A Burnham-On-Sea author has this week launched his eighth crime thriller during a signing session in the town.
Damien Boyd’s new novel, called Dead Lock, is an intriguing investigation tale about abduction and murder, set in Burnham-On-Sea.
The book, which is the latest in the DI Nick Dixon Crime series, goes on sale this week and Damien held a signing session at the town’s GW Hurleys book shop on Saturday.
“The signing session went so well that I’d sold out of the stock within 45 minutes,” he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
He will also be at Burnham Library on 30 May at 7pm for a ‘Meet the Author’ session, where he will be talking about his books and doing a Q&A.
The book focusses on a tale in the heart of Burnham-On-Sea, where a ten-year old girl, Alesha Daniels, is reported missing to Avon and Somerset Police. Inspector Dixon’s colleagues begin the investigation trying to get evidence from Alesha’s parents.
Her father seems devastated by the abduction of his daughter, but her mother, trapped in a world of drugs, is past caring and subsequently found unconscious in her home.
Dixon and his team investigate further into the case, and soon discover the anklet of the little girl in a yard, but it seems to be the only trace they have of her.
At odds with his superiors, Inspector Dixon is convinced the child abductions are anything but random, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead.
Dixon and his team face a new hypothesis, trying to find correlations between the kidnappings but are they going to find out who is behind the disappearances.
Author Damien Boyd is a bestselling crime novelist whose series featuring DI Nick Dixon has sold several million copies worldwide and are translated into many different languages.
Damien produces stories based on his own experience from 25 years in the legal profession, including a spell at the Crown Prosecution Service.
Damien says Burnham is where he feels most at home and is the reason why he set the series in the town. His grandfather was the manager of the NatWest in Redfield, Bristol, but the family left Bristol during the bombing in the Second World War and moved to Burnham.
Damien spent the first 32 years of his life in Burnham-On-Sea and went to St Dunstan’s School in the town.
He worked as a lawyer for 25 years and decided to leave his career to realize his biggest dream: writing full time. Later, Damien moved to Devon with his wife, Shelley, and his dogs.