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Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he’s heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam “On the Beach.” Now he’s got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a legendary serial killer known as The Crow in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.
Deputy Sheriff Robert Haskell may seem laid-back, but he’s a tough and efficient cop — and he’s none too thrilled to see feebs on his turf — even when one of the agents is smart, handsome, and probably gay. But a butchered body in a Native American museum is out of his small town department’s league. For that matter, icy, uptight Adam Darling is out of Rob’s league, but that doesn’t mean Rob won’t take his best shot.
As much as I complain about Lanyon’s shorts not being long enough, I’m not entirely sure that his style works with longer books. At least maybe just not with this one.
I like Adam Darling, the FBI agent with a mistake in has past that breeds a bit of a chip of uncertainty on his shoulder.
I like Robert Haskell, the small town cop with a bleeding heart.
I just didn’t entirely connect with either of them…and in turn with them as a couple.
But this I could probably get past.
Throw in the mystery within a mystery within mystery, past, present, far, near, is-he-gay, is-he-not-gay, and the myriad of characters introduced briefly…I was kinda disinterested. To be honest, I didn’t really care about whodunnit. And whoalsodunnit. (apparently there *might* be more than one murderer here…)
The biggest thing I cared about was how Lanyon casually throw in “Tucker”, Adam’s ex boyfriend who he wasn’t sure he was over. And of COURSE I freaked OUT that it was most likely Tucker from Fair Game/Fair Play and I was so conflicted because I LOVE Elliot & Tucker…I don’t even want to believe there was anyone else for either of them. ha!
But I digress…
All in all, it was a decent read…not brutal or painful or anything. Just not entirely inspired and not my favorite Lanyon.