A King of Infinite Space (Long Beach Homicide Book 1)

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Seriously, read this book. View 2 comments. A solid police procedural set in Long Beach, California. Well told and well written, a meat and potatoes mystery. This really feels like the beginning of a long series, which means that we are only getting the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to character. It's what the author should do, but it's always frustrating when you know you have to get through three or four books to really dig deep into the characters and the relationships. With all the cop shows and whodunits on television, it's a real challenge to surprise the reader, as we have become pretty familiar with the tricks of the trade.

Hell, Scooby-Doo taught us to keep our eye on the least suspicious character "And I would have succeeded if not for those meddling kids! That said, I'm not the one to judge the mystery element of the story. I saw some stuff coming, but overall it worked for me. Your experience will be unique, I am sure. I read for atmosphere, detail, and character.

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The best of crime fiction can ask unique moral questions, comment on social issues, and immerse you in a new environment. And this novel, and I'm hoping the subsequent series that will follow, has all of these elements in spades.


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Looking forward to the next book. Jul 22, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , part-of-a-series , own-on-kindle , set-in-california , 3-stars-or-less.

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After a teacher is found stabbed to death in her classroom, the detectives investigating the case grimly suspect it is the work of a serial killer. Less than pages in, I already had an idea about who the killer was, and without many twists, turns, or surprises woven into the plot, my suspicions were correct. Th After a teacher is found stabbed to death in her classroom, the detectives investigating the case grimly suspect it is the work of a serial killer. The author—the son of a cop and professor at Cal State Long Beach—follows the tried and true formula of a damaged cop willing to break the rules in order to catch the bad guy.

And it was fun to visualize local streets and eateries, along with familiar landmarks mentioned throughout.

I don't read too many crime novels, but this one kept me interested from beginning to end. The characters are very real and the action is strong. It is also extremely realistic. Dilts has some fantastic descriptions in the book and has obviously done his homework on how detectives work. This is the first book by this particular author, and it has to do with Homicide Detective Danny Beckett of the Long Beach Police Department and a murder case he and his partner are investigating.

An instructor at the high school has been brutally slain with a special type of knife, and the killer took her hand as a trophy.

There are three or four suspects from the beginning, including a former man the teacher dated. Beckett and this man have something in common : both have lost their wives in t This is the first book by this particular author, and it has to do with Homicide Detective Danny Beckett of the Long Beach Police Department and a murder case he and his partner are investigating.

Beckett and this man have something in common : both have lost their wives in the last few years. Yet it begins to look as if this mild-mannered man may be the killer of this woman and the one who comes after. But why? Well, there one would have to go further and figure out why the second woman was killed, and what the killer may gain from both of the deaths besides his serial killer trophies.

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I also though the title of the book very clever; the title comes from one of Hamlet's lines in Shakespeare's play and it really fit the story to quite a degree. I enjoyed this story; however, it is really irritating to see the publisher, Amazon, left the second 's' off the word canvass all though the book. I don't know if it is the proofreader who checks these things or what, but surely we could all do better. The author is a very intelligent person, so I am surprised he didn't catch the error. I hope Mr. Dilts will write another book if he has not done so already. Feb 12, rick. This is my second Tyler Dilts book and before I get into the review I just want to acknowledge that Dilts' book titles are fantastic, lifted from brilliant quotes tied to the theme, and his music tastes are impeccable.

If I ever write a book I want Tyler Dilts to name it and make me a mix tape. Detective Danny Beckett is a thoughtful and diligent cop, haunted by the violence he has seen on the job and the loss of his wife. He can barely sleep for the nightmares and settles himself a little to fre This is my second Tyler Dilts book and before I get into the review I just want to acknowledge that Dilts' book titles are fantastic, lifted from brilliant quotes tied to the theme, and his music tastes are impeccable.

He can barely sleep for the nightmares and settles himself a little to frequently with vodka. Neither of these things are out of control, but you get the sense that Beckett is on the precipice and only the job and his partner, Detective Jen Tanaka, keep him from giving in.

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While I think Dilts played his hand too early, this isn't a book which relies on the collar for the drama. The characters, especially Beckett, are so well written that it is the methodical, procedural working of the case that sells the story. The work is hard, slow, and takes its toll. I think it is easy to render a detective who stands as witness for the victim as a sap, or a tired trope of the genre, but Detective Danny Beckett's portrayal feels sincere. There is an honesty and integrity in the Long Beach Homocide novels which makes them well worth recommending.

Aug 02, Amy rated it really liked it.

Great read, and I have already started on the second book in the series. The characters are well formed, the words well chosen, and it's very easy to feel like you're in the main character's head. I finished it in one day because I didn't want to stop reading. I felt like I was back home again. My favorite part? It was a hard choice, but I fell madly in love with "He left no tone unster Great read, and I have already started on the second book in the series. It was a hard choice, but I fell madly in love with "He left no tone unsterned. Mostly a good story, but I figured out "who done it" about a third of the way through, and the ending was not only disturbing but deeply unsatisfying.

Apr 18, Ross Cumming rated it really liked it. Danny Beckett is a homicide detective in the Long Beach P. He tries to function as normal but resorts to Grey Goose vodka and orange juice to try and subdue the pain. He and his partner Tanaka are called upon to investigate the brutal death of a female teacher, Elizabeth Williams,in her own classroom. This is the first in the series of Tyler Dilts novels to feature Danny Beckett and I thoroughly enjoyed this Police procedural thriller. The novel is a real page turner and even when the investigation stalls there is still enough going on to keep you glued to the page.

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Danny has his demons to contend with and his female partner is a great foil and tries to help him keep it together when she can. There is a great chemistry between the pair which Dilts conveys expertly through the nuances of his writing. The troubled cop as protagonist can be a bit of a cliched character but In this case Dilts adds just enough originality that Beckett comes across as both driven and dedicated and his shortcomings real, in that he finds himself drawn to the heartbreak of the victims relatives and friends as he appears to share their loss.

Sep 15, Sarah Patterson rated it it was ok Shelves: books-on-kindle-to-read. Book was pretty predictable. Not too many moments that really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. Aug 07, IslandRiverScribe rated it it was amazing Shelves: z-read , police-american , mysteries-thrillers.