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After Emery Hazard loses his job as a detective in Saint Louis, he heads back to his hometown - and to the local police force there. Home, though, brings no happy memories, and the ghosts of old pain are very much alive in Wahredua. Hazard's new partner, John-Henry Somerset, had been one of the worst tormentors, and Hazard still wonders what Somerset's role was in the death of Jeff Langham, Hazard's first boyfriend.  

When a severely burned body is discovered, Hazard finds himself drawn deeper into the case than he expects. Determining the identity of the dead man proves impossible, and solving the murder grows more and more unlikely. But as the city's only gay police officer, Hazard is placed at the center of a growing battle between powerful political forces. To his surprise, Hazard finds an unlikely ally in his partner, the former bully. And as they spend more time together, something starts to happen between them, something that Hazard can't - and doesn't want - to explain.  

The discovery of a second mutilated corpse, though, reveals clues that the two murders are linked, and as Hazard gets closer to answers, he uncovers a conspiracy of murder and betrayal that goes deeper - and closer to home - than he could ever expect.

©2017 Gregory Ashe (P)2018 Tantor

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Must listen to whole series!!

The main takeaways I get with this wonderful book is 1) it is a really engaging mystery, 2) it has well written, well developed MCs that are flawed and have a lot of baggage, and 3) this is a romance over a series of books, a la Adrien English mysteries series. This first book is an intro to the characters and their background together. Hazard is a detective who left his small town because of the homophobic atmosphere and abuse he experienced as a kid. Somers was one of his childhood torturers who is seeking redemption and not going about it in a healthy way. They are thrust together as partners and have to navigate a minefield of the past, small town politic surrounding a murder, and secrets they have been keeping. But in reading the blurbs for the other books in the series, it seems that starting this series is an investment in completing the series to get to the HEA. Are the characters and writing worth the investment? I say YES!!

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Absolutely fabulous

I had to stop while listening to this story, to catch my breath, to digest the story, to eat. This story was long, but engrossing, and thoroughly enjoyable. I plan on listening again to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It was great, a real treat. Nico or John Henry, that is the question.

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Good mystery with exceptional audio.

I love mysteries. This one was very interesting and intriuging though I was able to guess who was the perpetrator. I think it's because I've read hundreds and hundreds of mystery booksThere were also some flashbacks in the common past of two main protagonists that helped to understand their characters. The performance was also exceptional. Tristan James is one of my automatic to buy narrator. I am glad that I bought this first installment of a series. there are three books so far with an audio and six in total. I hope that all six will be voiced. Thanks to both: Gregory Ashe the author and Tristan James the narrator for such a great beginning.

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  • White River Junction
  • 11-14-18

excellent!

great to find a gay storyline without sex being the primary focus. Can't wait to read book 2!

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An engaging mystery.

Overall an entertaining mystery. Suspense, drama, and action in all the right places to keep me listening.

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Amazing!

The author really developed the characters well. Nothing moved too fast and left us wanting for more, and delivered it in future novels. The mystery was interesting and wanted me to listen further. I can’t wait to see how Hazard and Somerset’s relationship will develop.

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Complex, Exhilarating Mystery

Tristan James does a fantastic job of bringing this tight, complex, thrilling story to audio

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Good Book and Tristan James as narrator!

I bought this because I pulled up all that Tristan James had narrated the book. I really enjoyed this story, so much I bought the
rest of this series! I am the type of person who loves a 4 or more book series. I am not going to write about the story, enough people will do this. I hope the author keeps using Mr. James to narrate.

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i just read the book and now fantastic

i loved the book and thought the series was great. so happy it is in audio. That being said where is the southern accent? Where is the nuance in tone. I need more than adequate reading. I think a different narration style is needed. The voices of the author does not match the voice of the narrator. Recommend reading the book sorry tristan.

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  • Mary
  • 09-19-18

great story, great narration

great cop story with lots of UST. Fab narration, I bought book 2 straight away.

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  • alex
  • 11-19-18

Very slow very confusing

I decided on this following other reviews. it is droll and long winded and I keep having to rewind as I keep getting lost. it's all over the place.. Very boring.. I've managed about 5 chapters and given up.. Very boring

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