As the Crow Flies review- Damien Boyd *****


This is the first Damien Boyd novel I have read but it was very gripping. It introduces DI Nick Dixon who is asked to look into his friend’s death and then leads a fuller investigation when is looks to be suspicious. His friend, Jake Fayter, was a climber and he dies in a climbing accident. Nick is sceptical as he used to climb with Jake and knows how skilled and prepared he always was. Nick relieves the past as he tries to find out how Jake met his death and who was involved.

The author clearly has a great knowledge of climbing and this really comes across well, together with detailed description of climbs and places. This lends a real authenticity to the writing. As Nick pursues his inquiries he learns much more about his friend and unravels a complex web of lies with unexpected results.

Gripping, well written and well researched. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more.

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