Title: The Little Death
Author: Andrea Speed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Jake Falconer, a hard-boiled detective in Echo City, is struggling with his love of booze, a square ex (and a cop, no less) he can’t get over, and a murdered partner. In sashays Sloane, an homme fatal whose twin brother has gone missing. The search leads them to a sex club used for blackmailing the city’s most powerful, and soon Jake finds himself hip deep in sex and danger—it’s a good thing he’s no stranger to slogging through either.
I am still not 100% sure how I feel about Jake, the main character of The Little Death. He’s a functioning alcoholic, slovenly, not above using the people around him to scratch a sexual itch and otherwise, and quite often a jerk. However, there is something about the man that makes me want to hope that he has redeeming qualities hidden somewhere beneath his gruff and often unlikable surface. Nevertheless, don’t look for Jake to experience a soulful transformation in this story that I do not classify as a romance.
The Little Death is reminiscent of the old noir detective stories (Jake makes me think of a drunk, gay Sam Spade). The story is told from Jake’s point of view, and it is abundantly clear that he is a bitterly unhappy man who cannot get past the death of his partner, and who does not like himself. He seems to sincerely care for his ex lover, cop Tyler, and this is evident when the reader is privy to Jake’s thoughts during one of their kisses. However, he is a man staggering through life, hurting the people who care about him (particularly Tyler), as he works to solve a mystery.
It is always difficult for me to love a story when the character voicing the story itself is filled with self loathing, and this is the case with The Little Death. Also, Jake is the recipient of several harsh physical beatings in the story, and is almost always miraculously healed from his injuries in record time. This particular aspect of the story is so unbelievable that it is bothersome.
Overall, I think that fans of noir crime stories will especially enjoy The Little Death. And even though I didn’t especially like Jake as a person, I will read any subsequent stories featuring this tortured character in hopes that he finds inner peace and his own happy ending.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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