The Hell You Say

The Hell You Say

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by Josh Lanyon
     
 

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Demons, death threats...
and Christmas shopping.
It's gonna be one Hell of a Holiday.

In the third in the popular Adrien English series, the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer has to contend with a Satanic cult, a handsome university professor and his on-again/off-again relationship with the eternally conflicted LAPD Detective Jake Riordan.

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Demons, death threats...
and Christmas shopping.
It's gonna be one Hell of a Holiday.

In the third in the popular Adrien English series, the "ill-starred and bookish" mystery writer has to contend with a Satanic cult, a handsome university professor and his on-again/off-again relationship with the eternally conflicted LAPD Detective Jake Riordan.

And, oh, yes, murder...

(This novel was previously published through Loose Id.)

Editorial Reviews

Book Utopia
"Have I made it clear yet how much I adore Josh Lanyon? I haven’t, you say? Then let me rectify that here and now. Aside from sharp prose – often funny, always hitting close to the emotional bone – he’s created a character I adore and want desperately to follow into the next book, and the next, and the next one after that."
Drewey Wayne Gunn
"Satisfying for a first read as a good beach mystery, for a second or third for reflection. Lanyon has joined Joseph Hansen in power and is now poised to surpass him."
Nose in a Book
"Josh Lanyon pulls you in from page one with a fast paced sleuthing adventure, wonderful characters, zippy dialog, brutal longing and sword through the heart devastation. Adrien gracelessly steps from ugly situation, to uglier relationship realities. He saves the day, predictably, but there is no prince charming to carry him off into the sunset. He is alone in a crowd, drink in hand on Christmas at the close of the book. It's solitary and leaves you trembling."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013820371
Publisher:
Just Joshin
Publication date:
12/11/2011
Series:
Adrien English Mysteries , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
259
Sales rank:
141,900
File size:
810 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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The Hell You Say 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third volume in Lanyon's mystery series is just as entertaining as the first two books. I love the complicated, evolving relationship between Adrien and Jake. Also, kudos to Lanyon for doing his homework; too many authors confuse Wicca and Satanism, but Lanyon knows better. Looking forward to the next book. -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so amazing
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These stories are consistently...the characters are fleshed out well and tales are well placed. On to the next in the series.
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Poor Adrien, always seeming a liitle off kilter, with so many new things thrown at him. Yet he keeps investigating and doggedly searches for the truth. Of course, being Adrien, what he often finds is a dead body. We see several new relationships with family, friends, and perhaps more than a friend. And while the mystery is solved at the end, I'm even more interested in continuing the series to discover more about those relationships. On to the next book!
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Bananas_mom More than 1 year ago
I just started this series and am really glad I did. I love Adrien and the way Mr. Lanyon writes his character. He's smart, funny and I love his sarcastic side. The addition of several characters to the series and the way Adrien's mother "pushes" him into the festivities is entertaining and adds a lightness to the darker side of the story. Definitely a must read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh doesn't disappoint (not that I ever doubted him) with his third highly anticipated 'Adrien English Mystery,' thrilling us with a devilishly-good mystery, tricking us with bewildering clues, treating us to a bewitching cast of characters, tickling us with his powerful wit and tantalizing us with Adrien's 'affaires de coeur.' In other words, the books just get better and twistier and yes, wittier. The book is filled with instantly memorable characters, written with a refreshingly brisk style of writing. But nothing feels rushed as the suspense evolves and the mystery unfolds. Adrien is a character that is easy to fall in love with - intelligent and determined, witty and generous. His generous nature leads to all sorts of complications in this latest AE mystery. Josh further sweetens the story by weaving in a few amusing subplots like: '50 ways to bond with your prospective father-in-law' or the B-side, 'How to plan a wedding in 30 days or less.' I'm sorry to say if a book doesn't grab me in the first few pages - I'm done! THYS not only grabbed me from the very first paragraph, it hung on tight and wouldn't let go. Heck, the cover of the book grabbed me! I would highly recommend this to *any* mystery lover and *anyone* who loves an 'entertaining' read. Josh described this book as 'sort of a pivotal book in the series,' which creates a mystery in itself. The story definitely had a darker-edge, plot wise and emotionally with several defining character moments for Adrien. I felt his despair when he drove a lonely stretch of highway and I applauded his defiance when he found himself flat on his back. I'm curious to see how the changes will play out in the next novel so I'll just impatiently sit tight, anxiously cross my fingers and positively trust Josh to treat Adrien right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Los Angeles Cloak and Dagger bookstore owner Adrien English worries about his clerk Angus, who has been receiving satanic threats over the phone. Feeling generous with Christmas coming and wanting the ¿Crank calls from the crypt¿ to stop, he gives Angus eight hundred dollars to leave town with his girlfriend Wanda for awhile. --- Adrien¿s in the closet lover LAPD Jake Riordan is mortified that he sent Angus out of town as he wants to ask the clerk what he knows about cults as he investigates ritual homicides. Meanwhile at a book signing at the Cloak and Dagger, author Gabe Savant announces he is researching a cult that he plans to expose in his next book. Adrien assumes this is a dumb publicity stunt. Instead he decides to follow up on who is threatening Angus. Since his clerk is also a teaching assistant at UCLA Adrien visits Angus¿ employer dynamic Professor Snowden. As the separate threads tie together into A DANGEROUS THING, Adrien realizes all hell has broken out with him as the focal point of unknown FATAL SHADOWS. --- The third English amateur sleuth tale, THE HELL YOU SAY, combines humor, satanic cults, and a realistic gay relationship into a superb mystery that will have newcomers (like this reviewer) needing to obtain the previous bookstore owner¿s escapades. Though this is the likable Adrien¿s show, Jake in many ways steals the plot as he hides his sexual preference from his blue knight peers while ripping the skin off of his lover for enabling Angus to leave town. Great characterizations especially Adrien¿s about to marry self-centered mom who totally accepts her son being gay and the handsome witty professor inside a fast-paced well written story line make for a fantastic tale --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this third Adrien English novel, Adrien¿s very odd bookstore employee has been receiving telephone threats, and in the interest of holiday goodwill ¿ and a possible a lack of truly good sense ¿ Adrien gives Angus money to take a vacation and basically get out of town. Unfortunately, a series of possibly satanic murders are linked to the absent clerk, bringing down the wrath of Adrien¿s very in-the-closet LAPD boyfriend. Despite the comprehensive exploration of Satanism, witchcraft, and the occult, THE HELL YOU SAY is much funnier than the first novel in this series, with Adrien as well being much more developed and complex as a character. There¿s a lot to enjoy in this mystery, with pop culture references, mystery ngenre lore, and of course, a mystery plot that keeps the reader sucked in until the very end. Adrien¿s relationship with his self-centered but ultimately very loving mother is both unique and believable. I was disturbed by Adrien¿s extremely rocky relationship with his boyfriend, but this only adds a much deeper element to the novel. I will definitely be ordering copies of this series for our library and hope that Lanyon will continue this series without waiting another five years for the next installment.