With the release of Closing Ranks, book four in Ethan Stone’s Flesh series, we are delighted to welcome the two main protagonists, Kipp and Rank, who have very kindly joined us for a chat.
Character Interview - Jeremy Ranklin and Kipp Mosley Part 1
We are here today talking to Jeremy Ranklin and Kipp Mosley of Closing Ranks fame. Thanks for being here. Can you each tell us a little about yourself?
Jeremy Ranklin: First of all, friends call me Rank. I’m an inspector with the Reno Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau.
Kipp Mosely: I’m a uniformed police officer with Reno PD. I haven’t been in Reno for long, but before this I worked in Seattle.
Can you each tell our readers what your first thought was upon meeting the other?
Kipp: I wasn’t sure what to think when I first went to speak to him. The IA in Seattle was an asshole. I was pleased when Rank was a decent guy. I thought he was attractive but was convinced he was totally straight.
Rank: Man, I had you fooled huh? I thought you were hot the minute I saw you. The whole bear cop thing really turns my crank, you know? I didn’t think I was going to do anything about the attraction, though.
Rank, how do you like working Internal Affairs?
Rank: I enjoy it a lot. IA needs good inspectors, and I believe I fit the bill. TV and movies have given IA a bad name. We’re always presented as douchebags, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m there to help my fellow cops out; I’m not out to hang them. The only cop who should be afraid of me is a bad cop.
Kipp, as a Uniformed Officer, do you see it as a conflict of interest being involved with an IAB investigator?
Kipp: It could be a sticky situation if he had to investigate me, especially since he couldn’t go to his boss and tell him the truth. So far that situation hasn’t come up yet.
Rank, not many people know about your sexual orientation. Is that something you see ever changing?
Rank: Honestly? No, I don’t see myself ever coming out of the closet. I have my reasons, and I’m not sure there will ever be a time I’m comfortable being open. I have the utmost respect for everyone who does come out, especially cops like Kipp or Detective Flesh. I respect their choices, and I just ask they respect mine.
Kipp, how is it knowing that you may never be able to be open about your relationship with Jeremy?
Kipp: It’s not ideal; I’ll admit that. But we’ve made it work so far. I’m a somewhat private person anyway so I’m okay with people not knowing every little detail about my personal life. I never hid my sexuality, but that was my decision. Rank has made a decision to stay in the closet. If being with him means hiding our relationship I can deal with that. It’s worth it.
Rapid Fire Time
Coffee, black or doctored?
Apple or Android?
Pickup Truck or Sedan?
To-may-to or to-mah-to?
Rank: What the fuck does it matter?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Rank: Star Wars.
Kipp: Star Wars, of course.
Closing Ranks (Flesh #4)
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date: 20th October 2015
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Gay Fiction
Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.
Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp's and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.
I PULLED the hood of the gray jacket over my head to shield myself from the rain and scurried into the alley.
Glancing around, I didn’t see anybody. They were supposed to be there. It was the time we had agreed on.
“Hello?” I called out, my voice an octave lower than normal. That was partially due to the wet weather and partially because I wanted to disguise my voice a little. It didn’t really matter, since the man I was there to meet had never met me before.
“Hello?” I shouted again, this time a little louder.
The headlights of a car in front of me came on, blinding me. I covered my eyes and stepped back. The driver and passenger side doors opened, and I could make out the forms of two people. One, somewhat short and stocky, made me relax. Things were going as planned. The second person, the man I was really there for, stepped forward.
“Are you Ruskin?” His voice was very deep and animalistic.
I nodded. “You’re Nicky Pointer, right?”
He didn’t answer my question but came closer. He towered over me by at least five inches. “Mosely says you have information that could bring down Anthony Zion.”
The other man left the shadows. I looked his way and nodded a greeting.
“I’m glad you came, Ruskin,” Kipp Mosely replied.
I hugged myself and stared at the ground. “I just want to be done with this. You have to protect me. Zion will kill me if he finds out what I know.”
Anthony Zion, Reno’s resident mob boss, was responsible for most of the drugs in the area as well as several other criminal enterprises.
“What exactly do you know?” Pointer asked.
I peered up at him. “You’ll take care of me, right?”
“I told you we would,” Mosely replied.
Meet Ethan Stone
Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.
Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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