Let’s talk about the characters in Hacked Up.
It’s set in Seattle, Washington and starts with a body being discovered. It’s a man who was stabbed in the back of the neck and had his genitals removed. Seattle Homicide Detectives Peter Tao and Jamey Nolan get the case.
Jamey is the mentor in the partnership and the two men are good friends as well. I struggled with writing their relationship at first and even thought they might end up getting together. That didn’t feel right at all so right away I went back and made their relationship strictly a friendship. But it was a close friendship and that comes into play when Jamey makes a confession to Peter regarding his marriage.
Peter is Korean and gay but is in the closet in his personal and professional life. Jamey does know, however, and has never cared in the slightest. In fact he teases Peter about it which was one of my favorite aspects of the relationship between Peter and Jamey. I watch a lot of cop shows and read a lot of mysteries and the connection between cops has always been intriguing to me. I went with the mentor relationship here but I also like it when they’re presented more as equals which is how I did it with In the Flesh.
I have several other characters in the story that I truly enjoyed. One is Bryce Carrick who becomes Peter’s love interest. I modeled him after Blake Carrington from Dynasty. Well, a younger, nicer version of Blake Carrington. He’s got a strength I admire even though he’s in a loveless marriage. He challenges Peter but never pressures him to change and accepts Peter as he is.
Molly Whitmore is a member of the Seattle Police Department but currently on desk duty because she messed up while in the field. Peter sees something in her and gives her a chance to prove herself by bringing her into the case. She takes the opportunity and runs with it and, thanks mostly to Peter, her confidence gets a boost.
Then there’s Azazil el Rasi better known as Aza. He’s part of the tech division and plays an integral part of the investigation. He’s a computer expert and knows how to get the information needed. He provides several of the biggest clues in the story that helps Peter get to the truth. I think Aza is bi-sexual and if I were to write a sequel I think he’d be the main character.
Those by no means are the only characters in the book. There’s also an angry ginger cop, a drag queen, and a man with no eyebrows. And they are all integral to the plot.
Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.
Readers can find Ethan online.
His books: http://www.ethanjstone.com/my-books