A Dangerous Thing

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Adrien English Mystery Series #2

Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be ...

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Overview

Adrien English Mystery Series #2

Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them--no matter what the cost.

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Editorial Reviews

Diva Direct
A damn good read is the consensus for this witty, tightly plotted thriller, a follow-up to the popular Fatal Shadows. If you like your detective fiction to be gay and entertaining, this is the book for you. The bookish and ill-starred Adrien English finds his quiet vacation turning into a summer of dead bodies and sex-obsessed detectives."
Gaytimes - Colin Spencer
"Written in a terse and laconic style, this is an exciting and entertaining read."
Gay.com UK - Scott Matthewman
"Lanyon's second book is a riveting romp, moving along at an incredible pace. Detective Jake Riordan's coming to terms with his first relationship with a man manages to be touching without being cliche-ridden.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979311055
  • Publisher: MLR Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery 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 and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    The three M's are back!

    The three M's are back (murder, mystery and mayhem), along with Jake. Jake has his hands full with Adrien (literally) trying to keep Adrien out of trouble and find the murderer, before the murderer finds Adrien. Things are heating up between Jake and Adrien. And as the guys deal with their growing attraction with each other there's murder, werewolves, old Indian legends and haunted mines. Oh, My! Jake even has an encounter with the ole green-eyed monster when Adrien attracts the attention of young grad student. This one really had me going. It seemed the suspects were crawling out of the woodworks they all had their little secrets and possible motives. But don't worry, nothing is 'out of left field,' everything falling neatly in place by the breathtaking (in more ways than one) end. Josh writes an exciting mystery with a refreshing sense of humor, 'joshing' us with these little bits and pieces of the mystery. His secondary characters are very well-developed and just plain fun. There was a lot of anticipation the 'will they, won't they' variety and the 'what's going to happen next' page-turning kind. I love how Adrien seems to find trouble in the least expected places and Jake's weary resignation. I had so many favorite moments from the book, but Jake's 'And lady, what is with you?' moment just doubled me over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    Surprisingly Good...

    A quick, compelling read in which the author scatters the story across multiple, colorful characters and time. Just as a character closes in on a stereotype, the author illuminates a redeeming quality and brings the reader's interest back. The sexual tension built between the main characters was irresistibly satisfying, even though not consummated until 2/3 of the book was done! (It was worth the wait!). Adrien and Jake are familiar enough to be your neighbors down the street and now you know what happens under their sheets!

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