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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (13 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1484002709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484002704
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,732 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damien Boyd is a Solicitor and crime fiction writer.

Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon, Avon & Somerset CID.

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Damien Boyd is a solicitor and crime fiction writer. Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as several years in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast paced short crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar 2014
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An easy to read thriller based around key character DI Nick Dixon whose friend, Jake, has died quite inexplicably during a rock climb. It turns out Dixon is both investigating the death and trying to come to terms with his grief as the two men were climbing buddies. I don't know how real Damien Boyd's experience of climbing is. He certainly lays on enough tension and description to make it feel he knows what he's talking about but; he doesn't get bogged down in the technical detail. There's quite a bit of insight into various knots and ropes but it's quite interesting and makes a change from the usual 'serial killer' background. The plot races along at a decent pace. The police procedural aspects are nicely written, believable, and Dixon is a well sketched out British detective. I don't have too many negatives. If you're looking for an an easy to read police thriller with some unique twists and turns then you should enjoy As the Crow Flies. I wouldn't say the novel offers up too many challenges but it's not at all bad.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By magswells on 6 Nov 2013
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Bought this and the second in the series, 'Head in the Sand' as I love crime novels. To be honest I wasn't expecting them to be very good as I thought he's a new author finding his feet etc. but they were both excellent. Fast paced, gripping, and Damien obviously knew or researched police procedure/ climbing accurately. I do hope he's in the process of writing a third in the series and wish him much success for the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T.L. James on 8 May 2014
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Compared with most cop fiction, this reads like real life. It's not all done by one inspector and his sergeant, there's a team, and it takes a reasonable amount of time, and the computer technology is at the sort of level a normal police officer might well understand, and the cops have to collect witness statements, hold meetings and file reports. There's no running around shooting at the bad guys (though it all ends with a bit of a bang) and people go home at the end of the day and start work again next morning.
If this sounds tame and slow, it isn't. It feels like a real investigating officer using his personal knowledge of something (in this case, rock climbing) to realise an apparent accident doesn't ring true, and then using his professional skills, persistence and resources to get to the bottom of it.
I want to read more of this author's work, if this is what he can do.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cyclecrazy on 13 April 2014
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I warmed instantly to nick. The story flows along easily and is very readable. Although I have no interest in climbing I found the detail just enough to hold my attention whilst allowing me to layla something new. The story is fast paced and moves fluidly. All characters are believable and the twist at the end is totally unexpected. I enjoyed the setting and could reminisce about holidays in years gone by. I will certainly read the next book in the series.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2014
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This is quite a short and simple read. The plot is not overly complicated but it is linear and logical - the suspicious death of a rock climber but I found it gripping and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Some of the dialogue is a bit clunky and we don't really get to know the characters but it is a good start to the series and I will read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FME Ryan on 25 Aug 2014
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This is a very well written book considering it's the author's first, as many have said. I'm always on the look out for new authors and love crime fiction and murder mystery, throw in the fact I'm a keen climber and I was itching to read this book. It didn't disappoint! Story was well constructed and flowed nicely. I think I enjoyed it even more with the rock climbing slant although saying that, my boyfriend who isn't a climber enjoyed it equally as much! My only complaint is the book is rather short and I finished it quickly on holiday. Having said that, I'm now off to buy some more of Damien Boyd's novels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 13 July 2014
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Very good read, especially as this is his first book. You get to grips with the characters quickly without the 'baddie' being obvious, in fact some really good twists! I started reading it on holiday to pass half an hour waiting for a shower to pass, the sun came out but I stayed in reading. Couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. On the strength of this I have just ordered the next two in the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MARK SHAKESPEARE FLETCHER on 17 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book.
I bought it because we live in the area in which it is set and was intrigued to see how it would be portrayed. It didn't disappoint.
Nick Dixon is a very strong character and I'm looking forward to finding out how he is developed further in Head in the sand. The story drew you in from the start and threw in various clues along the way, but the ending was very good, moving and poignant.
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