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This is a typical Damien Boyd story with a tight, fast-moving plot that twists and turns constantly, throwing you into confusion when things look clear. Swansong is much more emotionally intense than the previous books and my heart was in my mouth as the climax approached. I could not put it down until it was all over.
Napoleon Ryan's narration is, as always, excellent. He manages to give each character a distinctive voice without ever coming close to parody or repetition.
This is a must have for Boyd enthusiasts but should please anyone who enjoys crime fiction.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It's quite a solid mystery, but readers cannot look back and see the clues that might have led them to anticipate the identity of the murderer. Nick Dixon is a believable character as is his girlfriend, Constable Jane Winter. Although I haven't read the previous three in this series, this one seems self-contained. Having said that, I found the plot to be unbelievable, both as to the behavior of the killer as well as those people encountered by Nick and Jane in the course of the story. Stories about crazed serial killers are not my favorite type of mystery. My one complaint about the narration is that Nick Dixon sounds perpetually blasé, even when he is supposed to be excited.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
With Swansong the promise of the DI Nick Dixon series has been fully realized. This is an outstanding multiple murder mystery. Nick Dixon goes undercover as a teacher trainee to solve a series of murders that began with his girlfriend at age 16. Recommended!
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