Author: Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day
Reviewed by: Barb
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: M/M Thriller
ISBN 13: N/A
Sex. Murder. Blackmail. Revenge. Life in the Big Easy can be a real bitch.
Meet Jon Fox, a sexy New Orleans private detective with more family secrets than even he knows about. But his latest case is about to bring more to the swampy surface than Fox himself could ever have guessed—
A polite old lady with a plot to murder a stranger;
A mother whose secret sent her insane;
An uncle with complete control over the family empire;
A father whose suicide might once again tear his family apart;
And a hot, handsome, clueless blond with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Yes, meet Jon Fox. A New Orleans private detective whose complicated life…just got a little more complex
This story was a fast-paced, fascinating and complex mystery as well as a sweet and sexy romance. Principal characters Jon Fox and Tucker Wilder are drawn into a murder mystery when Tucker witnesses a shooting in an alley near his apartment. Jon was nearby and rescued Tucker as he fled from the scene.
Jon Fox is a private investigator, hired by a sweet little old lady, Betty Black, to find someone from her past for the bizarre reason that she wanted to be able to kill him. While trying to discourage her, he stumbles upon her meetings with a young man named Tucker Wilder. Initially he’s not sure if Tucker might be involved in something sinister or not, but he’s patiently staking him out to learn whatever he can about him. This is why he happened to be in the area when Tucker witnessed the murder.
Multiple adventures and escapes from near death ensue over the next few days as Tucker and Fox become closer and Jon realizes that Tucker is not involved in anything sinister, he’s merely doing research for a screenplay he plans to write. He does however seem to have an uncanny knack for drawing trouble his way.
Fox takes Tucker out to his family’s plantation in the suburbs of New Orleans, a plantation with a mansion and outbuildings sorely in need of repair and currently housing Jon’s mother, Samantha, who is suffering from dementia, and an old family friend, Virgil, who is cantankerous but loyal to the Fox family.
As Fox and Tucker are hiding out from the gang responsible for the murder Tucker witnessed, they begin to investigate the Fox family’s past. They find scores of memorabilia in the attic, including a packet of love letters that ultimately leads to Fox finding out about his mother’s past affair with a man named Clay Shaw and his father’s suicide. In the midst of all of this, Betty Black becomes another mystery to be solved. It looks like the man she wanted to find is none other than Clay Shaw.
Mix in voodoo, gang assassins, finding Clay Shaw, getting nearly killed again, and the inimitable writing styles of Geoffrey Knight and Ethan Day, and you have one long and crazy mystery adventure. This story has more plot twists and turns than a mountain goat path! I really enjoyed the writing in this one and found several scenes so funny I had to stop and wipe the tears from my eyes. It’s not a comedy, but the wonderfully humorous descriptions of people, places and things kept the story from being heavy.
I loved the secondary characters – on the whole they were well-developed and all important to the storyline. There were some disconnects for me with Jon’s mother, however. Through most of the story she was totally vague and displayed typical signs of dementia, then in the climactic life and death scenes she was presented as being highly lucid. On two separate occasions she clearly understood everything going on and was instrumental in helping others. Virgil was quite an interesting character and we finally got to see the events in his early life that had shaped his continued involvement with the Fox family. Jon’s secretary, Eva, Tucker’s aunt and cousin, and the family “patriarch” Miles, were all very realistically depicted and quite memorable. It’s not often that such a full cast of secondary characters remains with me long after I put the book down.
What I didn’t like was how the story ended. I was disappointed that the book ended without a HEA or HFN for Fox and Tucker. There’s hope for one in the future though, as there’s going to be a second part to the story. I’m really looking forward to reading it since not all of the “bad” guys were captured and there’s more evil ahead. I really want to see this couple again – they were terrific together.
I highly recommend this book to those who love an intriguing and challenging mystery and/or action/adventure/thriller accompanied by m/m romance.