The discovery of a severed head in a golf course bunker triggers a frantic race to find a serial killer that brings the town of Burnham-on-Sea to a standstill.
A connection is made with a series of unsolved murders harking back to the 1970s, and Detective Inspector Nick Dixon finds himself caught in a race against time that takes him the length and breadth of the country.
The brutal killing of an elderly man raises the stakes and, as he closes in, Dixon begins to question whether he is chasing one serial killer or two.
Head in the Sand is the second novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series.
©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The story is so-so, engaging in some ways but oh so irritating in others, D.I. Nick Dixon is a diabetic, who, it seems, is so forgetful that he has 'diabetic episodes' whilst behind the wheel of his land rover and thinks nothing of hitting parked cars and driving off without reporting it (because he'd lose his job if it were discovered). He also seems to be very lucky in that his boss does not mind him carrying on an affair with a colleague which is not particularly realistic in the British Police Force.
Nick Dixon also appears to be somewhat of a genius in the detecting game, whilst all of his colleagues, his girlfriend included, appear to be simpletons. Jane, his D.C. girlfriend, comes across as rather dense as every time Nick raises a point she either repeats it or asks, what is that, what does that mean or, how did you think of that, often doing both.
The narration is an interesting mix of soothing voice, mispronunciation and female characters that all sound like the same simpering idiot. I have a real problem with this one, Mr Ryan has a good range of male voices, he is pleasant to listen to but his female voices all sound the sound.
In summation, I shall not be bothering with books 3 and 4, I have already read book 1 on my kindle and enjoyed it reasonably well but I'd hesitate to recommend this book, it does have an interesting story line but fails somewhat in the overall presentation and ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if you've missed something.
This book has the potential to be a page turner (figure of speech) but it's just dull.
There are a whole world of unnecessary details ... Explaining how you sign in to a home and that you wrote you registration really doesn't move the plot along.
And the performer/reader has a fairly flat voice - it feels like he's trying to make it sexy and husky but really it seems to lack emotion and again is just dull.
I wouldn't recommend any of this authors books!
Enjoyed this relatively quick "listen". Story was good and kept attention but did struggle with the narration, which was quite wooden.
Husband to a Bookworm
Childlike prose was extremely irritating. Awful narration for female parts ... so bad it was difficult to differentiate which female was speaking at any one time. Lots of repeated boring details as to what characters were wearing (before they spoke) and which make of car etc. I spent much of my time mentally rewriting each sentence in an effort to improve it!
My reaction to the ending was "thank goodness it has ended" as I found the whole book unbelievably poor in all senses of the word.
I found the plot interesting and believable but totally spoilt by poor quality writing and narration.
I have over 700 books by audible on my IPod ... I was disappointed this book was a total waste of a much valued credit!
This is the second novel in the DI Nixon series. I found it easier to follow than the first. Quite possibly because the characters get more interesting and better the longer that you live with them and also this story was far more interesting in itself.
The narrator wasn't too bad, but I think that he struggles with doing various characters. Not enough to deter from the story, but on a few occasions I had to concentrate more particularly to determine who was speaking.
Definitely worth persevering with this series. Thus far the entire series is part of the Kindle Unlimited package, including audible narration.
this is the 2nd book in the series ive read its a good listen.i also like the narrator.would recommend but these books have to be listened to in order altho all the books have a seperate story.
"Excellent crime story"
Head in the Sand is Book 2 in the 5 novel Detective Inspector Nick Dixon series. The story is an interesting one of multiple decapitated heads of people found in golf course sand traps with the bodies found elsewhere. The problem is finding a linkage among the victims beyond that all worked in the medical field.
Napoleon Ryan's narration takes some time to become accustomed to. It's not because he is British (I've lived in the UK and am very accustomed to the various British accents). Ryan does different voices well, but he does tend to over perform a bit.
I look forward to listening to the final three books in this series.
"Another great listen "
Another great listen and good book by Damien Boyd. He keeps series light but intriguing and had enough twists to keep you from solving it too quickly. Looking forward to next book in series.
"Sometimes the Past Catches Up!"
DI Dickson is at it again!
Following the trail of four beheadings, he steadfastly inspects the clues, asserts his authority and solves the question of who and why. Accompanied by a squad of helpers, the investigation is fast and thorough-bringing a misguided killer to justice. The human detritus of a single mistake has shock wave impact on the lives of those involved over three decades.
Listen as DI Dickson and his co-worker lover constable Jane, put the pieces together while exposing the shambles of a torn apart life.
"Over the top, bad narration."
I am returning this book. The narrator is bad. The main character (Dixon) talks in a bedroom voice so low it is sometimes hard to hear. The women characters are all breathy, like Marilyn Monroe. The other males are over the top caricatures.
The bad narration makes a slow, story even worse. I don't care to listen to see what happens.
"A really good police prodedural"
Set in England this novel has all the elements of a ripping (!) good tale. It's not difficult to get around the British-isms and the narrator is first rate.
"Bland and arrogant"
If you enjoy man-splaining, and female cops asking "what now" through the book as if they don't have any knowledge. Zero humor nor charm.
Narrator was breath-y, think Christian Bale's Batman or David Caruso's CSI Miami, in all of the MCs dialogue. Many inappropriate awkard dramatic pauses, cue Caruso's dramatic putting on dark sunglasses or Capt Kirk
I do not recommend
"Great book and awesome narration.."
So, title: Head in the Sand. In actuality it’s not just the title there really is a-head-in-the-sand, on the 12th hole of the golf course. Ewww. Nice way to start a story. If that doesn’t catch your attention nothing will. Then there was another headless body found and the hunt was really on. And the way they went through list after list until they narrowed things down and made the arrest, only to find out the guy was innocent. Then having to start over again.
I love Dixon and his crew, and I really like the relationship he has with Jane. There’s nothing romantic about it but you can still feel the closeness they share. No sex! Not even a simple kiss. Bummer.
I liked this book much better than the first one. But the first one was all about rock-climbing and I didn’t understand half of what was said about that.
There was swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 30 times.
As to the Narrator: Napoleon Ryan is just fantastic. His men sound so different and the women sound so gentle and sweet, and like a woman! One reviewer said this, “You would swear multiple people were reading,” and I couldn’t agree more. His many voices are just amazing.
"And the murderer is..."
I really liked the narrator. Good plot! It kept me guessing for most of the story.
"Head in the Sand"
I love the progressive character development from story to story. They are enjoyable vignettes in Nick's life.
This story was incredibly heartbreaking to me as a mom. And I had the hardest time feeling bad for the victims in this.
A very well written story, with an intriguing mystery, and a heart wrenching plot.
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