Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he's carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.
When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother's suicide, he doesn't expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother's case. He certainly doesn't mind spending more time with Doug-but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.
As they investigate, they discover Christopher's dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer....
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Interesting story, but a very hard listen
Written by A. J. Thomas - yes; narrated by Andy Babinski - probably no. There are a lot of coincidences in the story, most of which are believable - it is fiction and not a documentary! I felt some of the background detail in a couple of places bordered on being over-specific, even for someone like me who has no experience of rock climbing. However - despite the grating narration - I enjoyed the story, could believe the characters, and found myself getting impatient to know what would happen next when I got back into my car after work. A difficult subject, and handled pretty well.
Doug, probably. A man like many who is in the middle of people with whom he can never really be himself, whether because of cultural, family, historical, or sexuality issues. I could feel a lot of empathy with him. I would probably have liked Christopher (not Chris!) more had the narrator not made him sound so unpleasant all the time.
The voice characterization for Christopher was enough to make me dislike him at the start, and I don't think did the character justice in the emotional scenes. It was difficult to distinguish between Ray and Doug at times, and whenever a number of characters had dialogue at once, determining which was which was quite a challenge, It was easy to hear pages turning, but at least the narrator's voice did not change noticeably each time he had taken a break and re-started recording, as often happens - the "morning voice" and the "I've read three chapters already today voice" were pretty much the same, and - sadly - both equally irritating. It felt like the voice characterizations may have been done on the fly, and left the narrator with nowhere to go later on in the story.
Yes, there are some loose ends at the end of this book, which could be tied up in a number of different ways. I would certainly be interested to see if and how the relationship(s) continue.
Definitely worth a listen - the subject matter is adult, but is handled in an interesting way. You just have to try to ignore the style of narration.