The Corpse Role by Keith Nixon – Review

9 05 2015

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Keith Nixon is a writer’s writer. Reading his work is an absolute joy and always a lesson in how to take your writing to another level. The Corpse role is a grand addition to Nixon’s increasingly impressive, cross-genre back catalogue.

Tense, intriguing and pacey as a starved greyhound, Nixon’s latest offering, billed as a police-procedural, but really just a very, very good crime-thriller from my POV, is a showcase for the experience Nixon has gained from writing tirelessly and being a genre-hoor.

The narrative changes and time-shifts are lovely, skilful and effective, never gratuities or for effect, they propel the story. This is something only seasoned, passionate writers like Nixon accomplish.

Throughout the novel the reader is given very few clues about the narrator in the past, adding to the pull of the story and veiling the person’s identity throughout. Having said that, Nixon is not a ‘pull it out the rabbit hat’ guy. The clues are all there. Upon the reveal a second reading is demanded. This is true of very few stories, and comparable to The Sixth Sense in that regard, only much more intelligent and engaging.

Wonderful.

Keith writes crime and historical fiction novels.

His crime novels are published by UK-based indie house Caffeine Nights. Keith’s highly regarded black comedy crime debut, The Fix, has already garnered much critical acclaim. In November 2014 Russian Roulette is to be published. The enigmatic, ex-KGB tramp, Konstantin Boryakov gets his own platform to cause trouble and mayhem again. The follow up to The Fix will be published in March 2015.

You can find Keith at Amazon US and UK

Twitter: @knntom
Facebook: Keithnixonauthor
Blog: keithnixonauthor.blogspot.com.

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