As the Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series)

By Damien Boyd

Rock climbers can’t come up with the money for to make careless blunders. yet Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former mountain climbing accomplice, Jake Fayter, died doing simply that. Or so it kind of feels. Dixon suspects foul play, yet his in basic terms leads are unreliable bills of whatever ordinary taking place in Cheddar Gorge seconds ahead of Jake fell.

The extra Dixon learns approximately Jake’s lifestyles, the extra he realises that Jake hadn’t been fairly the fellow he remembered...and lots of people can have sought after him useless. as soon as Dixon will get too just about the reality, these humans will emerge from the shadows and kill to guard their secrets.

As the physique count number rises, Dixon bends the foundations to verge of collapse to trap out a killer and resolve a conspiracy of silence that might rock the sleepy city of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.

As the Crow Flies is the electrifying first novel within the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.

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Bearing up. You keep in mind Maureen? ’ Maureen Fayter seemed within the hallway. She instantly threw her fingers round Dixon and burst into tears. Dixon may possibly think her physique heaving as she sobbed. She attempted to talk yet no phrases could come. Dixon placed his hands round her and checked out John Fayter, who shrugged. Dixon remembered the stiff top lip that includes a existence within the Royal Marines and inspiration that this was once most likely the 1st time that Maureen Fayter were capable of allow her grief express. ‘How a few cup of tea? ’ John Fayter moved in the direction of the kitchen yet Maureen waved him away and went via to the again of the bungalow. Dixon might nonetheless pay attention her sobbing as he and John Fayter moved into the sitting room. ‘It’s great to determine you back, John, I’m merely sorry that it’s in those situations. ’ ‘It’s anything we constantly feared may perhaps occur yet by no means rather idea it'll, if that makes any experience? ’ ‘It does. ’ Dixon suggestion that John Fayter was once approximately to burst into tears. His eyes welled up and his lip trembled whilst he spoke. ‘They’re going to need to determine him from DNA, it sounds as if. He fell over 400 toes so there’s now not much left of him... I haven’t advised Maureen…’ His voice tailed off. Dixon took the initiative. ‘Has the Coroner been educated? ’ ‘Yes. I’ve spoken to the Coroner’s Officer and a laptop Cole from Wells rang to claim that he’s been requested to enquire. He informed me in regards to the id. ’ ‘Is that Jake’s vehicle outdoors, the Subaru? ’ ‘Yes, that’s Jake’s. I didn’t be aware of what else to do with it so I instructed them to deliver it the following. at the least it’s off street. The tax has expired. foolish arse. ’ ‘Do we all know what occurred but? ’ ‘Not relatively. He fell from close to the pinnacle of excessive Rock so he needs to been engaged on the direct end to Crow. That used to be his puppy venture. workstation Cole acknowledged that there have been a few witnesses at the flooring. travelers. They’d been taking images instantly sooner than he fell. He was once on his personal, after all. ’ ‘That skill he should have abseiled in and been mountain climbing out on a shunt? ’ ‘That’s correct. They’ve recovered his hiking apparatus, that's intact. notebook Cole’s conception is that the rope got here undone. ’ Maureen arrived with the tea on a tray. Cups and saucers and cake. ‘You rather didn’t have to visit all that hassle on my account, Maureen. ’ ‘It’s no hassle, quite. ’ She poured the tea. ‘John has instructed you they believe it used to be an twist of fate? ’ ‘I acknowledged that computer Cole thinks Jake’s rope got here undone. I suggest, for Christ’s sake, Nick, what percentage occasions have you identified that occur? ’ Dixon concept for a second. ‘It’s now not a mistake a climber makes two times. ’ ‘No, it isn’t. And it’s now not a mistake Jake could make…would have made. ’ John glanced throughout to Maureen who pretended to not have spotted. ‘We constantly used to exploit a reef knot with a part hitch both sides. The extra you pull on it, the tighter it will get. If he’d abseiled over excessive Rock then there's no approach that knot may possibly or must have come undone. ’ ‘Exactly,’ stated John. ‘Look, we don’t be aware of what occurred, evidently, yet we don’t wish it simply written off as an twist of fate with out right research.

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