NB This post first appeared as part of the Blog Tour for ‘The Two Fathers’.
Cinema manager Brian turns up at Sam Dyke’s house one night asking for help. Despite Dyke’s reluctance to take on what appears to be a ‘divorce’ case, he listens to Brian’s story and learns that the wife, Jessica, is away from home several nights a week for no obvious reason. Brian wants to know what’s going on and why. At first, Dyke isn’t keen, but eventually agrees to do a little digging. However, what he discovers is a little unexpected and doesn’t offer up any easy explanations. One of the problems is Jessica’s connection to one of Manchester’s biggest villains, who, as well as running a flower shop, is also setting up some shady deals with a mysterious Dutchman. When Jessica’s husband goes missing, Sam is left with a dilemma – can he sort out who’s doing what, and why, before things get nasty?
Having read seven or eight of Keith Dixon’s crime novels, I was very happy to dig into book 11 of the Sam Dyke Investigations series. As with all the others, the plot is a twisty-turny one that throws up lots of unanswered questions. We tag along with Sam as he tries to work out the relationships between an apparently unhappily married couple, their dodgy relatives and a bunch of thugs. Set mainly around the Manchester area, the story also brings Sam’s own relationship with his son up to date, with Sam’s typically down-to-earth approach not always working out the way he hopes. Keith Dixon’s sense of humour is as apparent as ever and there are some cracking one liners that had me laughing like a drain.
Another great read from this exceptionally talented author.
About Keith Dixon
Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he’s the author of ten books in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016.
When he’s not writing he enjoys reading, learning the guitar, watching movies and binge-inhaling great TV series. He’s currently resident in France.
Published in paperback and digital formats by Semiologic Ltd on 14th November 2020