Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish
Series: Fish Out of Water: Book Two
Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 11 hours and 48 minutes
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: The action in this book is once again expertly told by Amy Lane. There is true suspense throughout, but the book’s climax is delivered by Tremblay in such a way that you will not want it interrupted. He hits each word with the vigor and emotion they need to be impactful.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.
Review: Jackson Rivers is a survivor. He survived early childhood and a shitty mother. He survived living with a dangerous crowd until a kind but stern neighbor took him in and gave him a family. He made it out of school and became a cop—until, while undercover, Jackson was horribly wounded and hung out to dry while spending months recovering from his wounds. He made it past that trauma and wound up a private investigator for a large law firm where his sister works. At the firm he meets Ellery, a young lawyer with much promise and a stack of cases that put him and Jackson in some dicey situations that culminated in Jackson’s home being shot up and nearly destroyed. In the midst of the madness, Jackson, who has never been one for commitment, falls hard for Ellery and Ellery Falls for him.
Now that the pair are (sort of) living together, things seem to be settling. At least, until a group of drug dealers start squatting in Jackson’s still-under-repair home and a body is discovered—a body that turns out to be Jackson’s just-about-useless mother. Action kicks into high gear when it becomes known that Jackson and Ellery may be dealing with a serial killer, one who, for some reason, has a thing for Jackson.
Greg Tremblay returns to this series to lend his incomparable talents to yet another not-to-be missed narration. Very few voice actors can deliver a book to a listener with so much depth of talent. There is not one missed step in this narration. You should just plan the day so you don’t have to stop listening to it beginning to end.
The action in this book is once again expertly told by Amy Lane. There is true suspense throughout, but the book’s climax is delivered by Tremblay in such a way that you will not want it interrupted. The deepening relationship between Jackson and Ellery is palpable. Their stuttering attempts at true closeness beyond the incredible sex is written in detail and delivered by Tremblay with enough passion to make your Kindle or tablet smolder. Ellery’s mother, Lucy Satan, returns with her velvet battle-axe ways. She does not aim herself at Ellery or his partner and lover, Jackson, and gods help anyone who comes for either of them. Jackson’s adopted sister is the only woman in the world who would give Lucy a run for her money, and this time she’s siding with Lucy. Tremblay delivers both women as they are: strong, willful, and deeply loving towards both Jackson and Ellery.
There is no real slow part in this book. Tremblay hits each word with the vigor and emotion they need to be impactful. All the suspense, Owen’s serial killer behavior, and the growing passion between Jackson and Ellery are impossible to miss. This is book two in the series and while you don’t need book one to fully enjoy this story, I would highly recommend you start with book one to see the history and evolution of all the characters that populate this world, and also because book one is also read by Tremblay and you don’t want to miss that. Buy this book, you will not be sorry. There are so few voice actors with Greg Tremblay’s talents. Never miss a chance to hear him perform a book for you.
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