Rating: 4.75 stars
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When teenage boys go missing in Atlanta, the case lands on Detective Frankie Prater’s desk. And after no leads and no hints as to where they may be, hope comes by way of a message from Arizona. It turns out some bigwig game techie was arrested for kidnapping his ex-boyfriend’s little brother and found with over forty videos of teenagers from all over the continent that he’d molested then murdered. Unfortunately for Frankie, two of those videos matched two of the missing boys from his case. Fortunately for him, there is evidence suggesting that the third, Henry Mitchell, may still be alive and Frankie is needed in Flagstaff to join the task force that is searching to find the kid.
Brady Owens worked the streets from the time he was twelve until he was rescued by the City Knight, Frankie’s brother Marcus, at eighteen. Now, Frankie’s live-in nanny of sorts, Brady is tired of waiting for the man to make a move. An adult and his mind made up, Brady travels to Flagstaff with Frankie only to find himself the focus of a kidnapper and murderer hell-bent on taking him from Frankie—just when Frankie opened his stubborn eyes.
This story is one of the reasons I love the diversity of the Pulp Friction world. If you read last year’s Pulp Friction series set in Atlanta, then you met Frankie Prater in Webb’s City Knight series. He was Marcus’ long lost brother. Long story if you haven’t read it and I won’t give it away here, but note that you don’t necessarily have to read that series to understand any part of this book, all the in-betweens are explained perfectly. In that series, we were also introduced to Brady, a throwaway turned street kid who was tortured by a serial killer and barely survived. In steps Marcus, the City Knight, uniting the two by giving Brady a place to stay with Frankie and, in doing so, gave his heart a home as well.
Okay, you all caught up? Thought so.
I loved this little extra. Not only did I, as a huge fan of Brady and Frankie, get a beautiful resolution to a tension that started between them a year ago, but I also got answers that had to do with the whole Chip/Damon/Charlie fiasco that began this year in Tremors, the third book in Webb’s Earthquake series. And ohmigod what a cracked out sociopath. The man has serious issues, scary issues. But as wonderful and satisfying as it was to have some questions answered from Damon and Charlie’s storyline and to see Damon more like himself, this story was really about Frankie and Brady and the hunt for Henry Mitchell.
Frankie, who I absolutely adore, is cut from the same cloth as his brother—pure at heart, seeking only to help those in need. And he loves Brady, everyone knows it, hell he knows it, but Brady is so young and he’s worried about the age difference. But Brady is stronger than his stature suggests. He’s seen it all and been though more than anyone his age should have to go through, but he’s survived. The thing about Brady is that he may only be eighteen, but he’s lived a lifetime in those eighteen years and he’s more adult than most men Frankie’s age. I love Brady’s gumption, when he finally sets his mind so something, he doesn’t back down—even to Frankie, especially to Frankie. And when Frankie is his focus the fun is just beginning.
This story—the romance between Frankie and Brady and the mystery of the missing boy combined with the action of Brady’s addition to the investigation—is exciting and the perfect insertion into this Flagstaff community and into Charlie and Damon’s storyline. The tension takes up where the Earthquake series leaves off and flows well in the world of Pulp Friction 2014. And the ending, although I refuse to even hint it to you, is absolutely perfect. I loved it.
As each of these series progresses, I become further and further engrossed within the lives of all of these characters. I am head over heels for Charlie and Amos and the ending of Tremors nearly brought me to my knees. This story—Frankie and Brady—brought the first light of redemption to the darkness threatening to take them down. And Frankie finally opens his eyes to what is right in front of him. And for that alone it was worth cracking this book, although everything else just made it all the sweeter. I highly recommend Frankie’s Knight by T.A. Webb read in succession with the rest of the Pulp Friction 2014 series.