Title: Flesh and Blood
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: DSP Publications
Detective Cristian Flesh is about to find out that he can only run from his past for so long.
When a local man is attacked and the suspect is a hustler, Cristian knows there’s more to the case than meets the eye. His investigation will lead him into a maze of lies, deceit, and underage prostitution. But that’s only the beginning as people start disappearing and turning up dead. Cristian begins to realize that solving the case and stopping the murders won’t be enough. If he wants to make his new life with lawyer Colby Maddox work, he’ll need to face the demons of his past and put them to rest once and for all.
Flesh and Blood is the second book in Mr. Stone’s Flesh series. Like the first book this story is a mystery story that will grab you from the beginning and hold your interest until the last page.
This story finds Cristian embroiled in another crime that makes him face his past, more than once. Like the mystery that was woven throughout the first book, this one is also very gritty and touches on some topics that may be difficult for the readers. I like the way the author handles these situations, keeping them realistic without making them appear gratuitous. I also love the way the author has so much going on that it is hard to figure out just were the mystery is taking you.
I don’t want to give away too much about the case that Cristian finds himself dealing with as it would be very easy to turn this review into a spoiler. Just know that there are many twists and turns, all of which the author wraps up nicely. There are also a few OMG! moments and more than once I found myself close to tears, even though I have read this book many times already. There are also some surprising revelations regarding Cristian’s childhood, yet in some ways it is not really that much of a shock.
One of the things I love the most about these books is the way that Colby continues to support Cristian regardless of what he cop throws at him. Throughout the story Colby is right there lending Cristian his strength, and believe me, there are times when I do not think Cristian would have made it without his lover there.
While I have read several books by this author, this series continues to be my favorite. It is one that must be read in order and there is at least one more book to follow. I hope the author will add more at a later date as I will hate to see it end.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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