Although Mr. Lanyon has written that he tires of writing novel length mysteries, I can only hope that the fire will reignite. I've read 80% of Mr. Lan..Show More »yon's work and prefer his Adrien English and Holmes and Moriarity novels best. It's the traditionalist in me. Short stories are fine literary mediums, but I prefer to work the little gray cells in my own head at the same time his detectives work their's. "The Boy with the Painful Tattoo" is written in the first person through the eyes of mystery writer Christopher Holmes. Mr. Lanyon steps into his character's voice with confidence even though he has not written a book in the series for four years. There is a paucity of developed characters which makes for a small suspect list, but the identity of the murderer or murderers is not obvious. The San Francisco back drop is a nice milieu that gives a Hitchcockian "Vertigo" noir-flair to the story. Although this is gay fiction set in San Francisco, the Castro never appears. Perhaps Mr. Lanyon was attempting to avoid the cliché. I bought the e-book and the audiobook and found them both to be good reads and good listening. This is the fifth book I purchased that has been narrated by Kevin R. Free and he does his usual fine job. The cameo contained in this book was a very nice treat. I recommend this book and the entire series to your kind attention.