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When a FBI case to save young boys from a sex-trafficking network goes wrong, Xavier resigns and heads to North Carolina to take a job with the sheriff's department. Before starting his job, Xavier heads to a bar and picks up a guy for a hook-up. The night is hotter than either man expects, but that one night is all they're going to have. The department Xavier works for is different than expected, but the work becomes very familiar. It doesn't take long before Xavier is finding more clues and missing boys linking to his FBI case. And to Xavier's surprise, the man he hooked up with is closeted Assistant District Attorney Evan. Evan is not happy to find out that his one night stand is the new deputy, but he does what he does best and shuts it all down and pretends it doesn't exist. Evan doesn't have time for Xavier, he's too busy trying to please his power hungry boss and to figure out how the cocaine is coming into their town.
This is a difficult story dealing with sex-trafficking and I thought the authors did a great job with it. Though this isn't a true story, it's definitely one that is more common than many of us would like to acknowledge. Child sex-trafficking is a big issue and I commend the authors for tackling such a difficult subject.
As to the characters, I had a hard time with Evan's character. It was just hard to understand how someone who wants to do so much good in the world, could be such a pawn to his boss like he was. I could certainly understand his closeted behavior, though, it's the South! I liked Xavier. He didn't let anyone stop him from doing what needed to be done. He didn't care who it was, he would speak his mind and for a man in his position, that's exactly the behavior I would expect. And I loved that he went into his new position unwilling to hide who he was.
This story is narrated by Jim Pelletier, and honestly, something about it didn't work for me. This was a complicated story with many twists and turns, but I spent more time thinking about the narrator and less time focusing on the story. I can't say exactly what about the narrator and this story did not work for me, but it definitely didn't. I feel like this is a story that I would really like but I just wasn't able to focus on the story itself.
Though I wasn't a fan of the audio, this is a book that I'm going to read and see if that makes a difference. This story has all the things I love to read (well, I'm not a fan of child abuse of any kind, but you know what I'm saying), and I feel that reading the book would allow me to focus on the story. With the premise and what happens to the boys in this story, I should have been in tears, but I wasn't so I know my emotions weren't engaged in this audio. Once I read the book, I'll give the audio another chance to see if that makes a difference in how I feel about it.
Overall: 4 stars
Performance: 3.5 stars
Story: 4 stars
If you could sum up A Solitary Man in three words, what would they be?
Gripping, chilling, sexy
What other book might you compare A Solitary Man to and why?
I think it compared some to the Cole McGinnis Mysteries by Rhys Ford
Have you listened to any of Jim Pelletier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I don't think so.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book kept me on the edge of my seat. I held my breath a few times and yes I cried some as well.
Any additional comments?
The forward and Author's note at the beginning of the book sent chills down my spine. This book is a work of fiction but based on some actual events and things officers deal with.
I need to warn you that there are some very graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse and slave trafficking (which take place off-page) that are particularly gut wrenching.
Chance meets Xav at a bar and sparks fly. Little does he know that Xav is the new deputy working on a missing children's case . Xav is just as surprised when Chance walks in introduced as Evan, Assistant DA working on drug trafficking.
I am not going to tell you more since it will be spoilers and I want you to enjoy the mystery as it unravels.
The characters are intense, sexy, some funny and all fit their parts so well. the story is a good mystery suspense with lots of twists and turns. There is a little bit of romance between the two main characters and it is explosive when they do come together.
If you like Mystery/suspense, harsh topics, and some hot man-sex you will love this book.