Title: Fair Game
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.
A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.
Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
Fair Game is a tense and gripping murder mystery which kept me on the end of my seat until the very last page.
I’m a late discoverer of Josh Lanyon and it’s taken me a while to get to Fair Game one of Josh’s earlier and most popular novels, in fact the upcoming release of the sequel Fair Play, in November is the main reason I finally got around to reading it now, and I’m so glad I did.
Elliot Mills is trying to rebuild his life after leaving the FBI following a shooting that destroyed his knee making active duty no longer an option. Unable to face a desk job Elliot left the Bureau and started a new career as a college history professor at Puget Sound University. Elliot likes teaching but he’s not a happy man. Being in the FBI was his dream job and it’s hard to him to move forward. It doesn’t help that when he walked away from the Bureau Elliot also walked away from Tucker Lance, a fellow agent and lover. When college student Tom Baker goes missing Elliot is asked by his father to look into his disappearance, as his father is friends with Tom’s parents. Reluctantly Elliot, unwilling to disappoint his father, agrees not knowing that ex Tucker is the lead FBI agent he will need to liaise with. Can Elliot and Tucker work together to find Tom or is there too much history between them?
I loved the slow build up, in Fair Game, both in the mystery of Tom’s disappearance and the relationship between Elliot and Tucker. I was hooked and intrigued eager to know what went wrong between Elliot and Tucker. Elliot came over as quite jaded and bitter, he felt he’d lost everything when he was shot and he didn’t really want to investigate the disappearance, and he certainly didn’t want to work with Tucker, just seeing the man brought back too many painful memories. Tucker initially came over as quite a hard ass but I think he was as unsettled by seeing Elliot as Elliot was by seeing him. It became obvious though that Tucker cared deeply for Elliot and their split was basically a massive misunderstanding that happened after Elliot was shot when he was weak and vulnerable.
The mystery was the main focus of the book and I found it gripping and intense, especially when another boy disappeared and later when Elliot became the focal point of the perpetrator. I never guessed who it was and I was on the edge of my seat as the story came to a close. Josh Lanyon is a very descriptive writer and that helped to create the brooding dark and mysterious setting which served the story so well. I’m glad I finally got to read Fair Game and can fully understand why it’s considered a fan favourite, and I can’t wait for Fair Play now.
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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