Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.
Rhys Ford’s Sinner’s Gin pulled me in. It made me love the characters, setting and plot. But with Whiskey and Wry everything just got better. In Whiskey and Wry , the author dug deeper, added layers guaranteed to shock with nasty twists and turns, introduced Sionn Murphy, a character that will connect the remaining members of Sinner’s Gin and the clan Morgan in multiple ways. And Ford brings back to life Damien Mitchell, Miki’s “brother” and band member everyone thinks is dead.
That shocker and twist does many things to the series. It gives Miki back the other half of his “story” and presents the band with enough members to start thinking about going forward again if they are emotionally ready to. All these factors definitely enrich the plot as well as deepen all the characterizations.
And on top of that, Ford has the mysteries (yes, plural) that Damien, Miki, and the Morgan clan, including Sionn Murphy (a Finnegan on Brigid’s side) have to solve and solve quickly as the bodies and body parts start to mount up once more.
I love the way Rhys Ford writes. At times it flows like quicksilver. It flashes, and darts, moving so fluidly and quickly that your mind must race along with it, especially when it comes to the villeins and their plotting against Damien.
Sionn and Damien are the primary couple but, no one or relationship stands alone in this series. With their wounds they can’t. So Miki and Kane, Donal (father) and Brigid (mother), and all the various siblings make their very necessary appearances as buttresses to the soul and heart. The support they provide in the storyline along with the amazing sense of synergy gives Whiskey and Wry, and all the stories of the Sinners series that outrageous spark, angst, deep love, and dangerous appeal that will draw a reader back again and again.
I loved this story. The danger, the suspense, the sex and warmth. Everything about it except that it had to end. Now I’m on to the next in the series. I can’t wait for more of the Morgan clan the men they come to love.
Cover artist Reece Notley again does a great job with the characters while branding the series. Love it.
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published August 19th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
original titleWhiskey and Wry