Final book in the Dirty Series arc.
Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.
Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.
As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.
(Book reviewed here previously)
Man. So sad to see this series end, it’s been such a tremendous ride! I’m consoling myself that I have the Audio to look forward to and that Rhys has promised some novellas featuring our boys in the future… but it’s still so very sad.
This is definitely a series that must be read in order to feel the deep connection to the characters that is necessary to really appreciate just how wonderful it really is.
Rhys is a gifted storyteller who uses her words like a paintbrush. She’s not satisfied with mere descriptions, instead she immerses the reader’s five senses into her stories so that we not only know what it looks and sounds like, but what it tastes, smells and feels like. She’s a poet. Full stop.
In this case the poetry is about the deep and abiding love Cole and Jae Min share. In every chapter we are reminded of how far Jae has come in his ability to love Cole and how much he has helped Cole in his healing process. We are also shown the depth of love and caring between all of Cole’s “family” from Bobby and Ichi to Mike and Maddy and Scarlet and Claudia. They are a beautiful – if odd – family and their devotion to one another is demonstrated by their continued willingness to put up with the other’s foibles and eccentricities – and ability to find danger around every corner!
This story gives us the answers that we’ve been seeking for so long in regards to Cole’s lover’s death and his partner’s suicide. I think many people will be surprised if not blown-away by the big reveal when it happens.
For me, the best parts were the quiet moments when Jae and Cole were together or seeing Bobby with Ichi and Mike’s devotion to Mad Dog. Those shone brightly in between the bouts of requisite Cole-inspired shooting and other mayhem.
I adored this series and loved it even more in audio format so I wait patiently for Greg’s turn to “wow” me again.
Much praise to you Rhys Ford and highly recommended to her fans. This is one not to be missed.
Greg Tremblay – he’s my hero and he absolutely moved me with this narration. He’s been along on this ride for so long that he practically defines this story for me. Of course Rhys’ words are magnificent, but I owe it to Greg for taking it to that next level. He’s such a professional – good sound quality – great emotion – every accent researched and impeccable – every character as unique as one person can make it – consistent – he’s the whole ball of wax. I highly, HIGHLY recommend listening to this series to get the full effect – you won’t be disappointed – it’s worth every penny!
6 of 5 stars
Copy Generously Provided by Publisher for Honest Review