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Altered Life (Sam Dyke Investigations Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Keith Dixon

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Making a killing in business is one thing - doing it for real is another.

Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-blooded murderer who seems to know what his every step will be.

To solve the case Sam must negotiate with his ex-wife, cement a relationship with a new love, unravel an office-based financial fraud and fight off an arrogant murderer armed only with a pen-knife. Altered Life is fast-paced, bitterly comic and introduces a tough new English private eye who knows what he wants and, usually, how to get it.


"Right out of the gate, this is an amazing novel for first-time author, Keith Dixon." - Ron Peters, POD People.

"If you like private eye stories, you owe it to yourself to check out Keith Dixon's Altered Life. I had a hard time putting it down and I bet you will too. With this book you'll be in on the ground floor of what is sure to be a successful series of 'Sam Dyke' mysteries." - Dan Marvin, The LL Book Review.

Biographie de l'auteur

Keith Dixon has written four books in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and a fifth book, Actress, which has nothing to do with crime. Another Sam Dyke book is in the works.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 430 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 312 pages
  • Editeur : Semiologic Ltd; Édition : 5 (15 mars 2006)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00361ENWG
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Keith Dixon has worked in education and business but has always managed to include some element of creative writing in what he does.

Ten years ago he had a revelation and realised that what he actually wanted to spend time doing was writing fiction. He had written seven novels in two years at the age of twenty, all of which were later lost in a cellar flood (the joys of paper back-up), and had won a playwriting competition with a play on the life of Isaac Newton.

But he realised that having spent many years reading and teaching 'proper' literature, he spent most of his time absorbed in American crime fiction. And it seemed to him as good as most of the contemporary, non-crime literature that he had been reading. So he decided to transplant the 'feel' of the American noir novel into a British environment to see what it looked like. It looked good.

So in those ten years he's written three novels featuring private eye Sam Dyke and is shortly to publish his fourth - non-crime - book, Actress.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 nicely written but... 22 mars 2013
Par K.Rose - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I began reading this book, was impressed by the quality of the prose and cleanliness of the copy, so I thought I was in for a good read. Unfortunately, however, the book failed to live up to its early promise. Although there were some lovely metaphors, well-written prose alone does not make a good book. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, it just doesn't quite hang together and it lacks the sparkle that makes a book shine.

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. Had there been some meaningful insight in the writing it would have made up for the lack of highs and lows in the plot, but there wasn't anything to make this a memorable read.

On the positive side, the author writes beautifully, he just needs a better story to apply his skills to.

3 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Altered Life -- exceptionally well written tale 14 janvier 2008
Par Mr. J. M. Haines - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The first thing that hits you when you read the opening lines of Altered Life, is the fact that it is in the First Person. This of course is the standard format for the genre; ie, Crime / Detective / PI stories; but it has rarely been accomplished well since the days of the famed Raymond Chandler; well that is not the case here I am delighted to say, UK writer Keith manages to put First Person back up where it belongs, on top of the pile, due to his great forte for the style as shown here.

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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good first effort 25 mai 2013
Par Paul Schleifer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I think of hard-boiled detective fiction, I don't think of British writers. When I think of British detective fiction, I don't think of the hard-boiled kind. So it was a surprise to see a British hard-boiled detective novel. But it was a good surprise.
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Altered Life by Keith Dixon - I couldn't put it down and I want to read more of Sam Dyke! 30 octobre 2008
Par Belinda D'Alessandro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Keith Dixon has taken the classic American cop-turned-private eye mystery story with all its American-style action but given Sam Dyke a British intricacy by combining the wit, intelligence and complexity of the likes of Colin Dexter's "upper-crust" Morse with the working class background and the reining in of the "madness" with method of Morse's partner, Lewis.

It has twists and turns, with the clues leading you to think in one direction but actually taking a surprising turn down a different path. You think you might get the traditional American ending where the detective solves the mystery, resolves the issues with his old flame and gets the new girl... But does he really?

Dixon leaves you with a twist in the tail, wondering whether there's not more to the mystery than first meets the eye and, thinking that there is more to be added to them, the mystery and Dyke, leaving you wanting more of both.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Mix of Good and Not So Good 11 avril 2014
Par RMoore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This author is a good writer in that he crafts sentences and paragraphs with clarity and colorful descriptive phrases. The story as a whole, though, suffered a bit from what they call the "sagging middle." The hero spends chapter after chapter going around interviewing people without making appreciable progress.

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.
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