Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Brief: Crossfire by Jon Keys

crossfireTitle ~ Crossfire

Author ~ Jon Keys

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 18th July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Thriller





Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn’t too late in coming.

Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood’s tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy Jacob, by his father.

In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father’s apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, it seems they are thwarted, especially when Gabriel turns up missing.

Reader Advisory: This book contains gun violence and an instance of domestic abuse.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised, re-edited and substantially expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.


Sally’s Book Brief

I do love a good cop story and this one offered a double helping – plus perhaps some insight into how policing works in the US. We still have sheriffs but they are a ceremonial appointment with no law enforcement duties. It's also quite short but packed a lot into its pages.

Rick is a specialist crime scene officer, called in after the event to tease out as much information from the debris as possible. He's a big buff butch type and a magnet to Jacob, the lonely child next door who is desperately in need of a benign and sympathetic father figure. Gabriel is far more the home-making type, without being feminised, which I appreciated. The two have a rock solid relationship based on a mutually respectful partnership and they are both highly competent, and I appreciated that very much too. It's not the relationship that's at risk here but a good solid thriller plot where lives are on the line if Rick doesn't put two and two together in a very limited time.

There was something quite laconic in the style that I enjoyed. As I said, it's not a long book, so there's no great sweeping description of the setting, but just enough to get enough of a mental image to be going along with. Action is key and that is handled well, again with no superfluity of description. Jacob isn't one of those saccharine cutesy-poo kids you want to push in a pond, but a small, confused, terrified boy that made my heart bleed. In addition to the peril offered by the kidnapper there's another countdown, putting both Jacob and Gabriel at risk of death or disability. The problem and the risk it offered was sympathetically handled.

If you're in the mood for a fast read with a couple of strong heroes and a satisfying ending, this would be worth a look.

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