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A King of Infinite Space (Long Beach Homicide) [Kindle Edition]

Tyler Dilts
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Long Beach, California, homicide detective Danny Beckett is pouring the weekend’s first shot of vodka when the call comes in: Elizabeth Williams, a teacher at nearby Warren High School, has been brutally murdered in her classroom. When Danny arrives at the school, the blood-spattered crime scene turns even his veteran stomach. What could this young woman have done to make her the target of such a violent attack? And what is the significance of the victim’s left hand, taken by the killer as a grisly trophy? Beckett delves into the case with his usual tenacious cool, yet as he pieces together the facts, long-suppressed anguish from his own past rises up with stunning force. His hunt for the murderer soon morphs into a personal quest for atonement as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his wife and family. A King of Infinite Space is a riveting crime novel that serves as a memorable introduction for Danny Beckett to the ranks of fiction’s favorite hardened detectives.

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    About the Author

    Tyler Dilts received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where he now teaches. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Best American Mystery Stories, and in numerous other publications. A King of Infinite Space is his first novel.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2903 KB
    • Print Length: 276 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (29 Jun. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00395ZYY0
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 7 Jan. 2012
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Like a number of other reviewers I would agree that this book doesn't offer anything particularly new in the world of crime novels. A serial killer is on the loose and a cop with plenty of other baggage to ponder is on their trail.

    That said, it's an entertaining read.

    It's inherently plausible and requires little suspension of disbelief whilst reading and whilst it does perhaps push the procedural nature of things at the expense of genuine tension at times there is also a great sense of character which places you firmly behind Danny Beckett, the detective, and his police partner, Jen Tanaka. For their faults, the duo are likeable and well drawn characters.

    Some may see the conclusions coming from a while back but there's only a minor feeling of waiting for the characters to catch up and all in all this is a good effort than fans of the crime/killer genre will enjoy. I'd certainly appreciate the chance to read more of Danny Becket's exploits.
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining modern police procedural 19 July 2011
    By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Don't let the title mislead you into thinking this is some kind of high-brow philosophical investigation. It's a pure hard-boiled American detective story, in the tradition of Ed McBain or Travis McGee, transferred to the modern world. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
    In fact, there's an awful lot right with `Infinite Space'. The central character, a Californian detective, is mucked up by personal loss and a drink problem, but he's not so off-the-scale that he'd have trouble carrying out his day job. His partner is a feisty female cop but she's got more depth to her than the usual stereotype: a martial arts expert, she's struggling to come to terms with the inevitable effects of age upon her physical prowess.
    Then there's the central plot, a tight little murder mystery about which I'll say nothing because it's genuinely interesting to let the characters resolve it for themselves. It is credible, however, not like some books where the body count hits double figures before you've reached the end and where every single death is somehow related back to the deep dark past of the tormented detective. No, this story could actually happen.
    `Infinite Space' is also written with some flair and a happy lack of all the awful padding which plagues the thriller genre today. The result is a short, snappy read which was definitely worth Amazon picking up and re-publishing.
    I hope it does well enough that Tyler Dilts picks up the threads for a second instalment. I'd buy that straight away.

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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality First Novel 3 Jun. 2011
    By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    A King of Infinite Space is published under the Amazon Encore programme, the stated aim of which is to identify books which may have been self published or published by a small publisher, but which are worthy of a much wider audience. Tyler Dilt's first offering certainly ticks the boxes for filling this criterion.

    The plot concerns the rather messy murder of a school teacher, being investigated by a cop with his own personal problems, battling the demons of his past with the help of a vodka bottle etc. Hence the immediate reaction is, could the author have found a more clichéd subject matter and get ready for a formulaic and uninspiring whodunit.

    However, rather surprisingly the result is far from this and makes for a very good read. The writing is crisp and concise and the plot keeps moving along at a good pace. We learn more about Danny Beckett, the detective, who tells the story in the first person, as the layers of his background and character are gradually revealed. His police partner, Jen Tanaka, a martial arts expert, is also an interesting character who clearly cares about Danny and complements him. The story is an absorbing tale which includes a number of possible suspects for the murder, none of whom appear that likely on first investigation.

    My only criticism is that the book is rather disappointingly short, which really speaks for the quality of the offering as the reader is left ready for more. I imagine most people will enjoy this story even if detective novels are not their normal reading and will get through it in a day or two as it is quite hard to put down. Another mystery is solved when it is revealed that the rather unusual title is a Shakespearean reference from Hamlet. I would expect that Danny Beckett will have more outings in the future and I look forward to reading The Pain Scale, which the author is apparently currently hard at work on.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A decent story but lacking polish 7 Dec. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I found this to be a somewhat substandard, American detective story. The victim is an almost too perfect, high school teacher who is killed in a particularly brutal manner. The story is told from the point of view of the detective who is a run of the mill character with a drink problem. The most interesting character is the female detective who works alongside him. Apart from her there is nothing too exciting here.

    The saving grace of this book is that Tyler Dilts does have a good plot. He throws in some interesting distractions but for me it didn't work. I spotted the killer all too early. Then it was really a question of reading on to find out how the detective would come to the right conclusion

    The final confrontation is good but having reached the end of the book I was all too aware of places where potential plot lines plugged in but never got resolved. It is a dark book. The only sub-plot that does get resolved is a very unpleasant one affecting the victim and her family. I am not sure that this one needed to be closed off - leaving it open could have been more effective.

    For me this is another of those books in need of an editor to guide the author through the process of polishing and completing his manuscript. It needs some extra work to hide the identity of murderer prior to the closing reveal.

    However, despite these criticisms I will be watching out for more books by Tyler Dilts because he shows promise. I like the style of his writing and the detail of the plot. I just hope that his next novel gets that extra critical input that is so lacking from this one.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars infinite space
    I have tried to get into this book a few times now without success. Will try again.
    Published 1 month ago by erindors
    4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
    Published 4 months ago by Gill Nicholls
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of the crime genre
    Good read. Characters believable,plot held interest and descriptive context of place and time provided realism and involvement. Recommended read .
    Published 6 months ago by harry karry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Given as a present
    Published 8 months ago by C. T. Green
    4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable murder mystery.
    Good thriller, unexpected twist as and turns. Relationships between the detectives well defined.
    Main character still grieving for his dead wife, struggling to carry on, but... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Really enjoyed this read
    Published 10 months ago by mr smith
    1.0 out of 5 stars First time
    Couldn't finish this book. Just couldn't get into it. This is the first every book where I haven't finished a book.
    Published 19 months ago by mmmppph
    3.0 out of 5 stars ok but.....
    Knew the killer as soon as they came into the story:-(

    Good characters though, a little complexity and depth, means a sequel could be worth a read
    Published 22 months ago by Chris Vowles
    4.0 out of 5 stars an ok yarn
    Although some graphic detail this is quite gentle. Easy to read and entertaining. It almost feels like 95% is build up though and 5% the meaty bit. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by AndrewC
    3.0 out of 5 stars LindaB
    An easy enjoyable read but unfortunately I was able to identify the suspect when only half way through the novel.
    Published 23 months ago by LindaB
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