Review: Heads or Tails (DI Nick Dixon #7) by Damien Boyd

Print Length: 370 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 14, 2017)

From A man has been mutilated and left to drown on the incoming tide, handcuffed in his van. With the murder bearing a striking resemblance to a string of sadistic killings carried out with surgical precision in 1990s gangland Manchester, it can mean only one thing: the killer is back.
Transferred to the Major Investigation Team, DI Nick Dixon is assigned a new partner and sent to Manchester. Meanwhile, the gruesome murders in Somerset continue.
Convinced of a connection with the unsolved gangland killings, and with the odds stacked against him, Dixon takes the ultimate gamble, determined to bring the killer to justice before it’s too late.
But is it the same killer? If so, why has he resurfaced now? And how many more must die?


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is the first novel in this series that I have had the pleasure of reading. And after finishing, I can tell you two things without a doubt:

1. This will not be the last story from this author that I read.
2. You do not need to have read any of the earlier stories in this series in order to enjoy this one. 

I enjoyed the way the author managed to seamlessly blend in murders from the past into things happening in the present. The dynamic between the main characters was also well done, the characters were complex and presented a strong (and realistic) image of how I perceive police officers to be. 

The plot moves along at a steady pace, with new details being revealed in seemingly every chapter. In fact, I was so completely engrossed by this story that I found it hard to put down. Instead, I found myself staying up long after the rest of my family had gone to bed just so I could see what was in store for DI Dixon and company. Nothing about this story seemed over-done or predictable, which is often hard to accomplish with these types of novels.

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a good thriller novel. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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