- Action and Adventure
- Crime Fiction
| Synopsis |
Early on a cold Somerset morning, ten year old Alesha Daniels is reported missing by her father, a violent alcoholic. Her mother, a known drug addict, is found unconscious, but it’s her mother’s boyfriend the police are keen to trace.
As the hunt for Alesha gathers pace, a second local girl is taken, plunging another family into the depths of despair.
Cutting short his holiday, DI Nick Dixon races home to join the Major Investigation Team, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead.
At odds with his superiors, Dixon is convinced the child abductions are anything but random, but nobody is prepared for the investigation to lead quite so close to home.
Can Dixon and his team crack the case before all the suspects are silenced? And will he find the missing girls before it’s too late?
| Interview |
Damien Boyd is a bestselling crime novelist. His series featuring DI Nick Dixon has sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into five different languages. Damien produces stories based on his own experience from twenty-five years in the legal profession, including a spell at the Crown Prosecution Service. His debut novel, As the Crow Flies, was published in April 2013 becoming an international Kindle #1 bestseller. The sequels, Head in The Sand, followed by Kickback, Swansong, DeadLevel and DeathSentence were all critically acclaimed, and his latest novel Heads or Tails achieved great success in the UK and Australia.
Damien takes part in many literary festivals including the Chudleigh and Ilminster Festivals, the Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival, World Book Day with BBC Radio Devon, and is also soon to appear at Bridgwater Library on 24th May and Burnham-on-Sea Library on 30th May to coincide with the release of Dead Lock.
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
There are two. Black Beauty (which may be why I keep my overdraft at Lloyds). Swallows and Amazons too. I even went as far as paddling out to Peel Island on Coniston in a canoe. That was a sort of pilgrimage!
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
Oddly enough, it was one of the first plots I came up with for the Nick Dixon Crime Series and I’m not entirely sure why it ended up being book 8. Much of it is based on personal experience, and it took me a while to figure out how best to use that experience, I think. The lightbulb moment came when I decided to make something of a departure from the murder mystery and set Nick the task of finding two kidnapped children. Then it all seemed to drop into place.
The journey began in 1999, ending 18 months later, and it’s been fermenting in my head ever since, until it appears on the pages of a crime novel in 2018. I really can’t say much more without it being a monumental spoiler!
- Do you get an emotional connection to your character’s?
Certainly the recurring characters, but then most of them are real people, some of them I’ve known since I was 7 years old. They know who they are…
Whenever I sit down to write it’s like spending time with old friends!
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
This is me on the summit of Mont Blanc in August 1990. You’ll have to take my word for it, I’m afraid, because I forgot to take off my balaclava. The picture tells so many stories for me, as well as bringing back memories, and it still hangs on the wall in my office (spare bedroom) above my desk (camping table).
A few weeks after the photograph was taken I was waiting to climb Left Unconquerable, a route at Stanage Edge in the Peak District, when a climber fell, landing on the boulders right next to me. He broke his back. I never climbed again.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
Cause of Death, Memoirs of a Home Office Pathologist by Dr Geoffrey Garrett.
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
Mad World, the Michael Andrews version (with apologies to Tears For Fears!).
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
It’s certainly my favourite fiction genre, although I do read a lot of non-fiction, in particular, true crime and military history.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
Would you mind terribly if I killed off one of the main characters?
- What are you working on now?
| Buy Link |
If you enjoyed the blog please leave a like and a comment. We would love it if you could share it on Twitter & Facebook. It really helps us to grow. Thanks so very much.