The Hard Swim

The Hard Swim

by Keith Dixon
     
 

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FEBRUARY 1942: The Struma, a broken-down steamer, explodes and sinks in the Black Sea, drowning 768 Rumanian Jews fleeing the Nazis and heading for Palestine.

JUNE 1944: Thirty-one SAS soldiers are captured behind enemy lines and are forced to dig their own graves before being shot and buried in a forest in the heart of France.

SEVENTY YEARS LATER: A

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FEBRUARY 1942: The Struma, a broken-down steamer, explodes and sinks in the Black Sea, drowning 768 Rumanian Jews fleeing the Nazis and heading for Palestine.

JUNE 1944: Thirty-one SAS soldiers are captured behind enemy lines and are forced to dig their own graves before being shot and buried in a forest in the heart of France.

SEVENTY YEARS LATER: A young woman is attacked in the grounds of Edinburgh Zoo - the attacker seeking the document that might link these two wartime events.

Private Investigator Sam Dyke rescues the woman, Chantal Bressette, and embarks on a quest to find out why the document she carries is being sought by a high-ranking Government official and his team of ex-Army thugs. They follow a series of clues that lead them eventually to an isolated village in central France, tracked by the thugs and government minister Gideon Blake, who becomes obsessed with uncovering what the document reveals because he believes it implicates his father - and thus himself and his family - in an obscene war-crime.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - J Keyser
Dyke is a classic two-fisted hero on the job, but his long and valued relationship with his girlfriend, Laura, is disintegrating from strains imposed by his current case, which, ironically, she instigated.
... The book's arch villain, the hyper-ambitious and unprincipled politician Gideon Blake, is so odious that even his chief henchman, Steele, comes to despise him. Still, his motivations are entirely consistent with his sense of British upper-class entitlement and profound self-absorption.
Amazon.com - Don Kidwell
I liked this book for the WW2 historical reference to the French Resistance and the sinking of the ship Struma, the vivid descriptions of Britain and France, as well as the light romance developing between the two main leads ... Keith Dixon writes well and am glad I have another of his books already downloaded and waiting to be read!
Amazon.com - Edward Ring
The ending is particularly impressive as the bucolic atmosphere of a small sleepy town in the west of France is well-evoked. But the lurking menace which is soon to strike made me think of something out of Tolkien - a happy, sun-lit shire with evil forces lurking in the dark forests around its bright edges.

A HARD SWIM certainly kept my interest and worked well enough to make me read more crime fiction!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482068962
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/24/2013
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Meet the Author

A few years ago Keith Dixon realised that what he wanted to do was give up work and write fiction full time.

So since then he's written four novels featuring private eye Sam Dyke and published a non-crime book, Actress. He's also given up work.

The fourth Sam Dyke Investigation, The Bleak, was published in May, 2014.

He's currently sharing his time between the UK and France.

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