Keith Nixon – The Corpse Role Blog Tour

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Today I hand the blog over to Keith Nixon on the penultimate day of his blog tour for The Corpse Role. To read the review click here.

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Keith Nixon has been writing since he was a child. In fact some of his friends (& his wife) say he’s never really grown up. Keith is currently gainfully employed in a senior sales role meaning he gets to use his one skill, talking. Keith writes crime and historical fiction novels. His crime work is published by leading indie house Caffeine Nights.

My Ideas and the writing process…
Usually the idea for a book comes from a single point, one thought that at the time seems like it could be interesting. The challenge is then to turn this one kernel into a living, breathing set of characters and narrative. Overall writing a book is a bit like building a structure, adding bits, taking bits away, sometimes knocking the whole thing down and starting again. One idea tends to lead to another…

In The Corpse Role this idea was … well, I can’t say as that will give the twist away at the end! Sorry. I also wanted to explore a new genre for me, police procedural – I’ve written in humour, crime and historical fiction genres previously. So, the next stage was to build a case for the lead detective, DI Charlotte Granger, to follow. Here it was a security van robbery and the fallout that ensued after the event. The corpse of the van driver turns up in a shallow grave, two years after he went missing. The story is written from two perspectives, past and present – the robbery and the investigation, with the timelines joining at the end. Again, I’d love to say more, but it’ll give stuff away.

I started writing The Corpse Role around April 2014, commuting up to Manchester from Broadstairs for a new job. I had some time in the evenings and the novel began to take shape. I finished it in January this year, however in between I did take the odd break to move house (twice), some major and minor work on two other novels, review books for two websites, keep up the day job and the family. Between then and now activity on Corpse itself was getting beta feedback, having the novel edited, a cover designed and getting it out. It’s surprising how time consuming this can be.

It tends to take me at least six months to write a book. The crime novels take less time, primarily because the research required is less than the historical fiction stuff, which is just the opposite as they require massive investigation and understanding. I like to ensure the facts are accurate, but the most important task is to tell a story that holds the reader’s interest.

So far the response to The Corpse Role has been very good, the masterful Ken Bruen provided a cover blurb! He’s a top man. So the genre move wasn’t a bad idea…

Follow the blog tour: next stop is http://cometbabesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Liz and keith for having me as part of this blog tour.

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The Corpse Role

the corpse role

The Corpse Role
by Keith Nixon

Not everything that gets buried stays buried… sometimes things have a nasty habit of resurfacing…

When the body of a security van driver implicated in an unsolved £1.2 million heist turns up in a shallow grave two years later it’s just the beginning for Detective Inspector Charlotte Granger.

She embarks on an investigation that takes her into dangerous territory – a world of dirty cops, dodgy private investigators, local villains and nosy journalists. Meanwhile events from Granger’s own past are threatening to come back and haunt her…

As people are killed to silence them and vital information vanishes from files, can DI Granger get to the truth? And if she does, what will that truth reveal?

Paul Wheeler, a man implicated in a robbery two years earlier, is found murdered. A business card belonging to Chris White, an ex-policeman now a private detective, is found on his corpse.
D.I. Granger is in charge of the investigation, but before she gets very far Chris White is also murdered when it becomes apparent that he knows who was behind the unsolved robbery.

This is Keith Nixon’s first foray into the police procedural genre; his previous books being historical fiction, humour and crime. This is also my first fix of Keith Nixon and to say I was pleased is an understatement.

The story very cleverly jumps back and forth between the time of the heist and the present day murder investigation. There is much going on between the two timescales and it is enthralling but somehow never confusing: the sign of a master at work.

This is a wonderful book peopled with fabulous characters, many of them on the wrong side of the law, whether that be gangsters from the underworld or ex and serving police officers.

The twist at the end is one of the most jaw-dropping moments I have had reading crime thrillers. For hours afterwards I was going back over everything in the book and the clues are all there, but I did not see it coming at all. Love that!

Credit should also go to Jim Divine, who designed the cover. It is fabulous and goes perfectly with this book. I shall be purchasing a paperback copy just so I can have that cover on my shelf.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
****1/2