By Damien Boyd

Rock climbers can’t have enough money to make careless errors. yet Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former hiking associate, Jake Fayter, died doing simply that. Or so it sort of feels. Dixon suspects foul play, yet his in simple terms leads are unreliable money owed of whatever atypical taking place in Cheddar Gorge seconds earlier than Jake fell.

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

As the physique count number rises, Dixon bends the principles to brink to entice 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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That’s correct, and it's because it used to be ignored first time round. Does that is sensible to every body? ’ there has been a common nodding of heads. ‘Jane, what i want you to do is glance back in any respect the witness statements we’ve bought in each one housebreaking and payment to determine if reference is made to while the dying detect used to be positioned on-line. I’m afraid it might suggest taking additional witness statements from the funeral administrators. are you able to get onto that, please? ’ ‘Yes, Sir. ’ ‘So, what we do is position a pretend loss of life realize on-line and stay up for them? ’ ‘That was once my first proposal yet it’s no longer relatively that straightforward, Steve. ’ ‘It by no means is. ’ Dixon overlooked him. ‘I imagine this gang is just too clever to fall for that. I definitely wouldn’t. at least, I’d consult with the Land Registry web site to determine that the deceased is the registered owner of the valuables. ’ ‘Registered owner? ’ ‘Owner, you twat, Dave. ’ ‘Thank you for that, Steve. ’ Dixon endured. ‘This implies that we’re going to wish to exploit a real demise detect the place the deceased was once the landlord of the valuables. Steve, are you able to liaise with funeral administrators in, say, Bridgwater and Wells? We’re searching for a dying the place the valuables has been left unoccupied. preferably, one the place the executors are neighborhood solicitors and there’s no direct relations concerned. okay? Ask that they notify us instantly. ’ ‘I’ll get onto that straightaway. ’ ‘Hopefully, we’ll have time to establish surveillance contained in the estate and round ahead of the dying observe is put on-line. Assuming all is going to devise, we should always have a trip from the group inside of days. ’ ‘Are you providing to attend contained in the estate? ’ ‘I don’t imagine so, Dave. it may be an extended wait. I recommend we glance for a pleasant neighbour who may well allow us to take a seat in an upstairs room overlooking the valuables. we will have a surveillance van within sight and even perhaps the helicopter on standby? ’ Dixon regarded in the direction of DCI Lewis who nodded in contract. ‘I’d recommend having an armed reaction unit on standby simply in case. ’ ‘Thank you, Sir. We’ll definitely take you up on that. the other questions? ’ ‘Have you considered checking with the Land Registry, Sir, to work out in the event that they can let you know who has been looking out opposed to the 11 homes burgled to this point? ’ requested Jane. ‘I checked out that. I did ask however the Land Registry inform me that they can’t aid us on that one, at the least no longer formally. ’ ‘Can’t or won’t? ’ ‘A little bit of either most likely yet I’m no longer too inquisitive about that. I’d anticipate this lot to be too savvy to go away that kind of footprint. They’re most likely utilizing web-based electronic mail manage through a proxy server and in all likelihood a stolen bank card at any time when to pay the Land Registry rate. ’ ‘Good aspect, Sir. ’ Dave Harding leaned throughout to Steve Gorman. ‘What the hell is a proxy server? ’ Dixon overlooked it. ‘Ok, Dave, are you able to support Jane with the statements from the funeral administrators, please? back, what we’re trying to find is the date whilst the attention used to be despatched to the newspapers for book. it might probably additionally suggest taking statements from the editors or someone on the newspaper to verify whilst the awareness was once truly put on-line.

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