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A Dangerous Thing: The Adrien English Mysteries (Volume 2) Paperback – May 14, 2012
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"A slick, well-crafted and entertaining read, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon." (four rainbow rating) -- Rainbow Network, July 2002 A damn good read is the consensus for this witty, tightly plotted thriller, a follow-up to the popular Fatal Shadows. -- Puffta, Editor's Choice, August 2002 A riveting romp, moving along at an incredible pace. -- Scott Matthewman for Gay.com UK, August 2002 Snappy American mystery but without the edge and believability of Fatal Shadows, my book-of-the year last holiday. -- Neil G., GMP Customer Book Reviews, Summer 2002 The second gay thriller from Lanyon to feature Adrien English; written with wit and style. An exciting and entertaining read. -- Colin Spencer, Gaytimes, September 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In Josh Lanyon's A Dangerous Thing, the second in his on-going series of Los Angeles-based thrillers, featuring bookseller Adrien English, a holiday trip, following directly on from the "Gay Slasher Killings" narrated in Fatal Shadows, proves far less relaxing than English anticipates. But one corpse is not enough and as the body count mounts, so does the excitement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This on starts with Adrien English getting a little fed up with his on again off again relationship with Jake Riordan the cop. English is also in a mind melt trying to write the sequel to his first sold manuscript. He's getting nowhere in either situation.
Adrien knows Jake is bi sexual. He has a girlfriend as well as Adrien. Jakes a cop and he doesn't want any of his cop buddies to know he and Adrien are more than friends. Hell. He's so far in the closet he can't even see the damned door.
Adrien understands Jakes phobias but he sure as hell doesn't have to like it.
Adrien decides to get out of LA. He leaves the shop in the hands of his assistant Angus and decides he will head for the ranch his Grandmother left him.
The ranch is just north of Senora near the little town of Basking.
Adrien's grandmother raised Arabian Horses and she was the black sheep of the family. She did exactly as she pleased and didn't give a tinkers damn what anyone thought about it. Summers at the ranch were the best times of Adriens life.
Granna died when Adrien was eight. Adrien inherited half of what she left him, which was everything at age twenty one. Adrien will get the rest when he's forty.
His first inheritence funded his purchase of the property for his business. Adrian hasn't been back to the ranch since Granna died. Well. Now he's headed to Pine Shadow Ranch.
Upon arrival in the night the first thing Adrian sees is a dead body in the road.
So begins a pretty nifty read.
This one has Adrian, Jake, two dead men, a missing body, an archeological dig, missing gold, an attack on Adrien, a missing and found mine, a guy named Kevin, an Indian girl named Melissa, a Dr. Livingston, a field planted with marijuana, strang chantin and noise at the old mine, a dog that was literally ripped into peices and Adrien English figuring the whole thing out and saving Jake to boot.
I found them. Adrien English and Jake Riordan have that spark that I need to completely fall in love with a series. I know I'm finding them a little late- I always seem to find the best books years after their release, but for me, it's a first discovery, and I love it! Adrien is something of a smartass, which I love, and I also love that he pulls no punches with Jake's self-hatred.
It took me a little longer to like Jake, because I thought Adrien deserves better than some closet case who can't appreciate him. But Jake slowly grew on me, too, with the scenes in which, in spite of himself, he really does care about Adrien.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Lanyon definitely knows how to infuse a book with the right sort of atmosphere. From the 2 old "geezers" telling jokes about Custer, to Jake eating his morning "vittles," to the Sheriff telling Adrien not to leave town, you never forget that you could be reading *Adrien English and The Trouble at Ol' Pine Shadow Ranch*. LA is gone...this here's mother lode country, wipper-snappers! Lanyon almost made me completely happy when Adrien said, "There's gold in thar hills!" ("Them thar hills" would've done it.)
What makes this book an homage and not a caricature (not to mention a fantastic read in general) is Adrien himself. He's just as surprised as the reader to find himself staring in *Adrien English & The Tale of the Missing Corpse* (last one I swear). I like how Adrien (Jake, too) is completely aware of the ridiculousness of his situation.
"I'm a thirty-something gay man with a dodgy heart. I sell books for a living. Who wants to read about that?"
Normal people in the "real world" don't constantly stumble across dead bodies and then solve their murder.
[Jake] "Adrien, people get killed all the time. Since when is it your job to find out what happened to them?"
"I'm not usually suspected of murdering them."
"You have been as long as I've known you."
Sometimes authors seem to forget that in the "real world" someone like Miss Marple would've been strongly suspected of being a complete sociopath who did more than knit baby booties with those needles of hers. Lanyon doesn't and that makes reading this series even more enjoyable.
As for the romance, it's bittersweet. Jake is the perfect romance hero: a loyal friend, heart of gold, hot--& more than capable of some serious emotional effery.
But Adrien isn't some Barbara Cartland heroine. At one point he says to Jake, "you came after me...every step of the way." And that's true, but Adrien also meets Jake step for step. There are no virginal innocents here.
25 years of romance reading tells me it's all going to come out right in the end--after all Josh Lanyon did say he believes in HEAs. The tortuous jerk.