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.
Altered Life The Private Lie The Hard Swim The Bleak