Friday, 7 December 2012

REVIEW, Don't Look Back by Josh Lanyon

Don’t Look Back
Series: --
Pub: 2012, Just Joshin’
First Pub:  2009, Loose Id LLC
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre: GLBT contemporary mystery
Format: iBook; 118p w/ 10 chapters
Whose: Peter & Mike
Age Range: adult

He was chuckling, a deep, sexy sound as he pushed Peter back on the satiny cushions. Was this for real? Was he going to go through with it? Peter blinked up as his tie was unfastened, tossed aside, his shirt unbuttoned, laid wide. The evening breeze -- scented of smog and jasmine -- felt cool against his overheated skin, like the lightest breath...

Peter Killian, curator at Constantine House in Los Angeles, wakes in the hospital to find himself accused of stealing a tenth century Chinese sculpture. Peter knows he’s not a thief -- but that’s all he knows. Why is hot and handsome Detective Mike Griffin so sure he’s guilty -- and so hell-bent on seeing Peter arrested?

And why is Peter having these weird dreams about an unseen lover who somehow reminds him uncomfortably of Michael Griffin?

I really like this book. Though I’m a growing fan of Lanyon so it’s not that surprising.
What was, was that this book wasn’t like the other mystery that I have read from him. And because of that, it seemed lacking a bit.
Great tale, once you get over that touch of disappointment. Which is even odder in my case because I prefer books without.

It’s about a guy, Peter, who loses his mind after seeing something he shouldn’t have, and the book goes on about him remembering again.
That too and men the cops trying to put him behind bars, with a little more attitude then he should have, along with a few murder attempts—that weren’t the initial one.  

But this book, though it went through the whole crime, it was more about the relationship with Mike, and getting his memories back. Which turned out to be one of the problems. Because, I feel, it took too long to get to that point. Great, if he was being more of a sloth, but as it was, he wasn’t looking into the crime, just kept on running into trouble.

I’m not saying this made it a bad book, because I loved it. I like the authenticity that Lanyon puts into his books when it comes to health problems. And his down to earth male characters—really, there’s just a point when you need a male voice that isn’t a emotion ball with, well, balls.
I enjoyed the read; it was quick and in every fashion a Lanyon work of art. 

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