Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter's Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he'd never see Rook Stevens again - not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he'd fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn't bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook's feet, he's forced to reach out to the last man he'd expect to believe in his innocence - and the only man who's ever gotten under Rook's skin.
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This is one of my favourites by far. I'm a fan of Rhys Ford, although I've always had issues with one or more characters she's produced being a bit O.T.T. in their execution, but on this latest offering she's hit her stride and every single character is pitch perfect. The effort that's gone into every aspect of this book just shines from every page (well, I've 'read' the audio version but you know what I mean!) and this is not only one of my favourite audiobooks but my favourite Rhys Ford book to date as well. I can't wait to read/listen to Alex's story and catch up with Rook and Dante and Archie too! I can't say whether I'd have had such a strong connection to the book if I'd read it as a print offering but I do know Greg Tremblay's performance was absolutely outstanding here and I can't recommend it enough.
The characters, the thought that has gone into every aspect of the story, the often hilarious dialogue and the slow (even though it only happened over a couple of days!) build between the characters. I could actually believe their relationship - which is unusual to say the least in this or similar genres - and could understand why it progressed as it did.
Absolutely everything - I've got a couple of his performances for Rhys Ford already and, although good, I didn't experience the breadth of his talent and pacing until this book. Much like Ms. Ford he appears to have hit his stride with this book and absolutely everything is perfect from the accents to the pacing.
Without a doubt, sadly I couldn't but I would have loved to have done.
If there is one book that you choose to have as a first experience for either author or narrator then make it this one, you won't be disappointed. Excellent and incredibly enjoyable experience. Can't wait for the sequel, I'll be devastated if there isn't!
- Kallie Harris