- File Size: 1521 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Anne Brooke Books; 3 edition (December 31, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AVJIJFI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story of Paul Maloney, Private Eye in London - the gay son turned out by his family, living in the shadow of the sister who was kidnapped when he was only six, and desperately trying to recover from his in-the-closet relationship with the rich and powerful Dominic.
Dominic comes back into Paul's life when he hires him to do some research on an Egyptian high-tech company he's planning to buy. But nothing is as it seems, and violence starts to fly from the very start. Sadly, it touches Paul's life directly when he's first stabbed, than shot. But the worst was yet to come when someone he cares about, profoundly, someone he loves, is killed as a direct result of his investigations.
And all of it sits atop a terrible betrayal by Dominic.
This is a powerful, propulsive thriller that grabs you, on page one, and never lets you go. It's so well-written, the characters, the action, the settings, the emotions, that I was mesmerized by the sheer talent and skill of Ms. Brooke. It is such a pleasure to read gay-themed literature that's professionally edited, written as well as any best-seller, and deals with the gay issues as a sort of sidebar - it's not the plot, it's just what is.
I shall read as much of Ms. Brooke's writing as I can get my hands on. I strongly recommend that you do the same.
I confess I love novels written in the first person and present tense, but I also know it's quite difficult to write them well. But not, apparently, for Brooke. Her Maloney's Law is exceptionally well-written.
Paul Maloney, a 30-year-old gay private investigator in London, takes on a lucrative assignment. It's from Dominic Allen, the physically desirable and wealthy investor, with a wife and two children, who abruptly and coldly terminated his and Paul's torrid 11-month affair three years and four months ago.
Paul is precise like that with dates and times. His idiosyncrasy also makes it easy for readers to know where they are in the story, especially in the scenes set in the past. That's important in this novel. Paul suffered a horrifying game-changer when he was six, and he brought another one down upon himself when he was 19 and should've known better.
But what begins for Paul as the possible revival of an affair with the man he's still in love with soon becomes a far more sinister matter.
In that regard, I congratulate Anne Brooke for boldly creating a devastating development at the halfway mark in her novel.
Nor does Brooke wish to leave us with the contentment of a tale in which good simply wins and evil loses. In Maloney's Law, as in life, it's a mix. Dominic might be the bad guy, but he's not all bad. We sympathize with Paul, but he's clearly no saint.
The frosting on the cake of this novel is the writing. So Paul says, early on: "God alone knows what this man was ever doing with someone like me." Later he ventures to ask: "When will I be free of it, this rock-hard certainty that, even when the book between the two of us seems closed, somehow, somewhere there's another chapter not yet written?"
I thank you, Anne Brooke, for writing this story.
(As originally reviewed on Rainbow Book Reviews. Please visit [...]