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The Fix (Konstantin #2) ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Fix (Konstantin #2) Author Keith Nixon – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Moves faster than a speeding bullet Can t wait for from Keith Nixon Tony Black, author of Murder Mile Razor sharp and original Ryan Bracha, author of Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven t Killed Yet Moves faster than a speeding bullet Can t wait for from Keith Nixon Tony Black, author of Murder Mile Razor sharp and original Ryan Bracha, author of Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven t Killed Yet Keith Nixon plots a wonderful corporate caper with his tongue placed firmly in his cheek THE FIX smacks of insanity brought on by too much time spent in the rat race, something many of us can relate to Cool, creative and downright crude, THE FIX will get your heart pumping Gerard Brennan, author of FIREPROOFMurder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking thenIt s pre crashand financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired aftermillion goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend has cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, he lives in Margate Just when Josh thinks things can t get any worse his sociopathic boss Hershey Valentine winds up dead and he finds himself the number one suspect As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sources Part fiction, part lies well, it is about banking and excruciatingly funny, The Fix pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathesReviewsThese are some of the review given for The Fix by readers Nixon combines intrigue and humour in equal measures I believe there is a sequel coming soon and I intend to be the first one to buy The Fix was an absolutely brilliant read with a great storyline which kept you pondering whilst smiling your way through the story at the hilarious descriptive writing I only put it down to sleep Highly recommended Exploring some unsavoury aspects of the banking life with verve and humour Nixon has a distinctive voice and handles his plot well, keeping you guessing until the very end Definitely worth a read I loved this book because it was fast paced and had memorable characters From a female perspective I liked being in Josh s mindIt was like being one of the lads I found it a quick read as I just wanted to keep reading A solid story with some excellent dark humour, and a real spread of characters It reminded me of some of the better Ben Elton I have read A pacey page turner with twists and turns aplenty that keep you entertained and amused in equal measure If you enjoy a good crime story, if you enjoy a good story of human relationships The Fix has both It is also a story of financial skulduggery The story holds your attention and interest from the first page through to the last with its unexpected twists and turns It is skillfully written and a very enjoyable read I will be waiting in anticipation for his next book The Fix is registered on Authorgraph for author signatures and personal dedications.


About the Author: Keith Nixon

Bestselling author Keith Nixon lives in Cheshire, England and works in a high tech industry Novels include the Solomon Gray, Konstantin, Harry Vaughan and Caradoc seriesSign up to a regular newsletter for information on upcoming books, offers etc at can be found on Twitter knntom and Facebook or his website keithnixonPraise for Keith Nixon s Work A stunning book and a new series that has become a must read MW Craven, author of the Washington Poe series Keith Nixon does for Margate what Peter James did for Brighton As dark and brooding as the wind lashed shores of the North Sea, and with its disturbing echoes of the Elm Guest House scandal and suggestions of deep seated institutional corruption, Dig Two Graves is a superb addition to the rich Brit Crime scene Tim Baker, CWA shortlisted author of Fever City and City Without Stars Deeply emotional, a dark rollercoaster ride Ed James, author of bestselling DI Fenchurch series A compelling murder mystery with a multilayered and engaging new hero Great read Mason Cross, author of the Carter Blake thriller series A damaged detective, haunted by a tragic past, a young son missing or dead, a man on a quest for redemption Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray is a fine creation and Dig Two Graves an intriguing, nourish mystery Keith Nixon is a sparkling crime fiction talent Howard Linskey, author of the David Blake crime series A dark, uncompromising tale of loss, murder, and revenge Glorious noir, which takes the police procedural elements and gives them new life I can t wait to read the next step in Solomon Gray s journey for answers Luca Veste, author of the Murphy and Rossi series One hell of a writer Ken Bruen, Author of The Jack Taylor series Nixon writes hard hitting fiction, with a dash of humour, a cast of great characters, and a dollop of violence Konstantin is a fantastic creation Luca Veste, author of The Murphy and Rossi series and The Bonekeeper Reads like the UK s answer to Carl Hiassen Criminally underrated MW Craven, author of The Washington Poe series Lean, mean and gritty, with writing as sharp as a razor cut Keith Nixon serves up a Konstantin Kocktail , with equal parts Vodka to Vodka, that ll hit you just where it s needed Matt Hilton, Author of the Joe Hunter thrillers I have to liken reading this novel to being a smoker it leaves a dirty taste in your mouth but you JUST CAN T STOP Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me, Tell Me No Lies, The Party If you told me that Konstantin put the K in KGB, I wouldn t even argue This character is a badass of the highest calibre Gerard Brennan, author of Undercover Feels like Snatch meets a steampunk Sherlock Holmes Nixon continues the story of Russian born Konstantin, anti hero for the modern age Like Marlowe before him, Konstantin has a penchant for finding trouble and an unflinching sense of morality to get him out of it Joe Clifford, author of The Jay Porter series Hardboiled action and sharp, gritty humour Highly recommended Paul D Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton and A Case Of Noir Gritty and glorious, dirty and dynamic, fast and furious My kind of book Col s Criminal Library A superior action thriller, layered with flashbacks, intriguing characters and tendon snapping sequences of graphic violence Murder, Mayhem and More A fast paced and witty tale Big Al s Books and Pals With his unique style of writing, the author grabs the reader s attention and makes for an entertaining read By The Letter Book Reviews Tight, punchy with a distinct voice Crimesquad The ability to get his readers onside, rooting for his messed up characters as they battle against the.



10 thoughts on “The Fix (Konstantin #2)

  1. Mark Wilson Mark Wilson says:

    You had me at I am Fucked Any Book that starts with that opening line and goes on to describe its main character being robbed same time, same place every Wednesday by a Tramp undercover KGB agent, cannot fail to grab your attention.This is a trick that seasoned authors regularly fail to utilize effectively and set the tone for the rest of this fine book That the author, Nixon, keeps up this level of attention grabbing and sheer entertainment for the next 200 odd pages is to his credit It s You had me at I am Fucked Any Book that starts with that opening line and goes on to describe its main character being robbed same time, same place every Wednesday by a Tramp undercover KGB agent, cannot fail to grab your attention.This is a trick that seasoned authors regularly fail to utilize effectively and set the tone for the rest of this fine book That the author, Nixon, keeps up this level of attention grabbing and sheer entertainment for the next 200 odd pages is to his credit It s a difficult thing to sustain pace of this intensity in this kind of novel without confusing or overwhelming the reader but Nixon pulls it off skilfully The first person narrative used is spot on I normally detest this sort of narrative but Nixon s use of this perspective lends the book a nervous, edgy feel and enhances the feeling of action.Keith takes a main character in Josh Dedman who s a bit pathetic and should be utterly unlikable and would be lesser hands and has you laughing along, shaking your head and cheering the cynical bastard on mostly because his man voices your own twisted thoughts and makes you grin at them There are elements of early Carl Hiassen insight and humour in this book as well as a pinch of Brookmyre intelligence in the plot The last book I enjoyed with this kind of pace and finished also in record time was Incompetence by Rob Grant The Fix shares Incompetence irreverent and very accurate observations of the world it s set in but despite these observations, never descends into a rant.I d read another of this author s books in a heartbeat and would recommend this novel to anyone No matter which genre you frequent, go hang around with Josh in Margate, you ll be glad you did.If words were drugs, and Keith Nixon my local dealer, you d find my sweating presence waiting for my man on a street corner


  2. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    I chose The Fix for my book group I was looking for something blokey, easy to read, set in England, compelling, and hopefully well written and funny So, to what extent did it meet my criteria Blokey Absolutely Possibly a bit too blokey for my tastes One character uses an arse rating which jarred with me though the over the top sexism and all round total bastard qualities of Hershey Valentine were so extreme as to be quite enjoyable Easy to read Undoubtedly Well written Definitely, as I chose The Fix for my book group I was looking for something blokey, easy to read, set in England, compelling, and hopefully well written and funny So, to what extent did it meet my criteria Blokey Absolutely Possibly a bit too blokey for my tastes One character uses an arse rating which jarred with me though the over the top sexism and all round total bastard qualities of Hershey Valentine were so extreme as to be quite enjoyable Easy to read Undoubtedly Well written Definitely, as a straight up piece of escapist nonsense which stayed just the right side of vaguely credible, and as an enjoyable, fairly original thriller, this hit the spot.Set in England Absolutely I enjoy books set in London The book is also set in Margate and Broadstairs, and other nearby seaside places in Kent which was an added bonus The locations were a big part of the book s charm for me.Compelling Very much so By the last third I was gripped The plot doesn t bear too much scrutiny, and whilst some of the characters are fairly improbable, they all added to the fun And a great opening too.Funny Not really and certainly not laugh out loud funny as one reviewer claimed but it was mildly amusing with some original ideas As mentioned, Hershey Valentine s over the top fiendishness was a delight, Josh s inner thoughts were well expressed and had an everyman quality I could easily relate to, Konstantin was a great character, if completely implausible, and Claire s superficiality and comeuppance were smile inducing The Tourettes presentation seemed highly improbable given what else we knew about Josh So not funny as such but generally well observed and amusingly written.Other thoughts the ending didn t live up to the rest of the book and felt a bit pat It seemed to me that Keith Nixon reached his ideal book length and then just tied up the loose ends as quickly as possible I also feel something darker, or perhaps ambiguous, would have worked better in the context of the book, rather than the somewhat cliched happy ending.Overall, and on its own terms Stoner, The Road, or A Month in the Country it ain t , it was an enjoyable, somewhat inconsequential, well written piece of escapism, that scores high for me because of itsoriginal elements and its sense of place 4 5


  3. Col Col says:

    Synopsis blurb..Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking thenIt s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde A Synopsis blurb..Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking thenIt s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, he lives in Margate.Just when Josh thinks things can t get any worse his sociopathic boss Hershey Valentine winds up murdered and he finds himself the number one suspect As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sourcesPart fiction, part lies well, it is about banking and excruciatingly funny, THE FIX pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes This is a crime fiction novel with a differenceWhat Others Say With a brilliant cast of madcap characters strapped tightly in, THE FIX hurtles along at a cracking pace A hugely enjoyable debut novel from Keith Nixon Ian Ayris, author of Abide With Me Moves faster than a speeding bullet Can t wait forfrom Keith Nixon Tony Black, author of Murder Mile My take..After a brief outing with the Ancient Britains in Nixon s The Eagle s Shadow, I m back on terra firma now with The Fix.http col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2017 06I must admit when the book begins I was confused Different characters, different events some of which seemed to be conflicting, however it was a pleasant confusion, one where you are happy to read on in the knowledge that all will be revealed in good time Not the irritating confusion where you want to punch the author in the face and force feed them their book a chunk of pages at a time.We have a Russian tramp, a socially inadequate computer whiz cum hacker who pretends he s someone else a lot of the time, a sex addicted policewoman she s hot, Josh our victim of the piece, Hershey his arsehole boss and Claire his cow of a girlfriend Plus a fewto boot.An enjoyable plot as Josh s life gets turned upside down and he s in the frame for a missing 20 million Get out of that one sunshine.Humour, sex, pace, action, a great setting, some interesting characters and some fantastic writing whether its a bit of naval gazing from one of our characters..Life is, miserably, not that good to me Never has been, never fucking will be If I actually had the lack of good sense to believe in a God I would now know that he s a bastard who deliberately makes mere existence bloody complicated for the average you and me.or Nixon giving us our local landscapeIt s not the most pleasant of routes either To my right is a road that seems to carry sluggish cars and trucks whatever the time of the day Beyond the clogged arterial thoroughfare is a wide strip of sand and then the North Sea, an expanse of muddy brown water dotted with massive ships heading in and out of the Thames Beautiful it is not To my left is Dreamland, the lurid amusement arcade which is alight with neon, flashing tubes and bulbs It s a shabby throwback to yesteryear where the local chavs have always hung out Great if you want some drugs or black market Viagra Not so great if you want to keep your watch, wallet or dignity Walk quickly, look straight ahead and ignore the knock off Burberry is my rule.I really enjoyed this one My kind of book.4 from 5Keith Nixon s Dark Heart Heavy Soul, I m Dead Again and The Corpse Role await me Earlier books which have been enjoyed are Plastic Fantastic, Fat Gary, Dream Land and Russian Roulette in May 2017Published 2013Page count 208Source purchased copyFormat Kindlehttp col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2017 06


  4. Darren Sant Darren Sant says:

    The Fix caught me totally off guard I expected something a littleconventional for some reason What I got was a story that put two fingers up to convention and how refreshing it was The story structure is quite slow to build up, normally a frustration, but with this novel I didn t care I was enjoying main character Josh s cynical observations on life far too much The characters and humour were very much strengths of this novel Nixon delights in putting his characters through the wringe The Fix caught me totally off guard I expected something a littleconventional for some reason What I got was a story that put two fingers up to convention and how refreshing it was The story structure is quite slow to build up, normally a frustration, but with this novel I didn t care I was enjoying main character Josh s cynical observations on life far too much The characters and humour were very much strengths of this novel Nixon delights in putting his characters through the wringer.Josh Dedman commutes from Margate to London where he works for a large bank He despises all of his work mates and his boss Hershey Valentine His relationship with PR consultant Claire is dead in the water It s fair to say Josh has a crap life When Josh has the opportunity to score a few points over his boss he takes it in hilarious style Nixon gives us plenty of questions to be answered Who is the mystery blonde Josh meets on the train Why is new friend Jack going out his way to help him Meanwhile the bank is having serious problems with embezzlement issues and an unwilling patsy is needed Is Josh a Dedman walking The Fix was enjoyable for the anti heroes as much as much as the heroes Nixon is unafraid to use strong language and toilet humour at times to make a sceneeffective However, he never overdoes it to the point of gratuity An unusual novel, I hesitate to use the term crime caper but the comic element was a major part of the book The plot was well conceived and ultimately satisfying There were enough red herrings to keep the mystery readers happy I for one would love to readof the adventures of Josh Dedman A top not read that will appeal particularly to the British sense of humour


  5. Carrie Carrie says:

    Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking then It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking then It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, he lives in Margate Just when Josh thinks things can t get any worse his sociopathic boss Hershey Valentine winds up murdered and he finds himself the number one suspect As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sources Part fiction, part lies well, it is about banking and excruciatingly funny, THE FIX pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes This is a crime fiction novel with a difference Fabulously structured, it s quite hard to believe that The Fix is Keith Nixon s debut novel Short, punchy chapters take the reader on a fast paced thrilling ride, never once failing to hold the reader s attention.The opening line of this novel delivered the message loud and clear, in a rather quirky way, that this novel was going to be nothing less than an adventure If you like gritty realism and don t mind bad language, then I defy anyone not to be completely hooked by the first chapter The characters are something of a mixed bag I couldn t help but like the main protagonist, ironically named Josh Dedman Nothing at all goes right for this guy Or so we re led to believe But his ability to accept the sheer drudgery of his life and everything that s thrown at him makes him all theappealing Konstantin, the ex KGB Russian tramp who is something of an expert at robbing people, is equally as quirky and likeable Josh s heinously cruel girlfriend Claire and his equally nasty boss Hershey are less likeable but equally real, and all characters bring something important to the mix, creating a wonderful roller coaster of a ride that has one feverishly turning the page Keith Nixon is, without a doubt, a wordsmith He tells it like it is and does it very well indeed The dialogue is sharp, witty and thoroughly enjoyable Throw in some bad language and dark humour and the author has produced something which is nothing short of fantastic.Highly recommended read


  6. Les Edgerton Les Edgerton says:

    I love me some good black comedy and I just read one of the best of the year in Keith Nixon s THE FIX Josh Dedman is pretty much that a deadman His girlfriend cheats on him and then dumps him He gets blamed when 20 million pounds comes up missing from the bank he works at and he s blamed for that.But, all is not doom and gloom There are a few bright spots in his life He goes out of his way each day to get mugged by a homeless Russian bum, accommodating the thief to the extent that he buys c I love me some good black comedy and I just read one of the best of the year in Keith Nixon s THE FIX Josh Dedman is pretty much that a deadman His girlfriend cheats on him and then dumps him He gets blamed when 20 million pounds comes up missing from the bank he works at and he s blamed for that.But, all is not doom and gloom There are a few bright spots in his life He goes out of his way each day to get mugged by a homeless Russian bum, accommodating the thief to the extent that he buys cheap wallets to defray his mugging costs, and he meets an irritating guy on his daily commute who tries his best to bore him to death There s a mysterious sexy blonde And, yeah, those are the fun parts of his life.And then, just when it seems like it couldn t get any worse for him, his boss is whacked and he s the number one suspect With each development, I kept shaking my head and muttering, It could happen, it could happen This is the kind of corporate caper Joseph Finder might write if he spent a week studying everything Tim Dorsey ever wrote and then they collaborated.In fact, the Russian bum Konstantine who just happens to be an ex KGB agent who s fallen on hard times and who mugs him daily, can find his long lost twin brother in Florida Just ask around for Serge Storm This laugh out loud novel isthan just entertainment it s an object lesson for parents who wish to keep their sons away from a career in banking.This is one of those novels that I usually preface at the watercooler at work by saying, You gotta read this book You really do And then, once you ve finished it, join me in petitioning Mr Dixon to write a new novel starring Konstantine this is a character who surely deserves his very own novel.Blue skies,Les


  7. Book Addict Shaun Book Addict Shaun says:

    Also reviewed on my blog first off our main character Josh Dedman really must be one of the unluckiest men I have ever read about He is fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank he works at He is then dumped by his cheating girlfriend Both pretty bad right Well then his boss, Hershey Valentine just one of many fantastic character names is murdered and Josh becomes the number one suspect I went into this book with no huge expectatio Also reviewed on my blog first off our main character Josh Dedman really must be one of the unluckiest men I have ever read about He is fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank he works at He is then dumped by his cheating girlfriend Both pretty bad right Well then his boss, Hershey Valentine just one of many fantastic character names is murdered and Josh becomes the number one suspect I went into this book with no huge expectations, just expecting an enjoyable read and I certainly got that Josh isn t hard to relate to either especially for anybody that has ever had a nightmare boss, luckily I haven t but I could still empathise with him.I really loved the character of Josh Especially his outlook on life At times I am sick of my own life, for a few years now things haven t gone the way I would ve liked them to but I definitely wouldn t want to end up like this The plot was brilliant and left me with no idea whatsoever of how the story would progress Most people hate bankers, or at least have an opinion about them and this book pokes fun at them in a highly amusing way that I think people will really enjoy Josh is a really easy character to like and I was rooting for him throughout the book whilst wondering what had happened to the 20 million and how it would all work out for him Despite it being a bit of a satirical look at the banking word it s still a believable read with some realistic characters I m always intrigued by the City when I m in London It s like a whole different world within London with a fish market at bottom of it Nixon s writing was a highlight for me and reminiscent of somebody who has been published for years, not a debut novelist Very descriptive and written in a conversational way that the book just went by super fast for me and was over before I knew it It s a very comedic read and the comedy is brilliant and very, very funny Lies, twists, turns and brilliantly created characters with amazing names Claire Pigeon, Ian Culpepper, Mister Lamb , the book has it all Nixon has also captured his settings incredibly well, especially the bits in Margate Recommend this book to anybody regardless of what your usual genre of choice is I will definitely be looking out forbooks from Keith in the future


  8. Keith Nixon Keith Nixon says:

    The following 5 review is from the Books and Pals blog It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde Appraisal When I think comedic crime b The following 5 review is from the Books and Pals blog It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde Appraisal When I think comedic crime books, my immediate thought is Donald Westlake s Dortmunder series perhaps the most well known being The Hot Rock, which became a movie starring Robert Redford and George Segal In these books, mastermind Dortmunder and his gang of criminals commit a series of well planned crimes They re never caught, yet always end up empty handed in the end The comedy comes from the idiosyncrasies of the characters and all the ways their best laid plans go awry.In Keith Nixon s debut novel, The Fix, the characters provide plenty of comedic moments with their quirks, but rather than a criminal as protagonist, we have a main character accused of the crime who keeps bumbling his way in deeper, providing some humorous moments The protagonist, Josh, works for a bank, which also has some comedic moments, poking fun at the business world, not unlike what you might see in the movie and TV series The Office Unlike Westlake s humor, which at times could be almost slapstick like and might remind someone of The Keystone Kops, Nixon s humor issubtle, as in, Culpepper, being a banker, was as bereft of emotion as a corpse is of life As a former bank employee, this line really hit home for me.Josh is a likeable character The reader wants everything to work out for him Does he manage to come out unscathed Who stole the 20 million Does Josh manage to get the girl You ll have to read The Fix yourself to find out


  9. Martin Stanley Martin Stanley says:

    Set in 2007, a year before the financial crash, The Fix is about investment banker and everyman Josh Dedman He s having a pretty bad time of things He s framed and fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank where he works His miserable and unpleasant girlfriend pretty much hates his guts, when she isn t cheating on him He s unwillingly befriended by an irritating bloke on a train and evenunwillingly befriended by a foul smelling Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGBWhen the man Set in 2007, a year before the financial crash, The Fix is about investment banker and everyman Josh Dedman He s having a pretty bad time of things He s framed and fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank where he works His miserable and unpleasant girlfriend pretty much hates his guts, when she isn t cheating on him He s unwillingly befriended by an irritating bloke on a train and evenunwillingly befriended by a foul smelling Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGBWhen the man who framed Josh and just happens to be his boss is murdered he finds that he s the chief suspect And that s when things really start to get unpleasantI knew that I was going to like The Fix on page one when it started with I am f ed Anybody who can start a story like that is always going to get my attention Nixon throws the reader straight into the action and keeps them there for the duration of the story He takes a fairly complicated plot and spins it out nice and smooth, so the reader doesn t lose their way He alternates the sad sack first person narration of Dedman with third person viewpoints of several other characters, all written in terse, funny, effective prose The pace is fast with little fat to chew through to get to the meat of the story The main thing though is the characters And Nixon does good characters.Dedman makes a convincing everyman, but the supporting cast are just as clearly defined whether it s Josh s nasty, spiteful girlfriend Claire, his vile American boss, Hershey, or his friend Jack, whose bravado masks a few secrets And of course Konstantin Boryakov and Mr Lamb, who definitely qualify as my favourite characters and light up the tale whenever they appear.The Fix is a very good tale, well told It gets the right balance of laughs and thrills and comes highly recommended from this particular reader


  10. Kate Kate says:

    A sizzler of a book which moves at a cracking pace If I d not been introduced to the writer I wouldn t have picked it up on the cover alone as guns and bullets don t normally do it for me But this isthan crime fiction, it is crime literary fiction It reinforces what I ve always found it s not what you write so much as the way you write it The sort of book where you look forward to every invigorating sentence For instance I loved this line It s said that everyone s good at somethin A sizzler of a book which moves at a cracking pace If I d not been introduced to the writer I wouldn t have picked it up on the cover alone as guns and bullets don t normally do it for me But this isthan crime fiction, it is crime literary fiction It reinforces what I ve always found it s not what you write so much as the way you write it The sort of book where you look forward to every invigorating sentence For instance I loved this line It s said that everyone s good at something, which implies that we re terrible at lots of things The chapters are in small bite sized appetizing chunks which drive the pace One of the book s greatest strength are its colourfully drawn characters, most of them dodgy or seedy or both The story begins with the shooting of American banker Hershey Valentine, second in command at the bank where 20 million pounds has gone missing What follows, told mainly in flashback, is a lot of intrigue and double dealing which can lose you if you don t keep up, and nobody is quite who they seem I got to about half way and thought I had a good idea whodunnit but nothing so simple My favourite scenes involved the interplay between Josh and Jack from their first encounter on the train and the portrayal of discomfort and mismatch between what is said and what is thought to their evolving friendship Thinks Josh, Jack has a gradual degrading effect like a steady ongoing dose of radiation There are plentygritty and witty nuggets where that came from If there is any justice in the world this should be snapped up by a mainstream publisher who can give it the publicity, marketing and presentation it deserves


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10 thoughts on “The Fix (Konstantin #2)

  1. Mark Wilson Mark Wilson says:

    You had me at I am Fucked Any Book that starts with that opening line and goes on to describe its main character being robbed same time, same place every Wednesday by a Tramp undercover KGB agent, cannot fail to grab your attention.This is a trick that seasoned authors regularly fail to utilize effectively and set the tone for the rest of this fine book That the author, Nixon, keeps up this level of attention grabbing and sheer entertainment for the next 200 odd pages is to his credit It s You had me at I am Fucked Any Book that starts with that opening line and goes on to describe its main character being robbed same time, same place every Wednesday by a Tramp undercover KGB agent, cannot fail to grab your attention.This is a trick that seasoned authors regularly fail to utilize effectively and set the tone for the rest of this fine book That the author, Nixon, keeps up this level of attention grabbing and sheer entertainment for the next 200 odd pages is to his credit It s a difficult thing to sustain pace of this intensity in this kind of novel without confusing or overwhelming the reader but Nixon pulls it off skilfully The first person narrative used is spot on I normally detest this sort of narrative but Nixon s use of this perspective lends the book a nervous, edgy feel and enhances the feeling of action.Keith takes a main character in Josh Dedman who s a bit pathetic and should be utterly unlikable and would be lesser hands and has you laughing along, shaking your head and cheering the cynical bastard on mostly because his man voices your own twisted thoughts and makes you grin at them There are elements of early Carl Hiassen insight and humour in this book as well as a pinch of Brookmyre intelligence in the plot The last book I enjoyed with this kind of pace and finished also in record time was Incompetence by Rob Grant The Fix shares Incompetence irreverent and very accurate observations of the world it s set in but despite these observations, never descends into a rant.I d read another of this author s books in a heartbeat and would recommend this novel to anyone No matter which genre you frequent, go hang around with Josh in Margate, you ll be glad you did.If words were drugs, and Keith Nixon my local dealer, you d find my sweating presence waiting for my man on a street corner

  2. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    I chose The Fix for my book group I was looking for something blokey, easy to read, set in England, compelling, and hopefully well written and funny So, to what extent did it meet my criteria Blokey Absolutely Possibly a bit too blokey for my tastes One character uses an arse rating which jarred with me though the over the top sexism and all round total bastard qualities of Hershey Valentine were so extreme as to be quite enjoyable Easy to read Undoubtedly Well written Definitely, as I chose The Fix for my book group I was looking for something blokey, easy to read, set in England, compelling, and hopefully well written and funny So, to what extent did it meet my criteria Blokey Absolutely Possibly a bit too blokey for my tastes One character uses an arse rating which jarred with me though the over the top sexism and all round total bastard qualities of Hershey Valentine were so extreme as to be quite enjoyable Easy to read Undoubtedly Well written Definitely, as a straight up piece of escapist nonsense which stayed just the right side of vaguely credible, and as an enjoyable, fairly original thriller, this hit the spot.Set in England Absolutely I enjoy books set in London The book is also set in Margate and Broadstairs, and other nearby seaside places in Kent which was an added bonus The locations were a big part of the book s charm for me.Compelling Very much so By the last third I was gripped The plot doesn t bear too much scrutiny, and whilst some of the characters are fairly improbable, they all added to the fun And a great opening too.Funny Not really and certainly not laugh out loud funny as one reviewer claimed but it was mildly amusing with some original ideas As mentioned, Hershey Valentine s over the top fiendishness was a delight, Josh s inner thoughts were well expressed and had an everyman quality I could easily relate to, Konstantin was a great character, if completely implausible, and Claire s superficiality and comeuppance were smile inducing The Tourettes presentation seemed highly improbable given what else we knew about Josh So not funny as such but generally well observed and amusingly written.Other thoughts the ending didn t live up to the rest of the book and felt a bit pat It seemed to me that Keith Nixon reached his ideal book length and then just tied up the loose ends as quickly as possible I also feel something darker, or perhaps ambiguous, would have worked better in the context of the book, rather than the somewhat cliched happy ending.Overall, and on its own terms Stoner, The Road, or A Month in the Country it ain t , it was an enjoyable, somewhat inconsequential, well written piece of escapism, that scores high for me because of itsoriginal elements and its sense of place 4 5

  3. Col Col says:

    Synopsis blurb..Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking thenIt s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde A Synopsis blurb..Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking thenIt s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, he lives in Margate.Just when Josh thinks things can t get any worse his sociopathic boss Hershey Valentine winds up murdered and he finds himself the number one suspect As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sourcesPart fiction, part lies well, it is about banking and excruciatingly funny, THE FIX pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes This is a crime fiction novel with a differenceWhat Others Say With a brilliant cast of madcap characters strapped tightly in, THE FIX hurtles along at a cracking pace A hugely enjoyable debut novel from Keith Nixon Ian Ayris, author of Abide With Me Moves faster than a speeding bullet Can t wait forfrom Keith Nixon Tony Black, author of Murder Mile My take..After a brief outing with the Ancient Britains in Nixon s The Eagle s Shadow, I m back on terra firma now with The Fix.http col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2017 06I must admit when the book begins I was confused Different characters, different events some of which seemed to be conflicting, however it was a pleasant confusion, one where you are happy to read on in the knowledge that all will be revealed in good time Not the irritating confusion where you want to punch the author in the face and force feed them their book a chunk of pages at a time.We have a Russian tramp, a socially inadequate computer whiz cum hacker who pretends he s someone else a lot of the time, a sex addicted policewoman she s hot, Josh our victim of the piece, Hershey his arsehole boss and Claire his cow of a girlfriend Plus a fewto boot.An enjoyable plot as Josh s life gets turned upside down and he s in the frame for a missing 20 million Get out of that one sunshine.Humour, sex, pace, action, a great setting, some interesting characters and some fantastic writing whether its a bit of naval gazing from one of our characters..Life is, miserably, not that good to me Never has been, never fucking will be If I actually had the lack of good sense to believe in a God I would now know that he s a bastard who deliberately makes mere existence bloody complicated for the average you and me.or Nixon giving us our local landscapeIt s not the most pleasant of routes either To my right is a road that seems to carry sluggish cars and trucks whatever the time of the day Beyond the clogged arterial thoroughfare is a wide strip of sand and then the North Sea, an expanse of muddy brown water dotted with massive ships heading in and out of the Thames Beautiful it is not To my left is Dreamland, the lurid amusement arcade which is alight with neon, flashing tubes and bulbs It s a shabby throwback to yesteryear where the local chavs have always hung out Great if you want some drugs or black market Viagra Not so great if you want to keep your watch, wallet or dignity Walk quickly, look straight ahead and ignore the knock off Burberry is my rule.I really enjoyed this one My kind of book.4 from 5Keith Nixon s Dark Heart Heavy Soul, I m Dead Again and The Corpse Role await me Earlier books which have been enjoyed are Plastic Fantastic, Fat Gary, Dream Land and Russian Roulette in May 2017Published 2013Page count 208Source purchased copyFormat Kindlehttp col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2017 06

  4. Darren Sant Darren Sant says:

    The Fix caught me totally off guard I expected something a littleconventional for some reason What I got was a story that put two fingers up to convention and how refreshing it was The story structure is quite slow to build up, normally a frustration, but with this novel I didn t care I was enjoying main character Josh s cynical observations on life far too much The characters and humour were very much strengths of this novel Nixon delights in putting his characters through the wringe The Fix caught me totally off guard I expected something a littleconventional for some reason What I got was a story that put two fingers up to convention and how refreshing it was The story structure is quite slow to build up, normally a frustration, but with this novel I didn t care I was enjoying main character Josh s cynical observations on life far too much The characters and humour were very much strengths of this novel Nixon delights in putting his characters through the wringer.Josh Dedman commutes from Margate to London where he works for a large bank He despises all of his work mates and his boss Hershey Valentine His relationship with PR consultant Claire is dead in the water It s fair to say Josh has a crap life When Josh has the opportunity to score a few points over his boss he takes it in hilarious style Nixon gives us plenty of questions to be answered Who is the mystery blonde Josh meets on the train Why is new friend Jack going out his way to help him Meanwhile the bank is having serious problems with embezzlement issues and an unwilling patsy is needed Is Josh a Dedman walking The Fix was enjoyable for the anti heroes as much as much as the heroes Nixon is unafraid to use strong language and toilet humour at times to make a sceneeffective However, he never overdoes it to the point of gratuity An unusual novel, I hesitate to use the term crime caper but the comic element was a major part of the book The plot was well conceived and ultimately satisfying There were enough red herrings to keep the mystery readers happy I for one would love to readof the adventures of Josh Dedman A top not read that will appeal particularly to the British sense of humour

  5. Carrie Carrie says:

    Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking then It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, Murder Theft Sociopaths And Margate Just another day in banking then It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde And to cap it all, he lives in Margate Just when Josh thinks things can t get any worse his sociopathic boss Hershey Valentine winds up murdered and he finds himself the number one suspect As the net closes in Josh discovers that no one is quite what they seem, including him, and that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely sources Part fiction, part lies well, it is about banking and excruciatingly funny, THE FIX pulls no punches when revealing the naked truth of a man living a life he loathes This is a crime fiction novel with a difference Fabulously structured, it s quite hard to believe that The Fix is Keith Nixon s debut novel Short, punchy chapters take the reader on a fast paced thrilling ride, never once failing to hold the reader s attention.The opening line of this novel delivered the message loud and clear, in a rather quirky way, that this novel was going to be nothing less than an adventure If you like gritty realism and don t mind bad language, then I defy anyone not to be completely hooked by the first chapter The characters are something of a mixed bag I couldn t help but like the main protagonist, ironically named Josh Dedman Nothing at all goes right for this guy Or so we re led to believe But his ability to accept the sheer drudgery of his life and everything that s thrown at him makes him all theappealing Konstantin, the ex KGB Russian tramp who is something of an expert at robbing people, is equally as quirky and likeable Josh s heinously cruel girlfriend Claire and his equally nasty boss Hershey are less likeable but equally real, and all characters bring something important to the mix, creating a wonderful roller coaster of a ride that has one feverishly turning the page Keith Nixon is, without a doubt, a wordsmith He tells it like it is and does it very well indeed The dialogue is sharp, witty and thoroughly enjoyable Throw in some bad language and dark humour and the author has produced something which is nothing short of fantastic.Highly recommended read

  6. Les Edgerton Les Edgerton says:

    I love me some good black comedy and I just read one of the best of the year in Keith Nixon s THE FIX Josh Dedman is pretty much that a deadman His girlfriend cheats on him and then dumps him He gets blamed when 20 million pounds comes up missing from the bank he works at and he s blamed for that.But, all is not doom and gloom There are a few bright spots in his life He goes out of his way each day to get mugged by a homeless Russian bum, accommodating the thief to the extent that he buys c I love me some good black comedy and I just read one of the best of the year in Keith Nixon s THE FIX Josh Dedman is pretty much that a deadman His girlfriend cheats on him and then dumps him He gets blamed when 20 million pounds comes up missing from the bank he works at and he s blamed for that.But, all is not doom and gloom There are a few bright spots in his life He goes out of his way each day to get mugged by a homeless Russian bum, accommodating the thief to the extent that he buys cheap wallets to defray his mugging costs, and he meets an irritating guy on his daily commute who tries his best to bore him to death There s a mysterious sexy blonde And, yeah, those are the fun parts of his life.And then, just when it seems like it couldn t get any worse for him, his boss is whacked and he s the number one suspect With each development, I kept shaking my head and muttering, It could happen, it could happen This is the kind of corporate caper Joseph Finder might write if he spent a week studying everything Tim Dorsey ever wrote and then they collaborated.In fact, the Russian bum Konstantine who just happens to be an ex KGB agent who s fallen on hard times and who mugs him daily, can find his long lost twin brother in Florida Just ask around for Serge Storm This laugh out loud novel isthan just entertainment it s an object lesson for parents who wish to keep their sons away from a career in banking.This is one of those novels that I usually preface at the watercooler at work by saying, You gotta read this book You really do And then, once you ve finished it, join me in petitioning Mr Dixon to write a new novel starring Konstantine this is a character who surely deserves his very own novel.Blue skies,Les

  7. Book Addict Shaun Book Addict Shaun says:

    Also reviewed on my blog first off our main character Josh Dedman really must be one of the unluckiest men I have ever read about He is fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank he works at He is then dumped by his cheating girlfriend Both pretty bad right Well then his boss, Hershey Valentine just one of many fantastic character names is murdered and Josh becomes the number one suspect I went into this book with no huge expectatio Also reviewed on my blog first off our main character Josh Dedman really must be one of the unluckiest men I have ever read about He is fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank he works at He is then dumped by his cheating girlfriend Both pretty bad right Well then his boss, Hershey Valentine just one of many fantastic character names is murdered and Josh becomes the number one suspect I went into this book with no huge expectations, just expecting an enjoyable read and I certainly got that Josh isn t hard to relate to either especially for anybody that has ever had a nightmare boss, luckily I haven t but I could still empathise with him.I really loved the character of Josh Especially his outlook on life At times I am sick of my own life, for a few years now things haven t gone the way I would ve liked them to but I definitely wouldn t want to end up like this The plot was brilliant and left me with no idea whatsoever of how the story would progress Most people hate bankers, or at least have an opinion about them and this book pokes fun at them in a highly amusing way that I think people will really enjoy Josh is a really easy character to like and I was rooting for him throughout the book whilst wondering what had happened to the 20 million and how it would all work out for him Despite it being a bit of a satirical look at the banking word it s still a believable read with some realistic characters I m always intrigued by the City when I m in London It s like a whole different world within London with a fish market at bottom of it Nixon s writing was a highlight for me and reminiscent of somebody who has been published for years, not a debut novelist Very descriptive and written in a conversational way that the book just went by super fast for me and was over before I knew it It s a very comedic read and the comedy is brilliant and very, very funny Lies, twists, turns and brilliantly created characters with amazing names Claire Pigeon, Ian Culpepper, Mister Lamb , the book has it all Nixon has also captured his settings incredibly well, especially the bits in Margate Recommend this book to anybody regardless of what your usual genre of choice is I will definitely be looking out forbooks from Keith in the future

  8. Keith Nixon Keith Nixon says:

    The following 5 review is from the Books and Pals blog It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde Appraisal When I think comedic crime b The following 5 review is from the Books and Pals blog It s pre crash 2007 and financial investment banker Josh Dedman s life is unravelling fast He s fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank His long time girlfriend cheats on him, then dumps him His only friends are a Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGB and a really irritating bloke he s just met on the train His waking hours are a nightmare and his dreams are haunted by a mystery blonde Appraisal When I think comedic crime books, my immediate thought is Donald Westlake s Dortmunder series perhaps the most well known being The Hot Rock, which became a movie starring Robert Redford and George Segal In these books, mastermind Dortmunder and his gang of criminals commit a series of well planned crimes They re never caught, yet always end up empty handed in the end The comedy comes from the idiosyncrasies of the characters and all the ways their best laid plans go awry.In Keith Nixon s debut novel, The Fix, the characters provide plenty of comedic moments with their quirks, but rather than a criminal as protagonist, we have a main character accused of the crime who keeps bumbling his way in deeper, providing some humorous moments The protagonist, Josh, works for a bank, which also has some comedic moments, poking fun at the business world, not unlike what you might see in the movie and TV series The Office Unlike Westlake s humor, which at times could be almost slapstick like and might remind someone of The Keystone Kops, Nixon s humor issubtle, as in, Culpepper, being a banker, was as bereft of emotion as a corpse is of life As a former bank employee, this line really hit home for me.Josh is a likeable character The reader wants everything to work out for him Does he manage to come out unscathed Who stole the 20 million Does Josh manage to get the girl You ll have to read The Fix yourself to find out

  9. Martin Stanley Martin Stanley says:

    Set in 2007, a year before the financial crash, The Fix is about investment banker and everyman Josh Dedman He s having a pretty bad time of things He s framed and fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank where he works His miserable and unpleasant girlfriend pretty much hates his guts, when she isn t cheating on him He s unwillingly befriended by an irritating bloke on a train and evenunwillingly befriended by a foul smelling Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGBWhen the man Set in 2007, a year before the financial crash, The Fix is about investment banker and everyman Josh Dedman He s having a pretty bad time of things He s framed and fired after 20 million goes missing from the bank where he works His miserable and unpleasant girlfriend pretty much hates his guts, when she isn t cheating on him He s unwillingly befriended by an irritating bloke on a train and evenunwillingly befriended by a foul smelling Russian tramp who claims to be ex KGBWhen the man who framed Josh and just happens to be his boss is murdered he finds that he s the chief suspect And that s when things really start to get unpleasantI knew that I was going to like The Fix on page one when it started with I am f ed Anybody who can start a story like that is always going to get my attention Nixon throws the reader straight into the action and keeps them there for the duration of the story He takes a fairly complicated plot and spins it out nice and smooth, so the reader doesn t lose their way He alternates the sad sack first person narration of Dedman with third person viewpoints of several other characters, all written in terse, funny, effective prose The pace is fast with little fat to chew through to get to the meat of the story The main thing though is the characters And Nixon does good characters.Dedman makes a convincing everyman, but the supporting cast are just as clearly defined whether it s Josh s nasty, spiteful girlfriend Claire, his vile American boss, Hershey, or his friend Jack, whose bravado masks a few secrets And of course Konstantin Boryakov and Mr Lamb, who definitely qualify as my favourite characters and light up the tale whenever they appear.The Fix is a very good tale, well told It gets the right balance of laughs and thrills and comes highly recommended from this particular reader

  10. Kate Kate says:

    A sizzler of a book which moves at a cracking pace If I d not been introduced to the writer I wouldn t have picked it up on the cover alone as guns and bullets don t normally do it for me But this isthan crime fiction, it is crime literary fiction It reinforces what I ve always found it s not what you write so much as the way you write it The sort of book where you look forward to every invigorating sentence For instance I loved this line It s said that everyone s good at somethin A sizzler of a book which moves at a cracking pace If I d not been introduced to the writer I wouldn t have picked it up on the cover alone as guns and bullets don t normally do it for me But this isthan crime fiction, it is crime literary fiction It reinforces what I ve always found it s not what you write so much as the way you write it The sort of book where you look forward to every invigorating sentence For instance I loved this line It s said that everyone s good at something, which implies that we re terrible at lots of things The chapters are in small bite sized appetizing chunks which drive the pace One of the book s greatest strength are its colourfully drawn characters, most of them dodgy or seedy or both The story begins with the shooting of American banker Hershey Valentine, second in command at the bank where 20 million pounds has gone missing What follows, told mainly in flashback, is a lot of intrigue and double dealing which can lose you if you don t keep up, and nobody is quite who they seem I got to about half way and thought I had a good idea whodunnit but nothing so simple My favourite scenes involved the interplay between Josh and Jack from their first encounter on the train and the portrayal of discomfort and mismatch between what is said and what is thought to their evolving friendship Thinks Josh, Jack has a gradual degrading effect like a steady ongoing dose of radiation There are plentygritty and witty nuggets where that came from If there is any justice in the world this should be snapped up by a mainstream publisher who can give it the publicity, marketing and presentation it deserves

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