Exactly the kind of people he was trying to escape.
Worse, one of them is a con-woman who, for some reason, he can’t get out of his mind and who has a habit of manipulating men ...
When he gets involved in a scam to sell smuggled antiquities from Syria he realises he can’t escape being a professional either—and one with a specialised skill that makes him even more desirable to his new colleagues.
Finding a purpose in life while keeping his head connected to his shoulders keeps him busy, until a Syrian who wants the return of one of the stolen antiquities shows up ... and he's not inclined to take prisoners.
This anthology includes the first four books in a series that has been called "terrific" and "difficult to put down". It also includes the first chapter of the fifth book, The Strange Girl.
So who is Sam Dyke?
He's a private investigator from a working-class background whose job forces him to mix with the wealthy and privileged of the posh Cheshire set—those whose morals and behaviour offend him and go against his own values, forged in a strong family environment. The mysteries he unravels become personal crusades against entitlement, wealth and the abuse of power. He doesn’t preach but he gets angry when he sees people who lie, steal and murder to get their way. Like Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade he has a clear view of what the world is actually like and he wants evil-doers set straight: what's more, he'll do what's necessary to make that happen.
This volume includes:
The Private Lie
The Hard Swim
Sam Dyke is back! The private investigator who never gives up until the bad guys are caught—or worse.