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Brushback (An Evan Austin Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jamie Scofield
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description


It couldn't be simpler. All Evan Austin needed to do was find R.J. Gibson before his eighteenth birthday and the kid would inherit a huge trust fund. Everybody would go home happy: R.J. would be set for life, the mom would appease her guilt, and maybe Evan would finally be able to put a tragic case from his past behind him.

But nothing in life is ever that easy. Adding to the confusion are a young woman whose boyfriend liked to slap her around and the murder of an Assistant U.S. District Attorney, for which one of Evan's former clients is now a suspect. Throw in his growing attraction to R.J.'s guardian, artist Roman Cavanaugh, plus the Mariners having another really bad season, and Evan's got a bit more on his plate than he can handle.

Not that it's ever stopped him before.

Product Details

  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dancing Fools Press (July 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRJE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and surprising read! January 31, 2010
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This book is a lot of fun. The characters are interesting and well described, and the story is exciting. I don't read a lot of mysteries, but this could get me started on them. Evan is so likable, even in his sarcastic moments. I think this would make an excellent film. There is suspense, romance and comedy! All good! The story would appeal to the gay community, but it's not " gay literature". The main character happens to be gay, but that has little to do with the story. It's just a good read for anyone who enjoys adventure, and for Seattle fans it would be a hit, too. Well written, hip, funny and descriptive. I hope to see a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new gay mystery series January 8, 2011
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This book is the first of a hoped for new gay mystery series. I have read most of the gay mystery series that are out there and I find that this first book compares well with some of the best of these series such as Michael Nava's and John Morgan Wison's series. If the author continues to develop his main character, Evan Austin, as he has put in place in this first book, this series could be as good as Joseph Hansen's novels, whom I consider to be the best gay mystery series writer. I sure hope Scofield can do that as it would be great to have gay oriented books like this available in the midst of all the Gay Romance stuff out there (not that there is anything wrong with that genre). The only real problem I had was that it sometimes was confusing with the number of plot lines taking place and difficult to connect them, although they were being used to set up the next book in the series. I thought the development of the main character was especially good and there were hints of many revelations of his development to come. All in all, I found the book very enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! April 26, 2011
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This is a good detective story with a sideline m/m romance. Fair warning - no sex in this one but with everything going on I didn't miss it (too much), and still found the burgeoning romance to be very sweet. The main character Evan Austin is wonderful and if the series continues at this level, I will list him as a favorite right next to Adrian English and Victor Bayne. Austin's voice is strong, smart, funny and I actually found him to be a downright loveable guy. The writing was great and the side characters were wonderfully filled in. Since I bring up Adrian and Vic, I have to add that at this point, I find the potential love interest for Austin to be more likeable than Jake or Jacob, although their respective romances in the long run will be hard to beat. My one concern is that I see the publish date is 2009, and as of 2011 as far as I know, there are no other books in the series. I really hope the author keeps going. A lot of potential here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, sir, can I have more? June 15, 2011
By CaseyF
When I finish a book in less than a day, I always feel guilty. After all, the author no doubt spent eons writing it and here I am, done with it already. I can only hope that the author takes it as a heartfelt compliment - I couldn't put the book down.

Short review for "Brushback"? - I loved it. The first line alone still makes me laugh and will for quite some time, because I sure won't be forgetting it any time soon.

The writing is lovely, the plot intriguing, and I totally loved the fact that this wasn't a "There's been a murder. Who done it?" story. The characters are alive, often more so than many people in my life (some days, myself included). I liked these people, I cared about them, appreciated the character "flaws" which made them truer to life; there's depth in this work and so many levels on which it can be appreciated. The author has an exquisite touch when it comes to describing human relationships; I got sucked into Evan's world, my feelings caught up in his. Not too many writers can achieve this -that's talent, folks.

The second book can't get here fast enough. I want to see how things work out with Evan and Roman, and Evan and R.J. -there's some addictively good character development going on in these relationships. Plus, I need another good book to read now that I've inhaled "Brushback."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book November 30, 2010
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Evan Austin, the private investigator is now amongst my favourite gay sleuths and this book is a keeper for sure. Well, I read it on Kindle, but I am definitely planning on getting a paperback as well, so yes a keeper :)

I loved Evan's voice, I do not always like first person narration, but this author handles it beatifully. When I was reading it till I was probably two thirds in the story I was not sure if I would characterize it as a romantic mystery, more like romantic story about the regular work of private investigator, but then I was thinking, wait something is wrong and maybe there is surprise in the store and it did came. It was very enjoyable and while romance subplot was secondary, I loved how much chemistry Evan and other guy had (you have to read to find out who he is hehe).

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to this author? December 28, 2012
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I loved this book, it was all set up to be a series of books.. ,but that was 4 years ago? I tryed to find some information on his website ,but nothing? It just talks about his one book? Brushback??? Drop a line if anyone knows anything about more Evan Austin books!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
"Brushback" is a very strong 4 star book. I would have given it 4.5 stars if that were possible (come on Amazon, give us that half star option!). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book
Good mystery, good character development and well paced story. I enjoyed this one enough to want to try another from the same author.
Published 20 months ago by Xanlthorpe
2.0 out of 5 stars A brushoff for Brushback
Let me be clear up front. This review will contain spoilers because there is no way to describe how maddening I found the central character, and ultimately the entire book, without... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Panhandle Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I loved this book. I loved the voice of Evan. I also enjoyed watching his growing relationship with Roman. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Winship75
4.0 out of 5 stars Very much enjoyed this!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this m/m story when I pulled it up from Recommendations List. With all the m/m fiction out there I've had several misses lately but the premise... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sara H
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thoroughly enjoyed the first publication by Mr. Scofield and look forward to many more Evan Austin adventures. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary D. Taliaferro
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
The setting, Seattle, is well-described. The lead character is clever but so very human and not omnipotent. He relies on his team. He has the ring of reality about him. Read more
Published on January 10, 2013 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel
I really loved the book. It was a great mystery filled with action. Great character development. What I can't understand is why he's taking so long to write a sequel.
Published on December 28, 2012 by Bartski
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Engaging, full characters and strong story. Plus No...
I've been looking for another "who dunnit" with a gay detective as the hero, in a story not loaded with political rhetoric on being gay in the U.S. Read more
Published on October 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read.
Title says it all. I am online looking for another book by the author and can't find one for the kindle; I'll definitely check back. Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Marksquared
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