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Isobel Swan, a sixth form student, has been murdered. First, her ring finger is severed, then her throat is cut.

With the investigation going nowhere fast, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher into Isobel's boarding school.

But to find the killer, he must first confront his inner demons and lay to rest the ghosts lurking in his own past. If he can...

As Dixon digs deeper, the stakes have never been higher and a murder has never felt so personal.

Swansong is the fourth novel in Damien Boyd's highly addictive crime series.

©2015 Damien Boyd (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Stories just get better and better

Twisting and turning, following not only the evidence but his senses DI Nick Dixon is a fantastic character brought to life by the narrator. on to the next book!

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Just brilliant!

Great murder mystery with a very personal connect for our hero Nick Dixon, and again brilliantly voice acted by Napoleon Ryan.

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 27-11-2015

Well-written and narrated. Preposterous plot.

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.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-05-2016

Superb murder mystery!

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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  • Trish R.
  • 19-09-2016

Great read and listen..

This is about the death of a 17 year old girl at a boarding school, where Dixon goes undercover to find a killer, only to discover there’s been another murder soon after his arrival. Then someone tries to kill Dixon. A lot of killing going on again. And I’m surprised there’s not more cops killed since they don’t have guns, only the bad guys do. Every time he has to have back-up he calls for armed men. That seems kind of crazy to me. Someone’s firing at him and 6 young boys out in the woods and he can’t even fire back?

So, this is the 4th of the 5 Nick Dixon books I’ve read and in EVERY book Dixon’s poor dog, Monty, is always kept in Dixon’s car. Every time he goes to work Monty’s in the car. How cruel is that? I mean, he’s a cop, for Pete’s sake. He’s at work for really long periods of time, and he keeps the dog closed up in a car? That doesn’t make a bit of sense.

Anyway, this was another good read and it had an exciting ending, and a surprising one, too. I would have never guessed who the killer was.

As with all Mr. Boyd’s book there isn’t even a touch of romance BUT there is swearing and the F-bomb was used 17 times.

As to the narration: I’ve enjoyed all 4 of these books, mostly because of the narration I think. Napoleon Ryan is such a fantastic narrator. The men’s and women’s voices are all so perfect.

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  • 06-09-2015

Excellent

Damien Boyd again keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to solve the Crime before he does and Napoleon Ryan makes the characters come to life.

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  • MobileMinx
  • 06-05-2015

Past Replicates the Present in Residential Academi

Former attorney Detective Inspector Nick Dixon hasn't even unpacked from a much needed vacation before he's assigned to work undercover to find a young student's killer. Unprepared for its link to his painful past, he walks the line of finding answers without tainting the case with his personal conflict.

The Bridgewater precinct regulars coupled with Shard, the local DI in charge, walk the tightrope of separating facts from the abundance of fantasy not so easily distinguished by all parties involved.

DI Nixon, again ably assisted by Jane and Louise, dusts off his blazer and plays the student teacher part to catch a killer that got away with murdering his first love seventeen years ago.

In this fourth installment, we are able to watch DI Dixon grapple with unresolved pain and dangerous anger as he closes the net on his decades old prey.

Can he find the answer without losing himself!

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  • Debbie
  • 14-06-2020

The Past and Future Collide

Book four in the series finds DI Nick Dixon and his girlfriend DC Jane Winter returning from a holiday together, only to be called in to work as soon as they are home. With past ghosts haunting him, DI Dixon reports for duty to learn that a frighteningly similar murder to one from the past has been committed, and DI Lewis wants him on the case. With no choice but to tell Jane of his first love, Fran, who went missing seventeen years earlier, while they were at school together, Nick describes the events . . . down to the last detail: Fran’s severed ring finger. Now, it has happened again, with young Isobel Swan, who is missing the same finger. Has to be the same killer . . . and DI Dixon knows it. Hardly able to hold back his personal memories and feelings, he is sent to the Brunel School as a trainee teacher (under cover) to investigate. I really enjoy hearing the differences in life in England and the US, all about their tea drinking with “biscuits”, and the differences in their schools. The antics that teenagers get up to seem to be the same worldwide. 😉 I admire DI Dixon and DC Jane Winters, and increasingly like DI Lewis, who knows a good copper when he sees one. All of this series is top rate. Excellent listen and superb conclusion!

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  • L. Rampey
  • 12-06-2020

The best so far.

The story had me twisted right to the end. The narrator is brilliant. Now I’m off to listen to next story - binge-listening at it’s best.

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  • 11-10-2019

Great Series

There are nine books in the DI Nick Dixon series, all of which I’ve read as well as listened to on Audible. Every book is quite good but this one, Swansong, is my personal favorite.

DI Dixon goes undercover at a boarding school where his first and greatest love disappeared their final year of school. The grief and loss changed the course of his life and fans of this series can watch as he solves the mystery of her disappearance and brings closure to her family and himself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-09-2019

Multiple murders!

Brilliantly written and performed! Well developed characters, excellent storyline and a satisfactory ending!! Well done Damien Boyd and Napoleon Ryan!!!

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  • Maui girl
  • 10-06-2019

Love this series

Really enjoy the series and the narration. I enjoy listening to series as it is interesting to watch the characters evolve.
This being an English author I enjoy the accent and the British words for things. Also enjoy listening to a story from an English policeman’s point of view.

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  • Mogie
  • 26-03-2016

Dective series

Excellent-- great twisted tale-- well read too ---DI Dixon is an example to any police force!!

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  • Keithj
  • 21-03-2016

Magnificent and heart-wrenching

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.

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  • carolyn rhind
  • 01-10-2015

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This was a good story which was totally ruined by the narrator. The narration was so awful I couldn't listen to it; I had to read it instead

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  • Naomi C.
  • 15-09-2017

Great series

Very enjoyable, thanks for making it available to listen in Kindle Unlimited. This series has gotten me through many miles of walking. I love the characters and I especially like the boarding school setting of this one and the glimpse of Dixon's past.

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  • JonR
  • 15-04-2015

Good story shame about the narration

Would you try another book written by Damien Boyd or narrated by Napoleon Ryan?

My first Damien Boyd novel and I would certainly try another, but it would have to be a paperback or Kindle version if the audio narration was by Napoleon Ryan. Whilst general narration was fine, characterisations, particularly those of the male characters was dreadful. They all sounded like middle class characters from a 1950's B Movie, all of whom smoked 20 a day along with half a bottle of scotch, and were all totally one dimensional. The female characters were better, but mostly sounded the same, and as for Nixon possibly the deepest voice I have ever heard was used. All in all I was disappointed as the plotline sounded intriguing, the hardcopy reviews very positive and I was looking forward to listening to the book. Not sure if I can finish listening!

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  • Chrisx
  • 11-09-2020

Excellent gets better with each book .

A good balance between fact and fiction. Holds your interest and I needed to keep reading to find out what happened next.
Will recommend it to my crime fiction friends.
Very pleased to have found such an accomplished British writer.

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  • ursula w.
  • 14-12-2019

Swansong

Another excellent story!
well worth the read or listen It ! kept me guessing until the end.

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  • JJC
  • 23-06-2019

Dreadful narration

I listen to a lot of Audible titles (100+ in my library), so have some frame of reference. I enjoyed listening to the first Damien Boyd book I came across (Beyond The Point) and looked forward to this one without noticing a different narrator. It is awful. It sounds like a cheap TV advert read from an autocue by a voice synthesis robot - with odd cut in of some female voices. No feeling or proper articulation that good narrators bring to a book. Anyway, I managed a couple of chapters before giving up, which is a shame as I’d probably enjoy the story and have invested one of my expensive monthly credits in it... difficult to rate on a star basis as the story is probably worth 5 but the narration worth a flat zero.

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  • WillPower
  • 24-12-2018

Personal history for Dixon to deal with

Another good novel on DI Dixon. This one focuses on a case that is close to Dixon's past.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-11-2018

Excellent storyline

Another enjoyable novel, so far my favourite. A lot more depth and character development and better writing. It’s a thumbs up from me.

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