Both detectives know that there’s different kinds of dangerous—the obvious threat you clock on approach, and the one you never see comin’…
Colt Harkan’s not much of laughing man, or he might more appreciate the biggest joke of his life. Fresh from his time undercover, that first day at Mason PD finds him partnered with Everett Kane—a man determined to stumble through life and still come up the golden boy.
Makes it all look so easy, talking to people with his sun-bright smile. Everett just…cares. It’s like the man can’t help it.
But even in Mason, Colt sees darkness at the fringes, and catching that State Rodeo case starts two unexpected obsessions: proving Patrick Combs was a murder, and screwing around with Ev in the backseat of their car. Seems to work out fine for them both, when Ev isn’t busy with his women or his wife.
One of these days, Everett’s gonna find the rock bottom he’s digging for, and Colt can’t help but push him along. Because the bosses won’t admit it, but Combs was a murder, and that bigshot Richard Edwards knows something for sure.
Ev would say it makes him a pessimist, but Colt just has that feeling, an ice-sharp truth learned in days spent dodging death. Gettin’ honest words from Edwards and Everett both might be what kills Colt yet.
This book was a struggle for me from the first page and, by 25% in, I called it on this one. The book starts in what is the story’s present day, which is 2018. Within each chapter, there are flashbacks to different times. Sometimes it goes back 8 years, and sometimes back 9 years, and then returns to 2018 and I found this structure awkward and ineffective.
It’s rare that after 25% of a book I can say that I don’t really know what it’s about. The author’s note states that the book is written the way they like to read where you “fall in love with characters first (and then we care about the spice).” I did not feel any of this, however, as there was limited character development. Colt and Everett are both detectives and there is some kind of case. Everett is married and he constantly cheats on his wife and it seems everyone knows but her and it doesn’t take long for Everett and Colt to pull their vehicle over to the side of the road where Colt is immediately on his knees.
The writing is muddled and unclear. The men also start calling each other nicknames that just added to the confusion of not knowing who these characters were. I could not grab onto the characters, whatever kind of relationship they were having, or the police work and this is not a book I would recommend.