Monday, May 10, 2010

Son of a Gun

Title: Son of a Gun
Author: AM Riley
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-118-1
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Thriller
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

There were many reasons for Stefan Sanchez to leave Texas and flee to LA but the biggest one was a closeted relationship with his childhood friend, Deputy Chet Blain. In California, he builds a life and gains success as a writer of adventure books for adolescent boys but that doesn’t mean he’s personally happy.

When his best friend Tommy dies, Stef flies home for the funeral but going back to his childhood home isn’t easy. It’s a time filled with painful memories, lies, half-truths surrounding his friend’s death and an uncertainty of who to trust in his search for Tommy’s missing wife, Sammy. On top of everything else, Chet wants to restart their relationship, and Evans, a hunky Secret Service agent, keeps tabs on him--following him everywhere he goes. Is it because of business, or could it be for personal reasons?

Son of a Gun is the newest release by author AM Riley and it’s filled with pain, unhappiness, family unrest, political wrangling and enough twists and turns to make me dizzy. Add in a few old friends, a mysterious childhood secret code, money laundering, a drug cartel and a missing pregnant woman and you have everything needed for a well written suspense that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. On top of this, you’ll find vivid descriptions, great action scenes and a flawed but complicated sympathetic hero-of-sorts in Stefan.

There are numerous complex secondary characters that are vital to the plot, but at the backbone of the story is Stefan and his overwhelming need to discover who killed his friend and to locate the man’s missing wife. He’s a flippant smart mouth, who gets in trouble just by breathing, and that’s exactly what happens numerous times during the fast paced story—he gets into trouble with a capital T. Stef even gets shot (grazed) and rescued by the sexy Evans and then he walks right back into danger again.

Really there’s so much going on in this story, and there are so many intermingled relationships that it’s impossible to sort them out in this review. If you enjoy a complicated mystery, with lots of action and danger, then Son of a Gun is the book for you.


T said...

Sounds like my kind of story!

Welcome said...

Give it a try. I think you'll like it.