Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
If Angus Green is going to make it to a second case, he’s needs to survive the first one.
Angus wants more adventure than a boring accounting job, so after graduating with his master’s degree he signs up with the FBI. He’s assigned to the Miami field office, where the caseload includes smugglers, drug runners, and gangs, but he starts out stuck behind a desk, an accountant with a badge and gun.
Struggling to raise money for his little brother’s college tuition, he enters a strip trivia contest at a local bar. But when he’s caught with his pants down by a couple of fellow agents, he worries that his extracurricular activities and his status as the only openly gay agent will crash his career. Instead, to his surprise, he’s added to an anti-terrorism task force and directed to find a missing informant.
It’s his first real case: a desperate chase to catch a gang of criminals with their tentacles in everything from medical fraud to drugs to jewel theft. With every corner in this case—from Fort Lauderdale’s gay bars to the morgue—turning to mayhem, Angus quickly learns that the only way to face a challenge is to assume that he’ll survive this one—it’s the next one that will kill him.
I’m a fan of Neil S. Plakcy’s Mahu books but feel like that series has run it’s course so I was excited for him to start over with a new character.
I could almost feel Plakcy’s excitement at doing something new here. The writing was fresh and crisp. I liked Angus Green, the MC, from the very beginning. He’s an exhilarating character and he couldn’t be more different from Kimo, the star of the Mahu books. Kimo was dragged out of the closet but it’s a different age and Angus is out and proud. He normally does accounting for the FBI but ends up working an investigation because of his sexuality. Well, there’s a little more to it than that, but it’s basically being in the right place at the right time.
Angus is green and excitable and it shows in his investigative skills. He doesn’t always make the right choices and is eager to show he can do the job.
Not only did I enjoy Angus, I also liked the supporting characters including a couple older FBI agents and several people in the gay community.
Plakcy has a distinctive writing voice that isn’t for everyone. This isn’t a romantic mystery; this is a mystery with a tiny bit of romance. Angus hooks up a few times with Lester but there’s no kind of commitment or anything, in fact Lester shows a bit of jealousy when he thinks Angus is sleeping with someone else. I’d say the author has plans to explore this relationship in future books.
I definitely look forward to reading more adventures of Angus Green. This was an amazing start to a series.
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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