Title: High Concept
Author: Whitley Grey
Publisher: Loose Id
Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.
After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.
The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.
High Concept, by Whitley Grey, is a mystery/suspense story that I am sure will bring the author many fans. The main characters, Beck and Zach, are both members of law enforcement. Beck is a member of the Denver PD who is trying to recover from a work related shooting that has also left him with PTSD. Zach is with the FBI and his position as profiler has him wondering at times about his change of profession. The two men have a past history that makes working together now, difficult for both of them. There is a connection between the two men; however both men are dealing with other issues that keep them from acting on those feelings right away. When they do break down and end up together, a misunderstanding almost pulls them apart again.
The author did a good job bringing these men alive. The realistic way in which Beck reacts, and the guilt he feels, makes him believable. Zach is just as believable in his actions, and it is easy to see that his job with the FBI is taking a toll on him. Then there are the outside issues that both men are dealing with. These problems make a large impact on how they relate with others and it shows in their relationship with each other.
The blurb for High Concept really grabbed my attention, and although I felt the story fell short as a romance, (this is just my personal opinion as I felt the two men spent so much time handling other issues that they were not given the time to form a real bond with each other), the mystery that is woven throughout this book really held my interest until the last page.
The murder mystery that is woven throughout High Concept is one of the best I have read in some time. I loved all the little twists and turns, and while it was easy to guess the bad guy, only because I disliked the character so much I could not see the person as anything else, the way the author unfolds the story left me amazed at times.
If you love mysteries, especially those with interesting twists thrown in along the way, then you are sure to love High Concept. While this is one of my first stories by this author, I am curious to see what else is available and will be keeping my eyes open for future books.
Reviewed by: Lydia