Fatal Shadows : Adrien English

  • by Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • Series: Adrien English
  • 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Your Typical Mystery Novel with a Gay Twist!

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.
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- Paul Luthi "I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!"

A Good Mystery, Well Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Fatal Shadows to be better than the print version?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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:


Any additional comments?

If you like a an exciting, romantic mystery, written in a literate and witty style, this is the story for you.

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- Tony Squared "Book Freak"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2012
  • Publisher: Josh Lanyon