A NEW crime thriller novel featuring the investigation into the death of a woman whose body is found on the Hinkley C construction site has been published.

Damien Boyd, who lived in Burnham-on-Sea but now lives in Devon, is the author of the international bestselling DCI Nick Dixon crime series.

The popular series of crime thrillers follows the exploits of Nick Dixon, a detective inspector in the Avon & Somerset Police, based at the police centre at Express Park, Bridgwater.

The eighth novel in the series, Dead Lock, was published in May 2018 and the series has now sold over two million copies worldwide.

Damien said: “In the ninth instalment of the series, Beyond The Point, Nick is on the trail of a vicious serial killer and I’d particularly like to thank EDF Energy, who were extraordinarily generous with their time during the research stage for the book; and for allowing me to set large parts of the novel inside the Hinkley Point C construction site.”

In the story, when the body of a young woman is found on the building site of the nuclear power station, work grinds to a halt.

“The body bears all the hallmarks of yet another random murder at the hands of the escaped killer. Then Dixon finds a motive,” Mr Boyd said.

“Fighting for his place on the Major Investigation Team, he soon uncovers a family’s desperate search for the truth, exposing a web of corruption and death that will shake the billion pound construction project to its very foundations. But, who can be trusted when so much money is at stake?”

Damien produces stories based on his own experience from 25 years in the legal profession, including a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service.

Ahead of the publication of the ninth instalment, Damien will be signing copies of Beyond the Point at an exclusive pre-launch event at GW Hurley in Burnham-on-Sea at 10am on Saturday May 18.

Beyond the Point will be officially released on Thursday, May 23 and will be available in ebook, paperback and audio formats.

Damien is already working on book ten in the series, set on the Sedgemoor battlefield.