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Dirty Business (The Acer Sansom Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Tidy
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Book Description

When a British soldier the world thought was dead resurfaces, shot in the guts, in the home of a still-warm dead man an unsavoury story of dirty business and murder begins to emerge.

A politician and a shadowy government security official make contact with him and reveal evidence of where he should be looking for answers to his questions. With their assistance, the soldier becomes embroiled in a mission for retribution and justice. And for some crimes only biblical justice will do.

Dirty Business tells how Acer Sansom returns from the ‘dead’, where he’s been for his missing year and why he is possessed with a single-minded need for vengeance. It follows his journey from the south of England to Turkey on the trail of the men responsible for the fate of his murdered family and his search for the truth.

Acer’s desire for revenge is clear. Less clear are the motives of those helping him and whose hands are soiled with their Dirty Business.


Dirty Business is the first Acer Sansom novel by Oliver Tidy, author of three detective novels in the Romney and Marsh Files series and one book in the Booker & Cash stories.

The sequel, Loose Ends, is also available on Amazon.


The books are written in British English and have been carefully checked and corrected by a proofreader.

Some comments on Dirty Business:

I have reviewed 74 books in the last 12 months and have only given 3 lots of 5 stars (one being a Jack Higgins), so I do not normally "gush" about books. However, I feel like gushing about this one! (Mrs Bruce, 5*)

This is the best book I have read in a long time.Great story with.plenty of plots and action.This is.a must read book and I look forward to.the second book on this spell binding story. (James W Wallace, 5*)

Bloody good yarn, I enjoyed not quite knowing what was coming next but I am glad it was the next book. Steve 1, 5*)

Enjoyed this book immensely. Great plot and characters, thrilling in parts and moving in others. (JC Giles, 5*)

On my Kindle I have approximately 120 action adventure thrillers and I can honestly say this is one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading. (Amazon Customer, 5*)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3786 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F20QDKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hello and welcome to my author page.

I am the author of four titles in the Romney and Marsh Files series of British police procedural novels, three books in the Acer Sansom series of thrillers and two books in my Booker & Cash stories.

My venture into self-publishing began in December, 2012, with the self-publication of the first of the Romney and Marsh Files. These don't have to be read in order, but, like consuming the many and varied courses of a good lunch, it is best if you do (Rope Enough, Making a Killing, Joint Enterprise and A Dog's Life).

In September, 2013, my first two Acer Sansom books became available for download (Dirty Business and Loose Ends). In December 2014 I released the third in this series (Smoke and Mirrors). These are different stories in a different genre, and while each is a stand-alone novel they really should be read in the above order.

In January, 2014, I self-published the first of what I hope to be many of my Booker & Cash stories (Bad Sons). Book two in this series (He Made Me) became available January 2015.
Please see the listings here on Amazon for a more detailed synopsis of each title.

If you do read any of my books, I would appreciate you taking the time to comment with your thoughts here on Amazon. As a self-published author it appears that reader-feedback is vitally important in furthering interest for other readers. I am also very happy to receive feedback at my blog:

I feel it is worth mentioning that with the first three Romney and Marsh Files I did everything myself except the cover art. That includes the proof-reading and the editing. One thing I have since learned about self-publishing is that one should not and simply cannot rely solely on oneself for these tasks if one wishes one's work to be the best that it can. Help is needed to limit the inevitable mistakes that one simply ends up not noticing, no matter how many times books are read through for errors. Readers of these books have generally been wonderfully tolerant and helpful with their observations regarding my English language mistakes. (Please see my blog for evidence of this.) I have now used this feedback to upload improved editions of each of the three books.

With the Acer Sansom books, my Booker & Cash stories and the fourth Romney and Marsh File I have had assistance with proof-reading and editing. These books are more professional, more correct and more polished for it. That said, any mistakes that do occur are my responsibility alone, especially as I have had a habit of changing things when my collaborator was not looking.

If you have an inclination to learn more about me or my writing, I blog at the address mentioned above. Here you will also find a comments page for each series of books.

My books are written in British English.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping thriller 27 Sept. 2013
By Rich66
Format:Kindle Edition
This is his best yet - and I've loved all the Romney and Marsh titles. Dirty Business was a real page turner from start to finish. Its characterisation is fantastic with Acer more than a match for Bourne or Reacher. The plot races along through the means streets of modern day Turkey which from bustling Istanbul to the Aegean resort of Bodrum creates a wonderful backdrop. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to read the next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good adventure story 18 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have reviewed 74 books in the last 12 months and have only given 3 lots of 5 stars (one being a Jack Higgins), so I do not
normally "gush" about books. However, I feel like gushing about this one! And no, I do not know the author and he is not a
"friend of a friend"!

In fact this adventure story reminded me of some of the really good, early Jack Higgins' books. I had read 2 of the Romney
and Marsh books and enjoyed them, but this was a completely different style of writing and I liked this even better.
I am glad that Oliver Tidy didn't write the Acer books under a pseudonym (as he had first thought), as it shows he is not a
"one-trick pony" and can turn his hand to other genres. As someone else said, I am surprised a publisher hasn't snapped him

Acer Sansom has lost his family in a boat hijack and returns after a year marooned on an island to seek revenge on the killers.
Most of the action happens in Turkey and though the author describes the places and the atmosphere, he doesn't get bogged down
in unnecessary flowery prose. I found the action continuous and there were a few surprises and traps that the characters did
well to get out of, but they were not far-fetched.
There were not too many characters' names to remember, and very little swearing and no sex - though a possible romance?

There were a few loose ends, but as I have got the next Acer book with just that title, I suppose it was clever of the author
to leave the reader guessing and wanting more! I really hope that the sequel is as good as this one and that Oliver Tidy
writes more adventure stories, possibly using a different character.
I recommend this book as a very good read. (Can I have my money now Oliver?? - hee, hee, just joking!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good start 27 Sept. 2013
By somnus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a bargain for 75 pence. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Descriptions of the scenery were excellent, felt I was actually there.The language used is very picturesque without being voluminous and although never been to Turkey myself, I could easily imagine it. A good thriller that rolls along a a very good pace, although, I would have liked the hero to be a bit more thoughtful and less motivated by emotions. That said I thought it good enough to download his second book Loose Ends which I am about to start. Looks like it could be a good series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Business 1 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the best book I have read in a long time.Great story with.plenty of plots and action.This is.a must read book and I look forward to.the second book on this spell binding story.Do yourself a big favour and buy the books.A great author with a great gift of giving you a.spell binding tale with twists and turns to keep your interest till the very end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great series 20 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I have written the same review for Books 1 and 2 in this series, and not for convenience only. In my view, you can't read book one without committing to book two, and you can't read book two without having read book one (this holds less true for book 3, I think, as Acer, our lead, starts afresh here, from what I understand).

Again we have a simple yet engaging tale which keeps the reader interested. Tidy throws in the story hooks very early in book one and introduces us to a protagonist who it is difficult not to align with. Over the two novels, there is an excellent story core, good mystery and good twists and turns.

I worried about the early body count and what I thought would be a race to vigilantism, but my fears were unfounded. I probably would have liked to have seen a little more depth and less licence taken in places, but the overall package really was that good that these preferences really just may be me nit-picking. Book one does leave too much unfinished business though and compels the reader to go on to the next. The closure for book two though is both good and sound and some may even choose to stop at this point as things are reasonably, but not fully, rounded out. I did wonder whether both books should have been condensed into the one novel, with some savage editing, but I suspect we may have created a Nelson DeMille type monster that way.

No typos to speak of in the Kindle version, which was good to see.

It goes without saying that I am heading for book three in the series and more by Oliver Tidy. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 5 Oct. 2014
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not my usual fare as I love a good police procedural but as I have read all Mr Tidy's other work I thought I'd give this a go and wow! It is not as intimate as these other works because it is set on a wider stage both geographically (England and Turkey with a South Seas island background) and plot wise (dirty politicians, military intelligence, international criminals and revenge) but it still has inviting, easy style that I like. Acer Sansom returns from the presumed dead aboard a ship in the Pacific to be found badly injured after a shootout at a businessman's home. It turns out he survived a hijack which killed his wife and daughter. He is furnished the means of revenge by a former cabinet minister who lost his son in the same hijack. After that it's a non stop roller coaster of action and dead bodies. Obviously there are plenty of co-incidences and only a passing nod to reality but it is so inviting and well written that you immediately identify with Acer and start rooting for him from the start. If Mr Tidy was not one of my favourite authors before Dirty Business (and he was) he is now. His versatility is amazing, his writing style is just so easy to read and his plotting is clever and yet seems effortless. I'm now away to read Loose Ends and tie up what wasn't revealed in Dirty Business.
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Another good Oliver Tidy, not gripped me as much as the Romney and Marsh series but still an excellent read
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first time I have read Oliver Tidy, won't be the last. Gripping story, well told. Can't wait to read next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Business - intriguing new Acer Sansom novel
Enjoyed this first Acer Sansom tale by Oliver Tidy. I found the writing of it pans differently to the other books by Oliver Tidy, but still an enjoyable read and look forward to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, loved it
Great book, loved it. Reviting story, may be the start was a little slow but once Acer's story unfolded it was difficult to put the kindle down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acer Sansome a brilliant new series.
Brilliant book, didn't think I would like as much as Romney and Marsh series but I was wrong. Well written, fast paced and a really good page turner, well done Oliver Tidy.
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