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Fair Game [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
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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: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89S66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing from Josh Lanyon November 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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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8 of 8 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING, EXCITING, TOUR DE FORCE AND PRETTY DAMN SEXY!
I read this about a year ago and was pretty sure it was one of the best Josh Lanyon books I'd read so far. Read more
Published 2 days ago by jonboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved this, hands down. Josh Lanyon is so amazing, and this story was the start of my love for all his stories. It was amazing!
Published 28 days ago by Katzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of a man in transition
Landry's Review at Mrs Condit & Friends review blog: “Fair Game” tells the tale of Elliot Mills, a man in transition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becky C
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
I got the this book because I had just finished up the Cut and Run series and was in need of something to read, it sound like it would be okay. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
The main characters were a lot of fun, story pretty decent, and the action was not bad. All in all a good read.
Published 2 months ago by MP
5.0 out of 5 stars Good who dunnit
I really like a book that hides the bad guy until the end, although he was my top two. Well written, great characters, good job.
Published 2 months ago by Annie Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for another sleepless night, Josh Lanyon! (Fist in air but...
Wow, I LOVED this story! The mystery/suspense portion was interesting & had me guessing- definitely not a throw-away as background to the romance portion. The MCs were fantastic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darcy Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing!
I've read a couple of Josh Lanyon's short stories and enjoyed them quite a lot and so bought this one the other day to try. I loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jewel Cardwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic conflict against a murder mystery backdrop
3.5 stars. An interesting romantic conflict between two male characters, trapped in their previous roles and misunderstandings, with a murder mystery thrown in. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arshad Ahsanuddin
5.0 out of 5 stars buy anything Josh Lanyon writes
Fair game, was my introduction to Josh Lanyon's works. He writes thoroughly believable characters , with depth and intelligence, The fact that they are gay is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by shacary
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More About the Author

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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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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