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His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno - but is Reno all that he seems?
**This title contains gay erotic content**
©2008 - 2013 MLR Press (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
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4 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 07-07-13

And the Spirits say...

From the word 'GO' the journey of who 'dunnit' intrigues the reader, at least until near the end of the story. Though I suspected who the culprit was, I was often left questioning my conclusion several times throughout the tale. Lanyon is a great writer and he enthralls the reader to the very end of the story. Though I will confess that I felt that it dragged in some areas, understanding the specifics of the budding relationship between Perry and Nick added to the mystery. I almost was more caught up in that dynamic than the man with the hole in his shoe and the mystery. Almost...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-20-13

Enjoyable story, Narrator gets better

I recently discovered Josh Lanyon, in the Adrien English series, and was eager to read this story which I think is one of his early novels? The story was excellent, keeping in mind it was a much earlier example of his art.

Sometimes I enjoy a writer's work so much I forget to check out the audio sample to see if I like the narrator, before I buy the audio version. Because I require a narrator, not a reader, to fully enjoy an audiobook.

This narrator, Max Miller, at first almost disappointed me, the voice seemed so lacking in energy and the narration was flat. But liking the Josh Lanyon stories so much, I persevered, and thankfully found the narration quickly improved. The individual voices become well delineated after the first couple of chapters, and the background narration itself picks up energy and rhythm as the story progresses.

I am in the midst of reading and listening to all the Josh Lanyon novels I can find, and I definitely would buy another one narrated by Max Miller.

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2 out of 5 stars
By mee on 06-06-13

Gothic caper/cosy

The story is reminisant of good old fashioned cosies, Lots of scooby doo running around with hidden passages, strange characters and missing gems. Personally I still like them and so enjoyed this.

Characters are pretty standard Lanyon fare - big tough guy and slighter, weaker (in this instance asthmatic) guy who is the brains of the outfit. Not the most believable pairing, but I liked the grudging romance that develops between them, the pacing of it was nice.

The narration is good but I found the character voices distracting. Max Miller creates very different voices for each character and while credit is due his ability there, but for me they didn't sound right, Nick sounds bored and Perry very young; nationality probably has an impact there too - I'm british so less familiar with american accents.

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3 out of 5 stars
By elly gausden on 07-17-16

Thank god you can speed up playback

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He's soooooooo slow. Completely unbearable to listen to. I had to speed it up, which I've never done before. Just a dreadful performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By RelentlessRomantic on 05-24-17


This is my favourite Josh Lanyon story and I've read it several times. I love the seamless combination of wit, mystery and gentle romance. The narrator Max Miller was wonderful, making an old comfort read seem fresh again with his character voices and impeccable delivery.

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