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Big Dipper [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Wyatt
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Julian Bryant. A successful, well-off lawyer. Nice flat, plenty of money, and a wide circle of friends. Gay, but discreet. A man with everything.

Out shopping one afternoon, he meets Kim. Recently arrived from Hong Kong, he has nothing except his wit and charm. Beautiful, intriguing and fascinating, Julian is instinctively drawn to him. Two men from very different worlds but sharing the same passion.

They embark on a series of games – games that Julian cannot resist.

But Kim is a man with a past.

And a man with a plan.

And Julian’s life is about to turn into Big Dipper: a terrifying roller-coaster ride from which there is no escape.

‘Big Dipper’ is a gripping, page-turning mystery thriller that exerts an icy grip on the reader – and doesn’t let up from the first page to the last. From a fascinating beginning, as the relationship between two men from very different world slowly develops, it builds towards a heart-stopping finale.

It is perfect for fans of Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, James Patterson and Peter Robinson.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SM4N5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #395,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Stephen Wyatt writes for theatre, radio and television.

For further information on Stephen's life, work and how to contact him, please consult Stephen's website:

Stephen also wrote the introductions to Pinero:Three Plays (Methuen).

Stephen's dramatisation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones for BBC Radio4 is available as an audio download from

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of Hitchcock and Highsmith 22 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Of course I know the work of Stephen Wyatt through his scripts -- most recently his award winning radio plays, including a brilliant sequence devoted to Raymond Chandler -- but I had never read a book by him before. The Big Dipper is gripping from the first sentence. It's very well written and engrossing; in fact it's a classic noir thriller, written with great self assurance and frequent flashes of sardonic wit. It features insightful observations of culture and class and some excellent characterisation. Most importantly it offers real suspense and tension and, crucially for a murder mystery, it kept me guessing right up until its brutal conclusion.
Endeavour Press are to be congratulated for enabling this novel to see the light of day. It has the flavour of classic Hitchcock or Highsmith. Readers shouldn't be put off by the fact that it deals with an unsavoury segment of society -- which is to say, ardent supporters of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1990s.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent crime story with decent, original angle. 21 Oct. 2012
By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition
Big Dipper starts out quite slowly, as the relationship between the two men in the story gradually develops, and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first. But there was something interesting about the young Chinese guy that kept me going and about a third of the way through I was gripped and could not put it down. The main characters are gay, but this is not a book for gay people alone. It is a classy, sophisticated mystery story with a couple of great twists in it. Apart from the slow start, recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairground thrill with a difference 26 Oct. 2012
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I have long admired Stephen Wyatt's prize-winning radio plays, serialisations like 'Vanity Fair', and TV scripts ('Dr Who', 'Casualty' etc). But to find someone who could capture the elusive essence of Cardinal Newman (in a recent Radio 4 play of impressive depth and integrity) writing a gripping gay thriller was a real surprise. Besides being a compelling whodunnit with frequent surprise twists and a brutal ending, it also explores, with sardonic wit, what can happen when sexual fantasies become realities, unleashing powerful pent-up frustrations. Unfortunately, in Julian's case, the thrilling Big Dipper ride of his childhood becomes a nightmare reality that he cannot escape from as an adult. Led on by the seductive Kim Lo, a staid solicitor is drawn into a world of drugs, porn videos, sado-masochism and murder and is forced to become an unlikely, and endearingly maladroit sleuth to prove his innocence. The setting of 'Big Dipper' in the world of Maggie Thatcher and the onset of AIDS does not affect the power of its original plot. Neither is it a book just for the LGBT community. If you enjoy Peter James and Ruth Rendell, you will love this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexual secrets 25 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a novel about an ordinary middle-class man caught up in an extraordinary experience: one that reminds him of being taken on a fairground ride as a little boy. It feels to him like the Big Dipper - at the same time terrifying and immensely exciting, a high which reveals things that he has never seen before, about himself and others, and where he has no control over what will happen next.

Big Dipper is a murder mystery. But it's much more than that. It's an exploration of the unconscious meanings of homo-erotic fantasy, set in the context of the arrival of AIDS and the end of Maggie Thatcher's leadership. It raises important questions about the nature and power of sexual fantasy for all of us - gay or straight - and how it permeates our lives, whether we admit to it or not.

Like the fairground ride of the title, this book may seem a fun and easy trip to embark on, and it certainly is a fun and easy read. But for readers who want to stop to think about it more deeply, it is also a courageous guided tour of the secret fears and desires that are aroused in us all in our pursuit of sexual intimacy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller with a twist 30 Oct. 2012
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I was drawn to this book, although the storyline initially seemed like something slightly different to what I would normally choose to read. On reading I was immediately hooked by the relationship between the mysterious Kim and sensible lawyer Julian, and intrigued by the bizarre `big dipper' ride Julian finds himself on. There are plenty of well-written twists in this story to keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as a sensational finale. I'm definitely glad I picked this up, despite it offering something very different to a lot of the thrillers on the market - well worth the risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of a thriller 14 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The main character, Julian has a good solid career and an expensive taste in soft furnishings and apparently has it all. It would seem that he would never take risks or allows himself to be wrong-footed. But he has a secret yearning for erotica that goes beyond S & M and thinks he has met the perfect man who can indulge him in his fantasy. But that is just the start.
Then other characters enter the story, each with their own particular foibles and links to Julian and all drawn with equal skill. I found the story addictive and thought the way the reader is led to believe one perfectly feasible reason for the murder of Kim only to read on and discover there is another reason, is plotted with superb expertise. The truth behind Kim's murder is cleverly interwoven, making sense of party scenes, references to the political landscape and seemingly passing characters that the reader comes across throughout the narrative.
Big Dipper is a superb title and not only reflects Julian's emotions as he finds himself in dangerous situations but also reflects the way the plot twists and turns taking you on a roller coaster of a read.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomach Churning Excitement
This well crafted thriller with an exciting gay slant manages to keep the reader in suspense right up until the final chapter. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Shrubsall
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you're bored!
Readable but obvious title signposting and poor character development make it a little predictable. Not very believable but an untaxing read.
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by G. Worswick
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Dipper? More like Teacups...
Taking place in 1990, this book feels like it was written in 1990. It's full of stereotyped, self-loathing queers reminiscent of what you get in a book by Edmund White. Read more
Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by M. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
very good book. A lot of the gay publications are all sex and not much else but this is something very different
Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Good murder mystery
I really enjoyed this book; the plot was different and interesting and the characters believable. I was left guessing to the very end. Recommended.
Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Cas
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful what you wish for
Julian Bryant meets Kim, who seems to be the man of his dreams. But very soon his dream turns into a terrifying ordeal, and Julian sets out to discover the truth about the murder... Read more
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 by elizaD
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
This London-set novel begins with a dark game of seduction that eventually leads to a crime scene. Julian Bryant - a gay, ageing lawyer finds himself on a roller-coaster ride from... Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2012 by Margaret C
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