I am looking forward to reading more of Sam Dyke’s adventures, starting with the second Sam Dyke Investigations book ‘Private Lie’. Read the full review on my website: http://www.bitsaboutbooks.net/altered...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric J. Gates

    Sam Dyke, a blunt, gruff Yorkshireman, and a tenacious Private Investigator. This is the new character author Keith Dixon introduces in ‘Altered Life’, the first book of a series featuring this ex-Customs and Excise undercover agent. Dyke works in the quiet, rural Cheshire county area where he finds enough white-collar criminal work to keep his head barely above water. Now he is called in to hear about another job; one he decides to turn down. The matters take an unexpected, deadly turn as his p Sam Dyke, a blunt, gruff Yorkshireman, and a tenacious Private Investigator. This is the new character author Keith Dixon introduces in ‘Altered Life’, the first book of a series featuring this ex-Customs and Excise undercover agent. Dyke works in the quiet, rural Cheshire county area where he finds enough white-collar criminal work to keep his head barely above water. Now he is called in to hear about another job; one he decides to turn down. The matters take an unexpected, deadly turn as his past rears up to thrust him head first into a case that could cost him his life. Dixon’s ability to highlight the essence of his characters lends depth and substance to the main characters of the novel and in his protagonist creates an intriguing figure you’ll want to know more about. His descriptions and insights relating to the flora and fauna of the Cheshire gentry is both astute and sharp, allowing his dry humour to be used with delicate cynicism to paint portraits through the thoughts and voice of his detective. I found myself chuckling on several occasions. His condemnation of the world of Management Consulting, something I’m also familiar with, was also stunningly accurate. The discovery of this author was a blessing, one which I intend to maximize by reading the other novels in his Sam Dyke series (seven in total at the moment). I would thoroughly recommend this novel to all who seek an antidote to the inflated, hollywoodian, Private Eyes that seem to monopolise the Crime and Mystery genre. This was, indeed, a breath of fresh air in an original and credible tale.

  25. 4 out of 5

    HBalikov

    The big headline quote on the cover says, "In the spirit of Chandler's Marlowe." So what do we have here? A loner private detective? Check! He drinks a lot? Check! Has a dark past? Check! Gets mislead by women? Check! Gets knocked unconscious? Check! Almost killed on the job? Check! Dogged in his determination to resolve the case his way? Check! This is Dixon's first Sam Dyke novel. I believe we are in England's Midlands in current times. Dyke takes a case of corporate double-dealing and almost immediat The big headline quote on the cover says, "In the spirit of Chandler's Marlowe." So what do we have here? A loner private detective? Check! He drinks a lot? Check! Has a dark past? Check! Gets mislead by women? Check! Gets knocked unconscious? Check! Almost killed on the job? Check! Dogged in his determination to resolve the case his way? Check! This is Dixon's first Sam Dyke novel. I believe we are in England's Midlands in current times. Dyke takes a case of corporate double-dealing and almost immediately his client is dead and he is a suspect. There are noir phrases peppered through the book. For instance: "...her face seemed as long and unforgiving as an Easter Island statue." Some nice dialogue: "In answer to your question, I don't want to quit. First, I'm having way too much fun. Then there's the glamorous life style to consider. There's also the fact that I'm starting to get huffy. I've been knocked out, locked up twice and humiliated in public. Howard is pulling my chain and people keep talking to me as if I am a moron." Laura smiled. "I just love it when a man expresses vulnerability. It's like sunshine on a rainy day. So what are going to do? Do you have any leads?" "A couple." "Is that all?" "It's not quantity, it's quality." "So you speak detective, too." Two stars; it was okay. It could have been better. A quick read leading to more Sam Dyke investigations ahead, but not enough for me to hunger for the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first novel of the Sam Dyke Investigations series & I found that it suffered a little in quality as is common with most first novels. It was a somewhat wordy and slow paced in the early chapters and I felt it could have been improved with tighter editing. The plot was exciting in that you truly don't know who the villain is until the very end. The characters were warm (for the most part), complex and we see the beginning of Sam's witty banter with sarcastic bite that is more finely ho This is the first novel of the Sam Dyke Investigations series & I found that it suffered a little in quality as is common with most first novels. It was a somewhat wordy and slow paced in the early chapters and I felt it could have been improved with tighter editing. The plot was exciting in that you truly don't know who the villain is until the very end. The characters were warm (for the most part), complex and we see the beginning of Sam's witty banter with sarcastic bite that is more finely honed in later novels. All in all a good start to a great series, and a fantastic read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Sendall

    Altered Life is a very accomplished work, especially considering it's a debut novel. Sam Dyke comes off as an ageing, idealistic dreamer who’s been beaten down by life's hard knocks but retains his sense of humour and even a little compassion. The story line is sufficiently complex, but lacked the intensity that would have nudged it to five stars. Overall a very good read, and one that encourages further reading in the Sam Dyke series. Altered Life is a very accomplished work, especially considering it's a debut novel. Sam Dyke comes off as an ageing, idealistic dreamer who’s been beaten down by life's hard knocks but retains his sense of humour and even a little compassion. The story line is sufficiently complex, but lacked the intensity that would have nudged it to five stars. Overall a very good read, and one that encourages further reading in the Sam Dyke series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Altered Life is well written with some unexpected and interesting twists. Although it wasn't particularly gripping or intense and I was able to put it down and walk away from it without any trouble, I did pick it up again and again, as I was interested to see how it would come out. Typically, I would give 3 stars for a story that was well done but didn't "grab" me; however, I was truly surprised at the identity of the murderer and his accomplice (especially his accomplice). The lack of predictabi Altered Life is well written with some unexpected and interesting twists. Although it wasn't particularly gripping or intense and I was able to put it down and walk away from it without any trouble, I did pick it up again and again, as I was interested to see how it would come out. Typically, I would give 3 stars for a story that was well done but didn't "grab" me; however, I was truly surprised at the identity of the murderer and his accomplice (especially his accomplice). The lack of predictability and the inventive twists and turns of this particular work lead me to give Altered Life a 4-star rating. I liked Sam, but I had no real feelings either way about any of the other characters. The writing was clean and crisp, no distractions of misspellings or grammatical mishaps. There was a minimal amount of coarse language and a tiny bit of sexual content (not at all graphic). I recommend Altered Life for those who enjoy a good mystery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jasper

    I like thrillers, particularly detective thriller and I've read a lot of them. However, this one stands out. Not only does it avoid the usual clichés, but the characterisation of the main character, Sam Dyke, is particularly well conceived. Another plus is the early twist that made me sit up straight and take notice. Sam Dyke's personal life is much more interesting than the private detectives we usually come across in this genre. Next, I'm always grateful when a UK writer takes on the genre as mo I like thrillers, particularly detective thriller and I've read a lot of them. However, this one stands out. Not only does it avoid the usual clichés, but the characterisation of the main character, Sam Dyke, is particularly well conceived. Another plus is the early twist that made me sit up straight and take notice. Sam Dyke's personal life is much more interesting than the private detectives we usually come across in this genre. Next, I'm always grateful when a UK writer takes on the genre as most US writers fall into the trap of trying to out-Chandler, Chandler. Finally, this book is crisply written by a writer fully in command of his use of language, of pacing, of structure and of the settings he uses. Practically error free, this was a major plus. Overall, an excellent read, which I recommend to lovers of the genre. Now, I'm going to read the next in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    LOTS OF MYSTERY WITH A TEENY TINY BIT OF ROMANCE. OMG! I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER GET TO THE END OF THIS BOOK. I FOUND IT HARD TO STAY FOCUSED ON READING, SO MUCH CONFUSED RAMBLING BY THE LEAD CHARACTER TELLING THIS STORY. PAGE AFTER PAGE OF ROADS BEING TRAVELED, SCENERY, PEOPLE WITH WIDE FACES/BODIES, SHARP EDGES, CLOTHES ETC., OVER AND OVER. SCREAMMMMMM! THE ONE LOVE SCENE WAS BLAND, I DON'T KNOW WHY IT WAS EVEN PUT IN IT. SINCE IT WAS SET IN ENGLAND I COULD NEVER REALLY FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF B LOTS OF MYSTERY WITH A TEENY TINY BIT OF ROMANCE. OMG! I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER GET TO THE END OF THIS BOOK. I FOUND IT HARD TO STAY FOCUSED ON READING, SO MUCH CONFUSED RAMBLING BY THE LEAD CHARACTER TELLING THIS STORY. PAGE AFTER PAGE OF ROADS BEING TRAVELED, SCENERY, PEOPLE WITH WIDE FACES/BODIES, SHARP EDGES, CLOTHES ETC., OVER AND OVER. SCREAMMMMMM! THE ONE LOVE SCENE WAS BLAND, I DON'T KNOW WHY IT WAS EVEN PUT IN IT. SINCE IT WAS SET IN ENGLAND I COULD NEVER REALLY FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS & JOBS ALL THE HOOPLA WAS ABOUT. CONSULTING? I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE TERMINOLOGY THEY USED, I DON'T THINK IT WOULD HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE IF I HAD. BORING, SO BORING! ;{

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