Adam Garwood did not realize that when Jillian Lambert walked into his detective agency, his life would never be the same. Not only was Jillian trying to uncover a cold case from 20 years prior, but she was also looking for her twin sister, Devon, whose disappearance was the focus of this case. Adam would soon learn that his probing would uncover a hidden mystery surrounding the Centaur Theatre and its cast of actors, this also leading to frightening details about the Montreal mafia. Should he leave well enough alone? He would be jeopardizing not only his own life but that of Richard, his lover and soon to be husband. Had his desire to solve this case become all-consuming to him?
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Adam Garwood is a private investigator based in Montreal. He is engaged by an obviously eccentric but wealthy woman to find her twin sister, Devon, who disappeared twenty years before. His reluctance to take the case is further increased by the warning given to him by an old police friend that the case was investigated and closed and that Jillian, the client, is unstable. But work is slim for the flamboyantly dressed P.I. and there is something intriguing about the woman. Meanwhile, Adam's life partner, Richard, Adam's one true love, is urging that they buy the home of their dreams, a beautiful apartment overlooking the harbour.
The deeper Adam investigates, the more convoluted the case becomes, and his and Richard's relationship is tested. Told mostly in the first person present, with flashbacks of memory to fill in character background, the book starts well, the protagonists are given life beyond the written page and the mystery and madness of both case and client become increasingly engaging. But later it all starts to spiral out of control as the storyline becomes too confusingly unrealistic and the personal romance overly maudlin.
Narrator Michael Robbins does an excellent job, portraying the investigator caught in this increasingly complex and frightening web and as the hapless lover who just wants to go home. He reads beautifully, pace perfect, with just the right intonation to convey the emotion felt by Adam. The listener really is with him, inside his head. Voicings of the other protagonists are also good, distinctive and giving added depth.
Overall, an unusual mystery detective story interwoven with an ongoing gay romance. Sadly, what starts well later disintegrates into confusing contrived chaos. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy .of Yolk, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Had the book maintained the promise of the earlier chapters, it would definitely have been a book to recommend. Unfortunately, it did not and, without Mr.Robbins' excellent narration, I would have found it hard to finish.