Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Victor Bayne, the psychic half of a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. surfaces–and no one agrees what he looks like.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.
Ok, so, I love when a story feels like it’s starting somewhere other than the beginning, that I’m dropped into the middle of the lives of the characters, and yet it’s still the beginning of this particular chapter in those lives. It gives me an immediate “in” with the characters without feeling like I’m missing some part of the story.
Love me some coppers. Though, neither Vic nor Jacob are the typical cops found in most stories I’ve read. In other words, there be no stereotypes here. Just imperfection, determination, curiosity, fear and desire in the form of two regular guys trying to make it through the middle of their lives like the rest of us.
Vic is our narrator and he and his voice are quite good at it. For all of the serious aspects included, there’s a layer of self-deprecation lightly woven all throughout. Vic and his observant self make for all inclusive first person telling of this tale. He made me feel and want and cringe and sigh.
Jacob is not at all what he appears to be compared to his opening scene. A wonderfully fun bit of subterfuge that made me smile as the truth wound its way to the surface.
Carolyn is calm, focused, gentle, but sometimes with a necessary directness. She’s also vulnerable. She chooses to use it instead of shy away from it.
Lisa is a walking complexity of untrained ability, difficult history and an undeniable need she feels to be a cop. It’s who she sees herself as being. I’m looking forward to more of her.
This story is cool as hell. It’s paranormal, yes, but messy and wonderful, earthy and warm, just like life.
Jacob and Vic have an ease with each other – even if Vic may not acknowledge it consistently – and it’s like they’ve been walking through life side by side all along. They just had to wait until now to meet and let those life games begin.
I’m off to read book two… 🙂
Ok, now I’m really off to read book two. 😀
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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