Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This story picks up where Risky Behavior left off and Detectives Darren Corliss and his older partner, Andreas Ruffner are persona non grata in their precinct. Actually, they’re not really popular anywhere in the police department because it was their investigation that sent the mayor, the former commissioner, and multiple crooked detectives to prison. At the very least, the fallout caused many to resign and family members left to suffer from the consequences of the crooked cops’ actions. On the surface, one would wonder why they wouldn’t be popular after having busted such a large crime ring, but as the story goes on, many of the repercussions are shown and the behaviors directed at them by other officers was damn depressing.
On the bright side, these men are dynamite together—both as detective partners and as boyfriends/life partners. In fact, by the end of the story, the L word was said. Not sayin’ who said it, just be aware that it’s a fun side benefit of reading this story. And for those looking for man on man loving, I need to say there was very little sex in this one. How could there be? As the story opens, Darren is still recovering from the shoulder wound he suffered in the last book, Andreas’s children are visiting, Darren’s brother is being committed to a home for his early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and again, not sayin’ who, but another injury strikes the pair later in the book. But it really didn’t matter because the love shone through, and the caring and concern each shows the other, the strength of their partnership, and their attitude as they worked together as a team were all stronger than ever.
Not knowing quite what to do with them, especially while the departments are being reorganized due to the loss of so many officers, their captain assigns Darren and Andreas a cold case file with several unsolved serial killer murders. When they study the notes in-depth, they realize that this is one serial killer who changed his motives, victims, and methods after several killings each time. And that leads them back to the officer who was investigating, who just happens to be Trent, the IA detective who’s now in prison for his role with the mayor in masterminding the previous corruption. Complex? Yes. Interesting? No doubt. Compelling? Intriguing? Frightening? Suspenseful? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! This is a fantastic murder mystery/action drama by two very talented authors.
The series does not end on a cliffhanger, but does leave plenty of room for personal growth and new situations to develop. We still don’t know if Darren has the same gene as his brother, Andreas’s oldest daughter has a date with the ER doc they met in the last chapter (and Daddy’s not pleased!), and none of the cops who ignored their pleas for help as this latest mystery came to a head are happy with them as the repercussions for their failure to act add up.
I’m definitely looking forward to more from this dynamic duo—both the characters and the authors!
Cover art by G.D. Leigh is similar to the artwork used in book one and features a professional-looking man in a dark trench coat against a dark background and city skyline—possibly Darren. In combination with the cover for book one, which featured a different character but similar cover, this sets the mood perfectly for the story.
Sales Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon link to follow
ebook, 283 pages
Expected publication: August 21st 2017 by Riptide Publishing
SeriesBad Behavior #2