Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
They say the course of true love never runs smooth, and Detective Ben Nelson is learning the truth of that adage in a big way. Two months ago, his lover Artie Middleton was tortured by demons determined to claim the psychic’s special gifts for their own. Now the same friends who helped Ben with the rescue are making a strong case that something about Artie isn’t right. When Artie verbally attacks his best friend, Ben is forced to acknowledge the unbreakable barriers surrounding Artie’s mind.
Searching for someone with the right gifts to help, Ben encounters a woman who insists there’s only one way—and one person—who stands a chance at saving Artie. What Ben finds when he goes on his solo rescue mission may very well mean both of their deaths, as they confront the evil that has made Artie’s mind the Devil’s playground.
Round Three stories are always a joy to read! Although not my favorite ones (that would be Round 5 and the finale), it comes close. There’s always a mini explosion or three, and somewhere within the plot, the readers will get a small, yet so satisfying emotional payoff for all the angst and heartbreak that has gone before. That’s The Devil’s Playground by Parker Williams, book three in his Four of Clubs series in the Pulp Friction Altered States Universe.
When last we left our heroes, Artie and Ben, things were dark and getting darker. Artie was behaving strangely, asking for help and yet repudiating any that came his way. And he was mean, deeply, hurtfully, vindictive. Every the opposite of the character we have come to love. Ben, his partner and lover, was distraught and at a loss for answers. In The Devil’s Playground we finally get some answers, and they’re as ugly as we had anticipated.
Demons, a nefarious, unknown plan and a close circle of friends imploding from the inside. That’s the heartbreak, the suspense and the element that provides so many emotional layers to this story and series. Parker Williams continues to remain true to the pulp friction format with a writing style that’s crisp, descriptions that make his characters and situations feel real and a plot that keeps the suspense and angst ratcheted up to high levels. . He gives us moments of happiness and then proceeds to break our hearts and that of his characters. And of course, there’s a cliffhanger as well. Be still my heart!
I consider this Pulp Friction series one of the top reads this year and that includes all the interconnected series that goes along with it. I have them listed below. Put them all on your TBR list! I highly recommend them all.
Cover art by Laura Harner. Simple, perhaps too simple. I wish more elements of this story had been included to give it a punch its lacking now.
About Pulp Friction 2015
Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ Parker Williams ~ Laura Harner
The Pulp Friction 2015 Altered States Collection.
One supernatural finale.
Spend a year with the creatures that go bump in the night…fighting for their rights to exist and protecting the innocents of The Big Easy. A diverse group of friends trying to find their place in a world they never had to “fit” into before.
Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Drawing Dead (Jack of Spades: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blind Stud (King of Hearts: 1) by Havan Fellows
The Devil’s Bedpost (Four of Clubs: 1) by Parker Williams
Diamonds and Dust (Ace of Diamonds: 1) by Laura Harner
Dead Blind (Jack of Spades: 2) by Lee Brazil
Stud Player (King of Hearts: 2) by Havan Fellow
Up the Ante (Four of Clubs: 2 ) by Parker Williams
Diamond Draw (Ace of Diamonds: 2) by Laura Harner
Dead Button (Jack of Spades #3) by Lee Brazil
Blind Man’s Bluff (King of Hearts #3) by Havan Fellows
The Devil’s Playground (Four of Clubs #3) by Parker Williams