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Big Dipper by [Wyatt, Stephen]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SM4N5Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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