Police Chief Thomas Lynch investigates the disappearance of a six-year-old boy with a serious medical condition while coping with disrespect from townspeople and colleagues who don't like the fact that he's gay. It’s two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is already on the rise and the police seem to be making mistakes left and right. Further complicating matters, Lynch, still new to town, finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague, someone struggling to accept working with a gay chief of police. With time ticking away, Lynch is beginning to doubt whether he’ll be able to bring Cody home safely . . . and whether Idyll could ever really be home.
About the Author
Stephanie Gayle is the author of Idyll Threats, the first Thomas Lynch Novel, and My Summer of Southern Discomfort, which was chosen as one of Redbook's Top Ten Summer Reads and was a Book Sense monthly pick. Gayle has also published stories and narrative nonfiction pieces, including two Pushcart Prize nominees.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second in a series and although in each book the mystery to be solved is self contained, there is such great character development from book to book that I think you should start at book one and then proceed to this book. The second book is back with Chief Thomas Lynch at the center of the story and his secret is out. He can now possibly live his truth, but is he ready for it! There were a few little mysteries along with the big one in this book and I liked that a lot. The big mystery was entertaining but I think it worked to have some little ones in the mix also.
So I confess that even though this is the second book in the series, it's the first one I read, and it absolutely works as a standalone novel. The mystery is so interesting--young boy with a rare condition (he can't feel pain) goes missing. The protagonist, a gay police chief in a small town in the 1990s, has to not only find the boy but battle the growing harassment and hate crimes against gays in his town. I loved Chief Lynch and the story kept me guessing right up until the end. I'll definitely be reading the others in this series.