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Altered Life: The exciting debut of the gripping Sam Dyke detective thriller series (Sam Dyke Investigations Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The main character seemed well enough developed, but I would like to have seen a bit more of his thought process and emotions. Murder mystery readers need a few clues so they can participate in the hunt for the killer. As it was, since he didn't share his thoughts on the case, I had nothing to go on, and found it a little unbelievable when he put it all together after a rather haphazard investigation.
Secondary characters were a little sketchy and the major players at the end of the book were so little known to me that I couldn't remember exactly who they were. It was supposed to be a twist, but it failed because I couldn't work out what the woman had to do with the overall crime or what her motivations were, both in past scenes and in the final scene.
Also, for a character who we were supposed to believe was your usual street-smart private detective, he was inordinately stupid at the end when he met the killer with no back-up. Any person with half a brain would have waited at the inn for him, but that wouldn't have provided the dramatic ending, hence the ending seemed rather contrived.
Though it kept me reading, the story was basically rather dull. Books of this genre need a lot more excitement to be successful.Read more ›
Minus the seedy monologues involving dames and broads and neon lit corner diners providing the only light on dark rainy nights, Keith Dixon stoutheartedly keeps the style of delivery firmly on this ( UK ) side of the Sargasso, and makes the first person narrative style all his own. Altered life is a tale of a private investigator, Sam Dyke, who is asked by a management consultant, Rory Brand, to investigate his beliefs that someone is trying to scupper his business and steal new software related to the still burgeoning Human Resource culture-monster which is engulfing all aspects of Personnel and Recruitment in both the private and state sectors in all countries where paint bombing and away-days are King.
The story has a surprising very early twist and this then really sets the scene for the rest of the tale; so much so I cannot relate it here as it would be a Class 1 Spoiler. But, the combination of A1 narrative and dialogue, the totally believable characters, and the tense situations punctuating the overall plot, make this a great story by a great writer. Keith once won an award for one of his earlier offerings, let us hope he repeats this achievement with - Altered Life. Well done, Keith, here's to your next offering.
Characterizations are well drawn, and the settings are beautifully described, so I enjoyed that part.
The ending seemed lame, because the hero knowingly walks into a trap -- anything to confront the killer, right? -- and gambles his life with little preparation for what he should expect. Then a minor character rescues him, so we can't even admire Sam Dyke for saving himself against great odds.
The motivations for the guilty parties aren't adequate for murdering people. Many experience disappointments in business without trying to kill everybody involved, including the detective who's on their trail.
I haven't had a chance to check out the second in the series, but it's on my list for the summer.
This first novel doesn't reach the level of the great American hard-boiled novels, but there's a lot of potential here. I certainly would recommend it for fans of hard-boiled detective novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting and well written novel. I would definitely recommend that fans of the genre read this one.Published 5 days ago by Ray Tappan
Good story. Sam Dyke the investigator (and focus of the story) is really smart at times, but leaves himself beyond vulnerable at other times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent. Reminds me greatly of my time in Great Britain in the 60's (as if my English bride of 51 years isn't reminder enough).Published 2 months ago by George V. Marsh Jr.
This was my sixth book this week including two by Dick Francis, one Patterson, and some David Baldacci, so I my expectations were not high. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fastreader
What a pleasure to read a book that is well written and well edited!
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Excellent, twisting, plot line that was full of surprises. It is a subdued read but compelling non-the-less. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KOBAM
The storyline started well and the characters seemed likeable. However, the whole thing seemed to stall and then suddenly, after ramblings that didn't really move the story along... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A reader
This is a well written book, good plot that keeps thebreader guessing and well established characters. I have read two books by this author and look forward to reading more.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I received this book at no charge from Amazon for Kindle. I enjoyed the read and thank the author for generously providing this work at no cost.Published 5 months ago by NinaS
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