Dead Level continues from Swansong where left off, Nick’s conduct in the previous case he placed on a cold case while disciplinary action is decided but due to the pressures that the department find themselves under with a high profile case will he be able to keep up with both cases?
Dead Level was an interesting one because as the story starts you are still focused around Nick Dixon but as the story comes to life as a reader I got the impression we were going to follow Jane more throughout this book. The problem comes when the case becomes too much for Nick’s replacement to handle the live case and they are forced to try and make sure he gets put on the case instead. At times the way the two investigations develop it showed signs that while being years apart there could be a link between them with the way the evidence was going.
Well not a negative, and it did get a conclusion I find the amount of time spent going over the cold case was a bit rushed. The story just seemed to focus on the active investigation which it should have been rightly or wrongly active investigations have priority I would have thought in the real world too as cold cases while important had their time as an active case as well. I also find the links interesting but at the same time while I made those links it seemed to be forgotten about further into the story which I found interesting I thought Damien could have done more with the similarities in the cases.
While the Cold Case seemed to be lacking in detail the main case did not and it focused on a bi-election in which a candidate’s wife got murdered. It brought in great detail of how candidates are elected along with some really useful information about Type 1 Diabetes and the choices people have or don’t have about their insulin. Along with the fact that it dealt with what happens to cases when they are faced with natural complications like flooding.
Overall Dead Level I gave 4/5 on Goodreads on writing this review I realised it could be one of those books that deserve 5/5 because it was fast-paced and dealt with some real-world issues. Not that the others don’t in this series with it being murder mysteries but this one stands out because of the way it tackles the flooding the UK faces which was relevant while I was reading the book along with the treatment of diabetes. I think that Damien does well-bringing fiction and fact together well to inform people after reading the extract at the end that was his plan with this story as he’d had personal experience with some of the subjects in this book.