In the early hours of Christmas Eve, the wife of parliamentary candidate Tom Perry is brutally murdered in an apparent burglary gone wrong.
With the by-election campaign about to start in earnest, and the festive season in full swing, torrential rain brings with it flood warnings on the Somerset Levels.
Suspended on full pay and transferred to the cold case unit, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is languishing on the sidelines as the investigation into Elizabeth Perry’s murder unravels and the floodwaters rise.
Returning to duty, Dixon is convinced that the answer lies hidden in Tom Perry’s political life, but why was Elizabeth the target and not her husband? The more Dixon uncovers, the further he is from finding the truth.…
Dead Level is the fifth novel in Damien Boyd’s addictive DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.
About the Author
Damien Boyd is a solicitor by training and draws on his extensive experience of criminal law, along with a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, to write fast-paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon.
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I really enjoyed this. It is a British mystery which is my favorite type of book. I did not realize this was a series when I received the book free from NetGalley for a positive review. Although I wished I had read the first books before I read this one, I had no problem reading it as a stand alone novel. The plot was well written, the characters came alive - even the dog. Now I need to find the other books in this series and read them. I am sure I will enjoy them also.
As a solicitor with considerable experience in criminal law, Damien Boyd has the knowledge and understanding necessary to create police procedurals that are authentic as well as entertaining. Solving a murder is always a team effort, and uncovering enough evidence is extremely difficult. Dead Level starts with a murder made to look like a burglary gone wrong, with evidence planted in order to direct the police. The victim is the wife of an up and coming young politician. When forensics botches the analysis, the main suspect is released. After his body is found, DI Nick Dixon is put on the case. The first team forgot that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. The reevaluation of the evidence indicates the case is far more complex than initially thought. Finding the "triggerman" isn't enough. Someone ordered the death of Tom Perry's wife, and Dixon and his group have to find out who. Politics creates enemies but who would benefit from Elizabeth's death? Once those responsible were revealed, it was easy to see their motivation, but the culprits were not ones you could immediately point to. Dixon and his team are systematic, and the ways they seek evidence are fascinating. Boyd also uses the novel to bring up an important issue. Insulin dependent diabetics are rarely told that there are options besides synthetic human insulin. Not everyone responds well to the synthetic insulin and the side effects can be debilitating and possibly deadly. Drug companies push the synthetic because it costs more and is cheaper to produce than animal insulin. With the large number of diabetics, insulin sales account for billions in revenue. Dead Level is an extremely well planned novel. The extensive detail adds to the engrossing authenticity. I highly recommend Damien Boyd's Dead Level to anyone looking for a quality British police procedural. 5/5 Dead Level is available for preorder and will be released March 15, 2016 I received a copy of Dead Level from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom
Dead Level is the fifth novel in Damien Boyd’s addictive DI Nick Dixon Crime Series. This one works fine as a stand-alone, although there are a couple of references to events in earlier books. DI Dixon has been on suspended status, relegated to looking at cold cases, while the higher-ups decide what to do with him. Nick is a bit of cowboy, honest to a fault, unless it gets in his way to solving a crime. But he does have a line he will not cross. The wife of Tom Perry, a candidate in the parliamentary elections, is found brutally stabbed to death. That she was also pregnant is not well known. Evidence points to the Albanian Mafia ... a group that Nick has had to deal with before. And because of that link, Nick's suspension is lifted so that he may lead the investigation. But is this a false clue? Could her husband's political stance be the reason his wife was slaughtered? Why his wife ... and not him? It's up to Nick and his team to connect the dots and unravel all the lies and deceit. A lot of action takes places throughout this book. Several bodies. A flood that wipes out almost all evidence. A suspect killed. Nick is a great character .. I really like him. He has a slightly off-kilter sense of humor ..which I love. His live-in girlfriend, Jane, is also a DC in his unit. The reader gets a glimpse of their private life ... which is what I think most relationships are like. They eat, they watch TV, they banter, they discuss work. They text each other through the busy work days. Nick's team are very well trained, with various strengths and weaknesses. There is one member of the team that has caused a lot of problems (in earlier book) and Nick has him removed from this case. Finding him later, a victim of suicide, leaves Nick feeling much guilt, especially as he learns something he never knew. This was a much enjoyable read for me. I have added all the previous books in this series to my Wish List and will be watching for future books that feature DI Nick Dixon. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.