Title: Closing Ranks
Publisher: DSP Publications
Author: Ethan Stone
Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.
Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp’s and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.
Closing Ranks is the fourth book in the Flesh series by author Ethan Stone. This is a mystery series that revolves around Christian Stone and those close to him. While the first two books centered on Christian, books three and four center on associates of the Detective. In Closing Ranks a new character is introduced that shakes things up just a little.
Jeremy Ranklin is IAB and new to the department. His first introduction to everyone is not a good, as he has taken down one of the departments own. While most want nothing to do with him, Christian and Kipp have no problem befriending the new officer. Jeremy finds himself drawn to both men and while he is envious of Christian and the fact that he is openly gay, he is hot for Kipp and has a hard time remembering to play it straight. While the relationship between Jeremy and Kipp is important, the story is primarily a mystery.
The author really out did himself with this story. I was shocked by the death that Jeremy, Christian, and Kipp find themselves investigating. The fact that the men end up having to do most of the investigating ‘off book’ does not bode will. There are many twists and turns and it is easy to see everyone as the bad guy at one point or the other. This truly is a mystery that will have you guessing; unfortunately it is also one that is hard to review without giving anything away. The author does a wonderful job wrapping everything up in a way that is believable. He also leaves you wanting more.
This is a series that really should be read in order so that you get the full knowledge of those important to the series. If you are a mystery fan and have not yet read any of the books in this series, I strongly suggest that you give them a try.
Reviewed by: Lydia