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.
What reviewers have said:
“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.
“Meet Sam Dyke, a shoot from the hip, slightly cynical, less than happy with how life has turned out private eye. A turned down job turns into a personal quest to do right by his ex-wife even if it is eighteen years too late. The plot escalates quickly and keeps going until the mystery solved with some death defying quick thinking from Dyke. The hook is baited for the second book nicely but not in such a way that you feel like you got thrown off the literary cliff wondering what happened.”
“This great read harkens back to the days of the straightforward in your face detective genre. The author does not try to be “cutsey” or politically correct. He just tells a great story with an extremely proficient hero, Sam Dyke. I usually can figure these types of tales out by the middle of the book, but not this one. It will hook you early with the deviously crafted characters. An example of this fine writer’s skill is an attempted murder by a forced car accident. When I was reading this heart stopping passage, I found myself literally holding my breath.
If you enjoy a good mystery with many surprises along the way, you’ll love this book.”
About the Author
Keith Dixon has worked in higher education, as an advertising copywriter and as a business psychologist, and in most of these careers he was able to incorporate creative writing of one kind or another. About ten years ago he realised that he wanted to spend more time writing and less time earning a living, and since then he’s published three Sam Dyke private eye novels and a work of contemporary fiction called Actress. He’s currently working on another contemporary novel and there’s a further Sam Dyke book in the planning stage. He’s certainly spending more time writing, but he’s yet to crack the ‘earning a living’ part.