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A trainee jockey has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at the local stables. Deemed an accidental death, the case is closed. But when the jockey’s brother returns from active service, he sparks an armed siege, demanding the investigation be re-opened and the truth uncovered.Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, Detective InspectA trainee jockey has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at the local stables. Deemed an accidental death, the case is closed. But when the jockey’s brother returns from active service, he sparks an armed siege, demanding the investigation be re-opened and the truth uncovered.Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is dragged deep into a murky world of betting scams and murder, where people will do anything to keep their secrets. Even if that means silencing a DI who keeps asking the wrong questions about the wrong dead jockey...Kickback is the third novel in the highly acclaimed DI Nick Dixon Crime Series....

Title : Kickback
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ISBN : 9781477821053
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Kickback Reviews

  • Sharon Michael
    2019-01-28 15:24

    Well written and researched police procedural with a plot centered around British racing. As a lifetime horse person, I find very few books written with a background in the equine 'industries' that are accurate. Primarily police procedural the series seems to focus on deaths related to various sports with a likeable main character and an understated partnership/romance with a female officer that works well. I particularly appreciate the fact that there are the main characters are not taking up a third of the book with their alcohol, drug or relationship problems but are presented as sane, sensible detectives intent on doing their job. Particularly recommended for horse people ... absolutely no stupid errors!

  • Richard
    2019-02-19 18:08

    Another well paced and intriguing crime mystery from the pen of Damien Boyd. This is an accomplished thriller and police procedural set in the SW of England and focusing on DI Nick Dixon.Following the brutal death of a stable boy a chance meeting with his brother leads Dixon to revisit the incident. The detective is an all round clever dick and fearless heroic guy who literally puts his all into any case he investigates and often his body on the line.This account almost starts where book two left off with Dixon still recovering from the aftermath of that case. His relationship with his female colleague is out in the open and life seems good for them both.However this crime will bring new threats to the pair as this multilayered story plays out against the background of horseracing, betting scandals and possible drug trafficking.The thing I like about Boyd's writing is that it is fresh, action packed and entertaining. Here he is confident to place his mystery around a trainer's yard and the routine of going racing. Others might say this is the area of expertise of Dick Francis and other notable authors and shy away from a writing about the world of horseracing. While as a reader I am pleased with this effort and research as it brings another area of recreation and sporting interest to my attention.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-01-31 20:19

    DI Nick Dixon Book 3KickbackNoel Woodman has been kicked to death by a racing horse at the racing stables in which he worked. A terrible accident, or so everyone belives.It’s his bother Jon, who has had to take extreme measures for someone to listen to him and his belief that this was no accident.Its DI Nick Dixon then is heading up the investigation. He certainly likes to get stuck in and is a great character.This is the 3rd book I have read by this author, the 3rd in the series, I have really enjoyed this book found the story origional and interesting. The book certainly managed to keep my attention.

  • Elizabeth Ducie
    2019-02-12 15:11

    Book 3 in the DI Nick Dixon series and they just get better. This one centres around the racing world and the reader gets the impression that Damien Boyd does as much research in reality as Dixon does in the books. The level of detail is great, without being overwhelming. Another great outing for Nick, Jane and Monty

  • MISS C
    2019-01-27 17:16

    ExcellentThis is the second book I have read by this author, and again I could not put it down. Excellent read. I really love the way this author writes and the pace of the book.

  • Nicholas Masters
    2019-01-27 22:16

    Another great Nick Dixon Novel.To be honest, I learnt a bit about Horse Racing that I wasn't aware of. Unfortunately that has resulted in me spending most of the last two days doing some additional 'research' into the subject matter.I feel the characters probably were a little more convincing in this novel, although I would still have my normal complaint about the lack of a little more character substance.I can't take anything away from the crime aspect though, and I know a lot of people are happy to have more focus on the crime/mystery then the characters themselves.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-01-25 15:15

    Review: KICKBACK by Damian Boyd (DI NICK DIXON #3)Possibly the best yet in this quite engrossing series, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police is inadvertently drawn into a domestic hostage situation, and from that into the death of a young stable lad which had already been ruled accidental. As he peels away layers of deception, DI Dixon gets an education in horse racing, betting, and potential crimes associated with this activity. Once again, the final denouement surprises and enlightens Dixon and his crew--and will readers as well.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-21 22:16

    These books are quick reads and fast paced. DI Dixon manages to learn enough about horses, betting on races and other criminal activities to keep the action entertaining. This DI has nine lives it would seem. While recovering from the shoulder injury from the 2nd book, Dixon is called in to resolve armed hostage event leading to murder investigation at a horse farm.

  • Kerry Richardson
    2019-02-10 21:02

    Another excellent book in the DI Nick Dixon series. Once again well written and fast paced. Eagerly awaiting the next book which is due in the summer and after the three I've already read I know I will not be disappointed.

  • Lu Skrzypek
    2019-01-29 16:08

    Great bookVery suspenseful I have really been enjoying this series of books.you have no idea who does the crime until the end of the story.Very enjoy

  • Theweebarrell
    2019-01-20 17:20

    another great book by Damien Boyd,addictive storyline as usual and DI Dixon is brilliant in every book i have read had me hooked from the first page. I recommend this book

  • Dlmrose
    2019-02-09 17:18

    3.5

  • Andrew Shelton
    2019-02-10 21:10

    Beginning to like the series now, characters really developing nicely, next up book 4

  • Jane
    2019-01-28 16:15

    Another brilliant read from Damien Boyd. Set in the world of horse racing it wss very reminiscent of the great Dick Francis. Loved it.

  • The Cats Mother
    2019-02-14 17:18

    Third in the Nick Dixon series about a Detective Inspector solving murders in small-town Somerset.They are straightforward police procedurals without any real drama in the hero's personal life, (apart from his precious DVD collection getting shot up, that is) which makes a change, although he does regularly find himself in mortal danger, but is pretty good at getting out of it. This one is set a week after the end of the last book; Nick is recovering from being stabbed in the shoulder. Out to dinner with Jane and Roger the pathologist, he intervenes in an argument between a father and son, then is summoned in the middle of the night because the son is holding his family hostage, demanding that Nick investigate the death of his brother, apparently kicked to death by a horse in the stables where he was training to be a jockey. This leads the team into the world of horse-racing, dodgy betting and organised crime.Like the first book did with climbing, this had a lot of detail about betting and racing that was probably not necessary for the plot, but would appeal to those interested in the subject. Dixon is smart, a bit arrogant, and doesn't mind breaking the rules but is not an all-out maverick.I found there was a lot of extraneous detail about every cup of tea, pub lunch and car ride our heroes have, but virtually no physical descriptions of people or places. It's a minor quibble and doesn't spoil the book, but I still have no idea what Nick, Jane, Roger or DI Lewis look like. I end up picturing David Tennant but with a Somerset accent. Apart from that, it's a quick read with a satisfactory ending.

  • Margaret
    2019-02-10 16:57

    I don't know why I persisted with this series as long as I have. The hero is extremely annoying - he is rude and disrespectful to all his senior officers & he's having a relationship with a junior office all without any repercussions & takes his **** dog with him everywhere. He has diabetes yet he doesn't bother with eating breakfast or regular meal times and spends most of his downtime in the pub. We hear in tedious detail what he eats and drinks for every meal and his diet is almost as bad as Donald Trump's - and all that alcohol seems a bad plan for a diabetic.The female officers are there to make cups of tea & coffee and his girlfriend also gets to treat him as though he's a recalcitrant teenager.The plot? In between the microwaved chicken tikka and fish & chips there's some highly implausible family squabble triggered by an obviously unhinged squaddie which leads the noble DI to investigate shenanigans at a racing stable. There are rent-boys, Albanian gangsters, betting scams & shady law enforcement officers but I didn't believe any of it or care about any of the characters & it's all ludicrously pushed into the background by the endless cups of coffee!

  • Ms Kathryn Pizar
    2019-01-26 21:23

    Another corker from Damien BoydI'm really enjoying this crime series. Some others I've read are a bit 'samey', and seem to follow the same basic storyline throughout, but the plots in DI Dixon and co's investigations are really different in each book. It's all happening in Somerset, with a murdered stable boy, dodgy horse race betting, drug running Albanians, and bullet ridden television sets. DI Nixon still has the nasty DS Harry Unwin to contend with, who will no doubt get his comeuppance in due course. The system of backing losers in horse racing went right over my head, and hopefully Dixon won't end up on the slippery slope of online betting. Still if he wins a few bob, he could always renew his DVD collection! I feel sorry for poor old Monty though, being stuck in Dixon's Land Rover for hours on end and only having the odd 10 minute walk during the day. When he does get a decent walk it's sometimes at 4.30 in the morning. He's an excellent guard dog though. There's a lot of eye rolling as well.....

  • Elizabeth Wilson Higgins
    2019-01-21 19:11

    Even betterI finished book 2 and left a review to say I looking forward to next book. Wee just finished book 3 at 6am and worth the loss of sleep. This case starts only a few days after the golf course case as in reality a policeman's work is never done. More twists and turns in this case that involved the racehorse fraternity with underlying case investigations. No I did not solve this case before Nick Dixon and really enjoyed that final twist. Damien Boyd is improving with every book. I look forward to books 4 and 5 which l have on my amazon fire but won't be starting them now as my hubby not impressed l am reading all night. Keep up the good work Mr. Boyd

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-01-31 16:03

    DI Nick Dixon Book 3KickbackNoel Woodman has been kicked to death by a racing horse at the racing stables in which he worked. A terrible accident, or so everyone belives.It’s his bother Jon, who has had to take extreme measures for someone to listen to him and his belief that this was no accident.Its DI Nick Dixon then is heading up the investigation. He certainly likes to get stuck in and is a great character.This is the 3rd book I have read by this author, the 3rd in the series, I have really enjoyed this book found the story origional and interesting. The book certainly managed to keep my attention.

  • Kim
    2019-02-07 20:21

    Setting: West Country, UK, present day. Another great crime read featuring D.I. Nick Dixon, although not so much my cup of tea as this one is set around the world of horse racing (not my favourite sport, to be honest). A groom dies at a racing stables in what at first seems to be an accident - but after the unconventional actions of the groom's brother draws Nick Dixon's attention to the case, he discovers that all is not as it first seems. Still a 4 star read for me, despite the horse racing setting - 8/10.

  • Qing
    2019-02-17 22:12

    3.5 starsThe murders have been quite interesting and I keep coming back to see what Dixon gets into next (this one also doesn't disappoint). The pacing of the investigation was great - I found it to be a nice balance between the expectedly slow procedural bits and the snowballing action.Definitely getting settled in to Boyd's writing style and finding that I'm quite enjoying it. The banter between Jane and Nick is really cute.

  • S.M.Eves
    2019-01-23 20:05

    Betraya!.Yet another good read. The plot was good, I learned a lot about horse racing but I didn't learn much about DI Nick Dixon's colleagues' characteristics. I did not detect the murdress until I read it, my detection power must be bad. I have got book four already and look forward to reading it immensely. Carry on Damien Boyd, you are good at your story telling. I am your fan.

  • Julie
    2019-02-01 14:09

    When a groom is found dead in a horse stall, it is thought he was kicked to death. His brother doesn't think that and takes people hostage asking for DI Dixon to investigate. Can they find out the truth before the brother runs out of patience?Well-written and interesting read. Good police procedural thriller.

  • Louise Pass
    2019-02-07 14:08

    Another excellent mysteryAnd we are off to the races, in a story that covers a lot of ground clearly, explaining several racing scams, and solving several murders in the process. Nick Dixon deals with it all calmly, rationally and with the support of his team.

  • Lin
    2019-02-09 19:13

    Interesting series of booksEnjoyed reading This novel, the third in the series. Horse racing and gambling are out of my knowledge range so it was an interesting read in terms of information. Like his other books the story line has a good pace and held my interest.

  • julie bruce
    2019-02-20 19:22

    FantasticAnother fantastic read from this author. The book is difficult to put down, fast paced and enthralling. Each book can stand on it's own merit but I am enjoying the whole series in order.

  • Carole
    2019-01-25 22:12

    Read in orderMake sure you read this series in order. I discovered a brief flash back to a previous novel, which would be confusing had you not read previous books. I am enjoying each tale. I look forward to the next volume.

  • andy firkins
    2019-01-29 20:25

    They just get betterThe last book had a hood ending but the ending to this one was the best so far never though that it would end like that the author puts the best twists in these books can wait to start the next one

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-20 15:04

    Best one yet (and they are all good)Great reading, highly recommended. Crime genre, but good suspense and great story generally!Well worth reading this series. Only took me 4 or 5 days to finish this one....Thanks Damien. Love your work!!

  • Gareth Evans
    2019-02-12 22:23

    A distinctly old-fashioned police procedural. A well-developed plot and an author that doesn't feel he has to tell the reader the last detail of his protagonists drinking an listening habits leads to a speedy, easy and quite engrossing read. Not at all deep, but no pretensions to be.