>Review: Fair Game by Josh Lanyon


*Note: This review contains references to GLBT*

Fair Game
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him-but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus-and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Josh Lanyon has written a real page-turner. The plot is well thought out with the right amount of tension. The characters are well rounded, flawed, and sympathetic.

Elliot Mills is resentful of losing the life he loved and that resentment flares at some inopportune times. Lance Tucker said some things to Elliot that he regrets but can’t take back. As they meet again for the first time in seventeen months, it’s difficult to let bygones be bygones and they’re soon at each other’s throat.

But their animosity must be pushed aside to solve the disappearance of some young men on campus. No one wants to believe Elliot when he determines the disappearances are connected. But a search of police records reveals that he’s right – they’re looking for a serial killer who preys on young men.

For years, the killer has stayed under the radar, but with Elliot sniffing around, he has to take action to protect his turf. Elliot becomes his target, but Lance is determined to protect him. Now they’re forced to reexamine their past relationship and forgive words spoken in the heat of anger. They must also learn to say what’s on their hearts if they intend to have a future together.

A well-written thriller with wonderfully masculine gay characters who somehow bring out the best and worst in each other. The character arcs are as solid as the plot and I couldn’t put it down until I found out who the killer was at the end. At different points in the story, I thought I knew his/her identity only to be proven wrong. There’s some sex, but it’s in context with the story and rounds out the characters. Great writing.

Find Josh Lanyon:
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Book provided by Carina Press (NetGalley).


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