Author: Clare London
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Wilde City Art Dept
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/10/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Freeman’s return to the city is quiet, without fuss. Another client: another case. He’ll source what they need and be on his way. But he’s been missed by more people than he thought: his ex-wife, his ex-lover, and his ex-business partner. And at least one of them wants him the hell gone again. Freeman — private, controlled – just does his job. But when he strikes up an unusual friendship with the young runaway Kit, trouble comes looking for both men, ready to expose secrets that can destroy their fragile trust. Yet, for Kit, Freeman’s more than ready for the challenge.
Freeman by Clare London is an intense ‘noir’ type story, and at times I fully expected to see Freeman standing under a street lamp wearing a Fedora, but it can also be compared to a rich full bodied red wine, dark, with its true flavour developing slowly, as the story unfolds, full of surprises and mystery.
Freeman is a private detective; he helps people and finds things. Returning to London after a few years away Freeman spots a young man in a nightclub, just a random sighting, nothing initially leads the reader to believe this young man is important, but if course he is. Just how important only time will tell.
Freeman comes across as a disenchanted man, he is tired, his life fell apart all those years ago and he now just drifts along, life is okay, but that’s about it. Kit is the young man he sees that night in the club, a runaway, Kit is just trying to get by; he’s like a young colt trying to stand on his own four feet, working out how to use his legs and which way to turn. A friendship develops slowly between these two completely different characters, Kit coming and going from Freeman’s place at will, and Freeman becomes quite protective of Kit. Can Freeman keep Kit safe, and does Kit even want, or need, Freeman’s help?
This is a dark novel, gritty, set among London’s seedy criminal underground. George, Freeman’s ex business partner is involved in things far more deadly than Freeman initially suspects and Kit turns out to have an important role to play. The plot is complex and intriguing. It develops slowly, unravelling one piece at a time, just when I thought I knew what was going on another layer would peel away and I was back to square one, it became impossible to second guess the flow, and I wouldn’t have wanted too. I loved both Freeman and Kit, in a way they shouldn’t have worked, they were so different, a mix of dark and light, but they did.
The story is told mainly through Freeman, he’s the narrator, and he keeps his cards close to his chest, barely revealing his thoughts and emotions. The secondary characters are well developed, interesting and sympathetic too, characters such as Stella, George’s wife and Freeman’s ex-wife, and her brother Miki, Freeman’s ex-lover.
Freeman’s backstory isn’t really covered, at least not properly so I’d love more stories that cover some of that, I’m not sure if the author plans to write any more stories around the character of Freeman but I would lap them up if she did.
Freeman is perfect for anyone who loves slow drawn out mysteries full of complex realistic characters and imperfect heroes. I loved it. It kept me hooked right to the very end, which also felt like a beginning (hint here for a sequel, please Clare), but a very satisfying ending nether the less.
This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.
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