Dying Inside by Damien Boyd

4 Stars from me

This was an exciting thriller and it joined newly promoted DCI Nick Dixon in what appears to be a well established series. I think this is the first book I have read from Damien Boyd and I have no doubt there would be benefits to reading the series in order!

However, having not done that I can only base this review on Dying Inside although I am tempted to now read from book 1 onwards.

DCI Nick Dixon was a good character and I enjoyed following him through the book.

The storyline was clever and certainly unique for me which made it all the more interesting! The internal conflict within the police is quite a common theme and I wonder how much it reflects upon real life.

All in all, I really enjoyed following the story and will be keeping a look out for Damien Boyd books in the future.

Blurb: In this thriller from the bestselling DI Nick Dixon crime series, a brutal murder looks like a gangland execution… until the next body is found.

Newly promoted DCI Nick Dixon is stuck behind a desk when the peace of the Somerset countryside is shattered by a spate of sheep killings. Dixon recognises a sinister pattern: the animals have all been slaughtered with a crossbow, the power increasing with each kill. It seems whoever is responsible is practising, but for what?

Then the owner of a yacht that capsized on a suspected drug run is found dead, pinned to a tree by four crossbow bolts. Convinced that the killing is a gangland execution, the organised crime unit take over the investigation.

Dixon is sure the motive lies elsewhere, but is forced to watch from the sidelines—until another body is found.

Leading a major investigation team at Avon and Somerset Police headquarters, and with internal politics threatening to thwart him at every turn, Dixon must find the murderer before he kills again. And again… 


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