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This is an okay listen that never lived up to its full potential. I appreciate male to male romance fiction that does not fit an overused pattern of being written as if it were a female romance bodice-ripper. I have three Josh Lanyon books in my library and I appreciate how this author writes stories about people who are doing things in the world and also happen to have a gay relationship to nurture or not, as the case may be.
I really enjoyed the mystery narritive of the story. What was problematic for me this time was the personal relationship between the two main characters and how that relationship was explained to us. Josh Lanyon is a female author who I think tries to provide a more realistic view of the male psyche and then many of her male to male romance female contemporaries.
Nonetheless, she can slip into using a cliched and hackneyed form of presenting male characters in a way that would be most pleasing to female readers and not actually indicative of the male emotional behavior. It can be a subtle difference but a difference there is. In the Lanyon books I have read, she certainly likes to have a "daddy" cop in the mix. As often as not, those characters are a bit stiff, and not in the more useful way.
And then there is Jason the main character, whom I really like. However, if I were an FBI agent I would want him nowhere near any important action I was involved with. Law enforcement officers, from the federal level all the way down, all have the same protocols for discharging firearms. In the climatic scene, special agent Jason violates that protocol in such a way that I would imagine an after-action review would see him benched - possibly for good. This was not done to show any inner turmoil on his part, but in order to make the scene evolve in a way that was more productive for the author. This choice took me out of the headspace of what had been a fairly well written scene.
And finally there is the narrator. The guy has got a perfectly fine voice which I would otherwise really enjoy listening to. However, he chooses to pop the last consonant of almost every word he says - even soft consonants like m or n. I never got used to it and fact found it highly distracting since it is an affectation used by Clint Eastwood, particularly in his Dirty Harry roles.
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Josh Lanyon is in fine form. It’s a good mystery and he wrote with the confidence to leave loose ends. I enjoyed this thoroughly.