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Jake Fayter falls to his death during a routine rock climbing accident. At least that is what the report reads. His parents disagree. So they turn to their son’s old friend, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon. Dixon was once Fayter’s climbing partner and has a hard time believing the report. He knows that there is no way that Jake made the mistake necessary to cause his death. So he begins to investigate. As he digs into his friend’s death he soon realizes that he is not going to like what he discovers.
As The Crow Flies is the first book featuring DI Nick Dixon. He is a quiet man who requested a transfer back to his home area instead of staying in London and working his way up the administrative ladder. Now he has a small place that needs furniture, a dog, and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Of course he also is on the trail of a team of burglars who keep breaking into the houses of the recently deceased. Now he has what appears to him to be the suspicious death of an old friend. Before it is over he will find himself dealing with a smuggling operation, drug dealers, and a killer who won’t go down easy. Boyd’s is an excellent stylist. He brings his characters to life and allows them to develop as the story goes on. The book is full of great characters who you feel you want to know better.
As I read this book I couldn’t help but think that this story and these characters are perfect for a BBC mystery series. This is the kind of detective drama that so many of us have come to know and love over the years. I read a lot of books. Usually over 150 per year. Some of the books are old friends, most are new. The majority of books that I have read I doubt that I will ever read again. Damian Boyd’s DI Nick Dixon novels fall into that rare category of books that I will definitely read and enjoy again and again over the years. I look forward to more in this series. I suggest that you order this book right now. It is the perfect book to take with you on summer holiday. It is also the perfect book to curl up with in your favorite reading chair. In other words, it is just a great book.
38 of 39 people found this review helpful
DI Dickson is a transplanted city detective who heads for the country looking for a change of pace. What should bring a slower, more manageable work load proves anything but. Accompanied by a competent team still trying to decipher this mysterious colleague, and an affable pet named Monty, DI Dickson solves what I hope will be the first two of many cases. Sober, cerebral procedural that plays at just the right speed.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
Almost gave up on this book several times but persevered; wish I hadn't bothered. The narrator is VERY bad.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would. It's a good read, entertaining and pulls you in.
What other book might you compare As the Crow Flies to, and why?
There isn't one. Yet.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Napoleon Ryan?
If I bought the book.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Can't think of one.
Any additional comments?
Other reviewers mention the female voice sounding odd or breathy. To me this voice sounds audibly created and then added in at the appropriate places. If it is the male narrator's voice re-engineered to sound female, it would've sounded better if a female narrator was used to voice the parts. But that would probably have made the book more expensive.
Also, the male narrator's voice did sound a bit re-engineered too at times.
Otherwise, the story made the narration worth putting up with.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Writing has the right amount of twists, turns. Character is believable, took me a bit to get the rock climbing as know nothing about it. I do now, and it was conveyed well. Narration was well done. Will be interesting to see what is next for this series.
Great English crime story. had some very technical climbing bits. enjoyable story. very good performance with what could be different actors