It’s the winter of 1971 and FBI Agent Zack Pomeroy is hoping to make a name for himself when he’s assigned the case of the century—the hijacking of an airplane by D.B. Cooper. Zack’s used to hiding his sexuality but working with Duke Magruder is even more of a challenge. Not only do they do have vastly different personalities but also contrasting opinions on how to work the case. Nonetheless, Zack is able to earn Duke’s begrudging respect.
Until Duke learns Zack’s secret.
When Zack finds a lead on the case Duke not only refuses to listen, he also refuses to work with Zack any longer. Zack’s career and his assignment are at jeopardy but that doesn’t mean he’s about to give up on finding Cooper, no matter how many years it takes.
Hijacked Love is a blend of mystery and historical fiction with a bit of romance thrown in.
I was intrigued about this book when I read the blurb before it was set in 1970s. To be honest it’s not a decade I think much about. Zach Pomeroy has transferred to the Portland FBI office and is assigned to the hijacking case straight away. He is partnered with Duke an experienced and arrogant agent with no time to carry a newbie. Zach has to show he is more than capable of doing his job. I felt for Zach and the way he has to hide who he is and who he loves. The part where Duke finds out about Zach is well written and evokes the atmosphere of 1971.
I really liked that the hijacker had left clues in the way he committed the crime that would only be picked up by someone who knew was gay. And as the investigation proceeds only Zach is giving any credence to these clues. The officers in charge will not listen to him and react quite strongly against even considering it. Zach is moved away from the case but he never gives it up.
This is a well crafted short story that left me completely satisfied. There is enough detail to enhance the story with out overwhelming it. You get the sense of Zach and Phil, his partner, the way it was for them as a couple and the macho attitude Zach worked in. I enjoyed the conclusion to the story but I won’t spoil it by saying more.
4.5 of 5 stars
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