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In this second LA-based adventure, bookseller Adrien English arrives at the Pine Shadow Ranch (left to him by a beloved grandmother) to find a corpse in his driveway. But by the time the unfriendly local sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared.

Who are the mysterious strangers excavating on his land? And will he sort out his problems with LAPD Detective Jake Riordan, heavily into S/M sex but not so hot on relationships? Find out in this engrossing, slyly witty thriller.

(This novel was previously published by Loose Id Publishing as The Adrien English Mysteries Omnibus)

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In Josh Lanyon's A Dangerous Thing, the second in his on-going series of Los Angeles-based thrillers, featuring bookseller Adrien English, a holiday trip, following directly on from the "Gay Slasher Killings" narrated in Fatal Shadows, proves far less relaxing than English anticipates. But one corpse is not enough and as the body count mounts, so does the excitement.

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  • 紙の本の長さ: 236 ページ
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  • 出版社: Just Joshin (2012/5/7)
  • 販売: Amazon Services International, Inc.
  • 言語: 英語
  • ASIN: B0081C8RU4
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5つ星のうち 5.0 M/M mystery and love (sort of) story 2014/10/25
投稿者 Shannon M. - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I am a huge fan of the Psycop series by Jordan Price. There was such amazing chemistry between her lead characters Vic and Jacob. When I finished that series, I nearly went into mourning, thinking I would never find another fictional couple who had me rooting for them so deeply.
I found them. Adrien English and Jake Riordan have that spark that I need to completely fall in love with a series. I know I'm finding them a little late- I always seem to find the best books years after their release, but for me, it's a first discovery, and I love it! Adrien is something of a smartass, which I love, and I also love that he pulls no punches with Jake's self-hatred.
It took me a little longer to like Jake, because I thought Adrien deserves better than some closet case who can't appreciate him. But Jake slowly grew on me, too, with the scenes in which, in spite of himself, he really does care about Adrien.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Adrien English and The Trouble at Ol' Pine Shadow Ranch! 2014/3/31
投稿者 Rosa, really - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
If the first book Fatal Shadows is noirish, than A Dangerous Thing is definitely a Western--*Adrien English Rides Again!*. Or perhaps *Adrien English and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre!*. (*said in movie announcer voice*)

Lanyon definitely knows how to infuse a book with the right sort of atmosphere. From the 2 old "geezers" telling jokes about Custer, to Jake eating his morning "vittles," to the Sheriff telling Adrien not to leave town, you never forget that you could be reading *Adrien English and The Trouble at Ol' Pine Shadow Ranch*. LA is gone...this here's mother lode country, wipper-snappers! Lanyon almost made me completely happy when Adrien said, "There's gold in thar hills!" ("Them thar hills" would've done it.)

What makes this book an homage and not a caricature (not to mention a fantastic read in general) is Adrien himself. He's just as surprised as the reader to find himself staring in *Adrien English & The Tale of the Missing Corpse* (last one I swear). I like how Adrien (Jake, too) is completely aware of the ridiculousness of his situation.

"I'm a thirty-something gay man with a dodgy heart. I sell books for a living. Who wants to read about that?"

Normal people in the "real world" don't constantly stumble across dead bodies and then solve their murder.

[Jake] "Adrien, people get killed all the time. Since when is it your job to find out what happened to them?"
"I'm not usually suspected of murdering them."
"You have been as long as I've known you."

Sometimes authors seem to forget that in the "real world" someone like Miss Marple would've been strongly suspected of being a complete sociopath who did more than knit baby booties with those needles of hers. Lanyon doesn't and that makes reading this series even more enjoyable.

As for the romance, it's bittersweet. Jake is the perfect romance hero: a loyal friend, heart of gold, hot--& more than capable of some serious emotional effery.

But Adrien isn't some Barbara Cartland heroine. At one point he says to Jake, "you came after me...every step of the way." And that's true, but Adrien also meets Jake step for step. There are no virginal innocents here.

25 years of romance reading tells me it's all going to come out right in the end--after all Josh Lanyon did say he believes in HEAs. The tortuous jerk.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Just read this whole series as soon as you can 2014/1/20
投稿者 Adrienne - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
I should have written a review after I finished each book, but since I didn't, this is a review of the entire series (no spoilers):

I love this entire series. In all earnestness. It is so clever, so funny, so unique, so beautiful, just the best...probably my favorite series of all time. Josh Lanyon is probably also my favorite author because no matter how short or long the story he spins is, you always become invested in its outcome and enjoy its duration. Adrien and Jake...wow...I just love those two with all my heart. Even when I was pissed off at one or both. There's five books, and so much goes on between Jake and Adrien, and outside of them, that the story is so hard at times, spans years, and works through a lot of obstacles, but you enjoy every second of it. The mysteries are so well written, that you really have no idea who done it until Adrien knows (and I usually can guess beforehand with other authors). The characters are all so distinctive and unique and colorful that you react to them on way or another.

Things never turn out how you think, some parts pain your heart, sometimes you're sitting there yelling at the book and waving your arms around, sometimes you are tearing up, sometimes you are laughing until your abs hurt, sometimes you are hoping so hard it consumes your head, and sometimes you are smiling so hard and wide and so happily that you feel all warm inside. And through it all, you won't be able to get Adrien and Jake out of your head (nor will you want to). I don't quite hold all other books to these because I know none will stand up to them, but they easily take the cake. I really can't say enough about or fully describe the intricacies of Lanyon's writing or how he just sunk a hole in one with this series, I can only urge you with all of my heart to read it, and I will buy all of them in paperback (I have them now on kindle) to reread sometime soon. Plus I still have the interactive sixth book to enjoy! So, potential reader, the bottom line is that Adrien and Jake and their mysteries will worm their way into your heart, and will never get out, so just read, enjoy, and cherish.

P.S. After you read "The Dark Tide" (the fifth book), read the interview Josh Lanyon did answering lingering questions about the end of the series (or more accurately, clearing up a few things and "checking in" with the characters about their life sixth months after the conclusion of the series).
5つ星のうち 5.0 A Great Read, 2013/10/26
投稿者 Alan Arthur Katz - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
This is my fourth Josh Lanyon book in a week. They're all good, because Mr. Lanyon is a talented and masterful writer. If you enjoy reading well-written books, then this one is for you.

The second in a series about a bookstore owner and soon-to-be-published author, this one visits the ranch Adrien inherited from his grandmother, but has avoided visiting for many years after her death. Too many memories.

This is a pretty standard mystery, but saved from ordinariness by the quality of Mr. Lanyon's writing.

Except, that is, for his ending. Yes, he always ends with a happily-ever-after, or at least the promise or possibility of one.

But, I've noticed that, over the last few books, his endings have been rather abrupt. There's never an epilogue, just an incredibly fast tying up of all loose threads as information - no emotional context, whatsoever. For some reason, that lack of emotional resonance in his endings is beginning to get to me. Like many people (and some of the reviews here indicate that others agree with me), I prefer a moving ending that leaves me with a smile on my face, a hitch in my breathing or a soaring heart - or any combination of the aforementioned.

Update: I have just finished the 5th, and last, book in Mr. Lanyon's Adrien English series, and I withdraw my criticism of his endings. The final book has the ending that wraps up all the others, and does so with such passion, economy of words and heartfelt dialog that it's simply stunning to behold. After reading "A Dangerous Thing", I consider the endings of the first four books not to be endings, but just intermissions leading to the profound and moving finale of the last one. For more, see my review of "The Dark Tide".
5つ星のうち 5.0 #2 is Fantastic 2014/5/31
投稿者 J.R. - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
This story pushed all my buttons. Witty, fun, hot sexy love scene, and a good mystery.

Adrien once again decides that running away is better than trying to deal with the complex relationship he has with Jake. Under the guise of writing, he goes off to the abandon ranch that he inherited from his grandmother. Of course, with Adrien the improbable happens when he spies a body in front if the house as he drives up. He alerts the local sheriff, who finds no body when he arrives.

His credibility in question, and maybe his sanity, Adrien discovers a field of pot, his caretaker has disappeared, and there is an archaeological team hunting for a lost gold mine on his property. Adrien is relieved and surprise to find Jake has followed him into the mess that surrounds him.

The mystery is fun, kept me guessing, but the real story is Adrien and Jake. Jake's closet is deep and Adrien's insecurities are sometimes overwhelming. but the thread that ties them together is strong. Hopefully, it is strong enough to keep them together. I give it a musty archive full of stars.
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