Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: April 2013
Genre: M/M contemporary romantic suspense
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by: Keldon
This is the third book in Rhys Ford’s “Dirty” series.
Cole, a cop turned private investigator, takes on yet another convoluted case while negotiating the troubled waters of his relationships with photographer Kim Jae-Min and newly immigrated Japanese half-brother Ichiri.
The case begins when Korean fortune teller Madame Sun shows up at Cole’s door. Three of her clients are dead, and she’s convinced there’s a plot underlying the whole thing; other clients could be at risk. So begins the unraveling of clues, with many players and complicated interactions. As usual, Cole tries his best not to break his promise to Jae: no more gunshot wounds. But stabbing doesn’t count, right?
On the romance side, Jae’s family situation comes to a head, and the resulting fallout rains down on Cole and Jae. Retired cop and sometimes co-investigator Bobby assists with the case as well as Cole’s personal demons, and Cole’s gal Friday Claudia is back in the mix, offering tough love and blueberry pie.
The plot is fast-moving, and there are not many opportunities for the reader to take a breather. Cole and Jae are engaging and easy to root for as the unseen villain kills again and again. The romance in this book is more heart-wrenching than in the other two, and Ford’s writing style amps up the emotion. In the end, a surprise visitor appears, leaving the door open for yet another “Dirty” story.
The cast of characters is large, and I found myself flipping back to reread sections, trying to keep everyone straight. I appreciate the detail that went into the plot, but less intricacy would have made it easier to follow. This is my main criticism of the book. Otherwise, an excellent read that I finished in a couple of sessions. Looking forward to more “Dirty” books from this author. In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with rereading the three I have.
The is an objective review.