‘The Private Lie’ by Keith Dixon

The Private Lie

When Private Eye Sam Dyke sets out to help his son find a missing girlfriend, the canny sleuth falls fouls of a pair of Liverpool gangsters. But with a stock in trade involving bribery, murder and finger-snipping, Dyke will have to keep his wits about him if he’s to avoid going the way of all flesh.

This is book two in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and sees the hero up to his neck in difficult situations, not to mention difficult relationships. Keith Dixon’s writing is as tight and witty as always and it’s interesting to see how the burgeoning new love in Dyke’s life is mirrored in his struggle to sort out what’s important. The denouement took me by surprise, but like any good crime thriller, the clues were all there.

This is a brilliant series and I’ve just ordered the next one, The Hard Swim. Can’t wait!

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