Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them - no matter what the cost.
©2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2013 Josh Lanyon
Can a change of venue stop a case of writers block? Adrien sure hopes so, but the first thing that greets him at his ranch is a dead body, that then disappears. The local police think he's a over excitable fellow, there are strangers on his land, saying that he gave them permission to dig there, his property caretaker is nowhere to be found, there is cannabis growing in his hills, and stories of ancient guardians seeking vengeance. After an accident finds him waking up in the hospital, Jake's there to help him uncover the truth and get to the bottom of it all. But who can write with all these distractions?
Yes. Josh Lanyon's prose is so good, and his ability to weave trivia and facts and romance is unmatched in my opinion.
Jake Riordan: a fascinatingly complex character.
I enjoyed the first book, I've only got a bit left in this book and just so I wasn't waiting, I snagged the next book! I'll admit that the author isn't as polished as some but it's that unpolished writing that I think makes the story more fulfilling. I've fallen in love with the characters and most times I have to chuckle not a joke but at the portrayal of life - those moments where you say to yourself, "yeah, I'd say that too."
Like the first book, the narration is good though the studio recording seems to feel spliced - sometimes the narrator is loud, other times soft. It's minor but probably my only real complaint.
This is a well-plotted story. It moves along in a contrived, written for the movies pace. The mind of the author is inventive, and the scenes it describes are full, and complete. The reader/listener feels part of the plot.
But perhaps I can complain about the explicit nature of some descriptions. I felt, while listening, that I was meant to enjoy this, and to feel more connected with the characters as a result, but I only felt that the author was pushing this too far, and that it was too much information,and put into the book as a hook for shock value.
Some subtlety would be welcome here. I love the characters, and would want to hear more from them.
The second in the Adrien English series is definitely a great book. I've got a couple of his books in my library - good thing, because these are the types of stories you end up going back to.
I've really begun to appreciate Lanyon's style, primarily because he doesn't have an overt style. Seamlessly he adapts to the narrative, each book unique in it's own way. I listened to this book right after "Come Onto These Yellow Sands" expecting the same, and it took me a little time to adjust to the style of the first Adrien English book. Both books are excellent - this man has literary chops!
Oh, and incase you missed it, the hottest sex scene bar none.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I was bored. I still want to finish this, b/c I finished book 1 but... I am pretty bored. I kinda already know what is gonna happen and this is supposed to be a mystery...
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