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Fair Game (All's Fair) [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game...

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Product Details

  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373427719
  • Publisher: Carina Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89S66
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game Winner August 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Fair Game" is another winner from Josh Lanyon. It's a well-crafted and action-packed mystery of course, involving the disappearance first, of a student of college professor Elliot MiIls, and then other young men from the college campus where he teaches courses in History and Film. Mills has a history of his own, as a former ambitious "hotshot FBI agent" who retired from the Bureau after a receiving crippling gunshot wound. When asked by the parents of his missing student to act as their "consultant" in dealing with the FBI, Mills finds himself dealing with the formidable, handsome Agent Tucker Lance, with whom he has a personal history. Because of the nature and outcome of their past association, neither man is at all happy to have to work with one another.

The college setting, which Lanyon renders in characteristically believable detail,
allows him to take some fun satirical jabs at pretentious academic and artistic gobbledegook, not to mention the behavior of vapid young coeds trying to butter up the professor. As in Lanyon's other stories, someone is always cooking, in this case a delicious saute of mushrooms in butter. Before too long, someone should be able to compile a Josh Lanyon cookbook.

Will Elliot and Tucker find a way to cooperate without constantly making each other angry because of the unresolved issues in their mutual past? Will Elliot survive the increasing violent anonymous threats he receives? Lanyon skillfully ratchets up the suspense in both areas.

For those readers new to Lanyon, this writer creates exciting physical action sequences as good or better as anything in the Jason Bourne series. And the bedroom action is pretty exciting as well.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! August 8, 2010
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Enjoyed every moment of this book, as other reviewer had said, mystery is solid (I was so so happy to be fooled about the identity of the villain) and characters are well drawn and likeable. And I really loved the ending, loved that writer allowed a bit more warm and content feel than he does in some of his other books, often he leaves a lot to imagination and it is good, but I enjoyed hearing characters actually say on page what I wanted them to say to each other.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing from Josh Lanyon November 10, 2010
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Elliot Mills is a former FBI agent who is now a college professor after a terrible knee injury while on duty took him away from the job that he loved. The injury also took him away from his lover and FBI agent Tucker Lance. Their affair might have been a brief one, but it was a passionate one that appears to have ended badly. When boys start going missing on campus, Elliot can't help himself with being drawn into the cases at the request of his father and the campus president. Little did Elliot know when he agreed to help that it would force him into close contact with Tucker.

In Fair Game, I believe Josh Lanyon does exactly what he does best - provides an interesting and fast paced mystery with well-rounded character development for all the major players and then still manages to throw in the heat and emotion amongst Elliot and Tucker that always give the reader a little hope things will work out for the two of them without the their relationship casting a shadow over the mystery plot. The pain and loneliness Elliot feels from the loss of his beloved job, his lover, and the way he has had to come to grips with a debilitating injury just oozes right off the pages. The mystery surrounding the missing boys is not one that the reader immediately figures out what is going on - it unfolds slowly but is still kept interesting. And best of all, each character has their own uniqueness and own voice which keeps the story fresh.

What I really liked about this book aside from the well written mystery that kept the pages turning is the way you see the communication between Elliot and Tucker start to blossom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising "whodunnit" August 16, 2010
By tmsmith
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars! This was my first book by mystery writer Josh Lanyon. I can now see why he is considered to be at the top of his field and has won numerous awards.

The mystery begins immediately when a student goes missing. And then another. As a former FBI agent, Elliot becomes involved as a liaison between the university and the FBI agent working the case. Interestingly enough, said FBI agent turns out to be Elliot's former lover, Tucker.

Lanyon proceeds to dangle possible suspects and motives. I was sure I knew the "whodunit," and was wrong. I love it when an author can do that!

Mystery aside, I also really enjoyed the romance between Elliot and Tucker. They had a previous relationship that ended abruptly. Working closely together on the missing student case gives them a second chance to see how and why they went wrong. I love how Lanyon uses dialogue to really get inside his characters heads.

I probably would have liked to see more of Elliot and Tuckers romance, but that's just me! Very enjoyable book, which I highly recommend!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Story, A Realistic Romance
Not fluff held together by a tenuous storyline. Lanyon is actually a very capable writer and delivers a book with a fully interesting plot and a realistic romance and relationship. Read more
Published 9 days ago by A. Albers
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up on a very good whodunit.
Damned good read. Spoiler alert for those who don't actually want to know what the book is about.

This one starts with Elliot Mills. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Claudette
4.0 out of 5 stars I do enjoy the characters
This series has a more serious tone than some of the author's other work. I do enjoy the characters, but I'd like to see more insight to them. Read more
Published 15 days ago by T. Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Very easy read wished it would have been a little longer, but book two should take care of that. Loved the tension between Tucker and Elliot.
Published 21 days ago by Rhett
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
Another five-star Josh Lanyon book with the same brilliant literary quality we've come to expect. Somewhat similar to the Adrien English books in the dynamic of the two central... Read more
Published 22 days ago by A passer by
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by miranda rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars another great series by Lanyon
I have already read and enjoyed the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon and thought I would try more of his mystery/romances. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars this series is addictive just like holmes and m
this series is addictive just like holmes and m..... and adrien english.. Too bad author is not forthcoming about whether either series will continue
Published 1 month ago by Jon-Henri Bonnard
5.0 out of 5 stars You will want this story to go on and on.....
I read this twice and will keep it for my collection. Lanyon is an excellent writer and I am looking forward to reading more of his efforts.
Published 1 month ago by Jasser
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I am getting fonder and fonder of the gay romance novels with a great story. Fair Game grabbed me from the get go and took me on that awesome roller coaster ride I SO love in a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BruceD
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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Thanks for buying Fair Game!
Loved this book! It's right up there with Adrien/Jake, and since we can't get more of them, more Elliot is the next best thing.
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