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Posted October 20, 2011
First-year, young high school English teacher Skyler Foxe is back, as he continues his budding relationship with hunky Biology teacher/assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. It's "getting to know you" time for the couple, and that is brought along a bit too prematurely (and in contexts Skyler would rather have avoided) by Keith's encounters with Skyler's colorful friends, most of whom are former tricks and may be somewhat jealous of Keith.
One night, out at a gay bar, Skyler runs into Evan and Jeff, a couple he met originally back in college, who had joined the military. Unfortunately, Evan lost a leg in Afghanistan, and - back when "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was still the rule - Jeff got a dishonorable discharge when his efforts on Evan's behalf disclosed the fact that they were a couple. Skyler vows to help them in any way he can, although he could not have anticipated the call he got a few days later, when it appeared Evan is shot, and Jeff is arrested on suspicion of pulling the trigger. Despite the warnings of Skyler's best female friend, Detective Sidney Feldman, Skyler gets involved in investigating the murder, trying to prove his friend innocent, and runs into a connection to someone at his school.
As the author explains, this is the second (after "Foxe Tail") of three novels in the series that will solve an ongoing mystery about Keith's mysterious, sketchy background, a constant concern for Skyler and his friends. But each book has its own well-written mystery (in this case, as described above) that is solved within its pages. I'd recommend reading them in order, for a complete picture of the ongoing saga, but you can enjoy them separately as well. Actually liked this one slightly more than the first. Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine