We are thrilled to welcome back Kate Sherwood to Sinfully on the tour of her new book Darkness, book three in the Common Law series. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Law vs. Justice
“The law is the dark shadow of justice. It does not shine. It's not even the same shape but it is connected. We know what cast the shadow and it's as close as we can get.” – Prof. Clemens in Criminal Law, 1989 (okay, not an all-time classic movie. But it’s got a great scene in which the damsel in distress clocks the psychotic killer with the ceramic lid off the back of a toilet, so I’m in!)
And killer-clocking aside, I’m totally in for explorations of the difference between laws and justice. I spent three long years in law school wading through Principles of Legal Research and Civil Procedure and Tax Law (in two damn parts), and I was intrigued by how even in the driest, most procedurally oriented courses, there was still an attempt to tie things in to the principles of justice or natural law. Our tax laws don’t operate in a vacuum; they’re based on an attempt to provide resources to allow us to run our society the way we think is best, and even the way the taxes are determined and collected are based on principles of social engineering (who should pay how much?).
So, yeah, I know there’s meant to be a connection between justice and the law. But justice is an ideal, and the law is concrete. The law is a blunt instrument. (the internet tells me that phrase is attributable to Neil Gaiman, but I really feel like I’ve heard it elsewhere. Anyway…) Like any ideal, when we try to apply it to the real world, it gets messy.
I loved exploring that mess in my Common Law series. Jericho Crewe is a cop. He’s sworn to uphold the law, and for quite a while he believes that this means he’s also upholding justice. But returning to Mosely, Montana and running into Wade Granger makes Jericho question a lot of what he’s been thinking for the last fifteen or so years. Wade’s a criminal with absolutely no respect for the law, but Jericho can’t say Wade doesn’t care about justice. And the deeper Jericho digs into the troubles of Mosely, the more he wonders whether following the law is truly the best way to give the citizens the justice they deserve.
It’s a fun set of ideas to explore. What do you guys think? What’s more important, following the law or doing what’s right? Or do you think the two things always go together?
Darkness (Common Law #3)
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 6th March 2017
Genre ~ Gay Romance Contemporary Mystery/Thriller
A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.
It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.
Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?
Series Reading Order
Long Shadows (Common Law #1)
LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he's back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications -- and, as always, Wade Granger complications.
Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends -- and then, after Jericho's escape, nothing. Wade's magnetism hasn't been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho's father, the old connection still sparks.
When Jericho's newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade's a terrible choice, but Jericho's never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he'd rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.
::: MARK’S REVIEW :::
Embers (Common Law #2)
Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.
He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.
With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.
::: MARK’S REVIEW :::
Meet Kate Sherwood
Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!
Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”--other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!
Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy--the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?
Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.
After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.
To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide GRAND PRIZE of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (once they go live) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Darkness tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!