Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?
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No, the are equally good each in their own way. What's remarkable is that Lanyon's skillful writing translates so well into the audio medium. He puts precise, witty dialogue on the page that gives each character a distinctive personality and voice. All that comes across vividly in Chris Patton's skillful vocal enactment.
Well, Adrien, of course; an sympathetic, quirky character who is, as another character says, "something of a wise-ass."
After Adrien, the most complex character may well be Riordan, the enigmatic, macho homicide detective.
But Adrien's faux-French black restaurateur pal Claude is right up there.
And let's not forget Adrien's overly-doting socialite mother, Lisa.
I suppose the very last one, where Riordan says,"This won't be easy, Adrien," causing Adrien to smile.
Makes you impatient for a sequel.
But the scenes where Adrien tries to communicate with Angus, the Goth temp store clerk, are hilarious.
The most appropriate would be the two lines from the Elizabethan dramatist that give the story it's title:
"Our acts, our angels are, for good or ill
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."
But for today's audiences you'd have to dumb it down to something like:
"SHADOWS FROM THE PAST CAN KILL!"
If you like a an exciting, romantic mystery, written in a literate and witty style, this is the story for you.
Just finished this book and though I figured out who the culprit was half way through, I enjoyed the journey to revelation. The dialogue between Adrien (with an e) and Jake at the end, makes me want to get the next part of this series. The tale provided by Josh Lanyon was a good read and Chris Patton's narration added to the story. A great book...
Yep! The story was quite compelling and the narrator did an excellent job.
Oh yeah. It was a slow build on mystery, yet things kept happening in story to keep the interest going. This audio actually sets a pace that slows you down to get the full impact of the storyline..No rushing through like you do a book, especially when it starts to get suspenseful. Things you might miss while reading are picked up while listening to an audio version.
Good voice characterizations. Not a drone!Actually brought the characters and story to life.
Would love to hear the rest of the series done by Chris Patton.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
This is my first listen from this author, and one of my first listens in the mystery genre. I have to say Josh Lanyon has me hooked! The storyline was captivating, but did not quite keep me on the edge of my seat. The characters were very likeable and realistic, and even though I was able to guess the culprit by the middle of the book, his motivation was not revealed until much later.
Overall, it is an excellent listen. Chris Patton is an above average narrator, neither distracting or annoying, and really added something special to the whole experience.
One huge advantage (in my opinion) to other gay novels I have listened to is that the sex scenes in Fatal Shadows are more tasteful and less graphic. They are still there, and they are still hot, but they are fairly short, so they don't distract the reader from the storyline.
Chris Patton's performance of the characters was a treat. I heard from others that they liked his performance, and now having heard him myself - I can say that Josh really picked someone who interpreted the characters of Adrien and Jake superbly.
Josh Lanyon writes like no other m/m writer. Yes, I am a fan, but the reason I become one is because of the polish and thoughtful construction he puts into his stories. Almost everyone who has read Adrien English falls in love with Adrien with an 'e" and Jake. Josh writes with humor and flawed characters that endear themselves to the reader.
No, but I can't wait to hear more of his performances.
That's tough because you fall in love with both main characters, but I think I would love to go out to dinner with Claude (a secondary character) just for the sheer entertainment of hearing him dish the dirt in a faux French accent.
If you are a Josh Lanyon fan then why not treat yourself and add to your collection. It's a great for a commute.
Excellent writing, and wonderful detective story! It keeps you guessing who is the real killer till (almost) the last moment. The main charater (Adrien) is very likable and the supporting cast is revealed as more than one dimensional. I was slightly thrown when the story ended before any action between Adrian and his love interest (I won't spoil it!), only to discover that there is a second book.I can't wait to get it now! Laynon shows that he is up there with the other great crime authors. The fact that he also adds in steamy m/m romance is a big, big bonus. I will definately be searching out other books by him. Patton also gives a great performance.
the plot, the characters, Adrien! His mother! Claude! Chris Patton!
Anytime claude spoke, Chris pulled off the pseudo accent so well!
I really liked the end.
The scene with sex scene toward the end. so creepy.
After reading the entire Adrien English series I was looking for a way to introduce Josh Lanyon's work to a dear friend of mine who didn't have the opportunity to read the books. But I knew he liked audiobooks. So I was excited to find "Fatal Shadows" listed at audible.com. After listening to it myself first, I can say in all honesty that the tone of the story is successfully translated into sound thanks to Chris Patton's sensitive use of his fabulous voice.
From the very start the listener gets a mental image of the characters involved and is drawn into the plot as Adrien's story unfolds. There is murder, suspense, old friends and handsome strangers, and the question of whom to trust.
Although I'd never dare to question Josh Lanyon's excellent choice of title, if asked what alternative I would have chosen instead of "Fatal Shadows" it would be something along the line of "A Wounded Heart" or "Perpetual Check".
Hopefully Chris Patton is going to record the other four books of the Adrien English mysteries as well. I'm looking forward to their release in the near future.
i love the adrien english series....
the mystery is there... and adding the "romance" of protagonists
it works....and the purple prose is non existent!
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I read this story a few months back and recently listened to the audio of books 3-5 in this series.
So, of course I needed to listened to this was one and was once again completely enraptured in Chris Patton's voice. He is such a fantastic performer.
The sexy roughness as Jake (that sexiness went beyond the call of duty in book 5, my favorite so far), and of course the sweet almost innocent sounding Adrien English is all performed so beautifully.
Even the other characters are performed wonderfully.
His voice just adds magic to an already amazing story!
LOL. I think I wrote this in another review, Adrien literally just walks into danger...no matter how hard he tries not to.
This truly is a great mm romance mystery series. Just need to finish with book 2 now.
"Great story and audiobook"
This is my first Adrien English story by Josh Lanyon and i loved it. Chris Patton's narration was superb, his tone dry and witty, he is just perfect. I can't wait to listen to them all.
"Excellent version of Fatal Shadows"
I have only recently got into audio books, having concentrated primarily on print and then electronic, and have begun to dip my toes in the water by getting audio books of titles I already own in other formats, which means that I knew in advance that I liked the first installment in the Adrien English series (good mystery, slow burn buildup of the relationship (in the broadest sense) between him and Jake, engaging character voices). The narrator is very good and brings the individual characters to life and the delivery when Adrien is narrating rather than talking to another character comes across as very noirish which I thought was appropriate and, at times, very funny (for the right reasons.)
All in all I enjoyed this version of the book and will happily move between the print, eBook, and audio versions depending on my mood and location. If you're looking for a light, noirish, modern murder mystery with a great main character then I do recommend this.
My *only* criticism of the narration is that when a character speaks in a low voice, sotto voce for example, the sound level dropped so much it was hard to hear. I use headphones at work, so if I had it loud enough to perfectly hear the quiet bits, I'd be deafened in the normal sections. With speakers it's fine, though.
This is the first gay murder mystory I've ever had the fotune to listen to- I must admit I found it riviting stuff especially in the capable voice of C Patton who lent a real sense of suspense and drama to the story. It may not be highly original or entirly convincing (*spoiler alert* - the protagonist being a rather unhealthly weak-hearted liberal winning the attraction of the cop at the end of the story seemingly out of the blue, nor the rather incongruous actions of the antagonist of the story), but it was very entertaining and the camp humour and drama was played out very well!
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