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Between Darkness and Light

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A shadow man, an enigma. He is a man who has purpose but no goal. A figure who walks between the darkness and the light.Detective Russell Hunter emerges from darkness into fine artist Stephen Fischer, darling of the Los Angeles art world. Can these two unravel the mystery surrounding the death of two of L.A's art critics before Stephen becomes the next victim. The downtown...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by MLR Press (first published October 2010)
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3.5 stars
An upcoming artist Stephen Fischer finds a dead woman body in front of his loft penthouse, a vitriolic art critic who attended his show that night. Soon his life is turning upside down when his sometime lover, Danny, who is with him when he finds a body, is also killed and a dark, observing detective with piercing eyes walks into his life.

I enjoy this new story by P.A. Brown. I know that the theme of detective falling for his suspect (or the other way around) is not really something new...more
Ayu Puspita Sari
It's nice to read a good detective novel after my brief hiatus in reading fiction. Actually I picked this for a preambule to read another Brown's mystery novels, since this is the only novel which not stand as series. And after I finished with this, I was more certain to read L.A.Heat and Geography of Murder.

I love the characters. Even though pictured as a gay artist, Stephen didn't too much of a queen or submissive. He was a top, and Russel also, so it's nice to see both of them submitting to t...more
Perfect PA Brown! Hard-hitting, realistic…sometimes just a little brutal…it’s a suspenseful, well-written story. Told from Stephen’s point of view, we get very little physical detail about the artist himself, but plenty of description of Hunter, painted as a private man with the unnerving ability to change from passionate lover to intense cop and back again within seconds. Hunter’s a man with painful secrets as opposed to Stephen who apparently has very few. One immersed in the dream-imaged sphe...more
This was a good read! I liked the romance and especially the development of the relationship between Stephen and Russell. The story spans only a few days, but there's a lot packed into it. The fact that our heroes are not the usual (clicheed) couple of big, strong alpha male and small sub, but are their own unique selves is on the plus side, too.
The crime plot isn't difficult to figure out, but that's no malus because I don't see it as the focus of the story. And there's quite a bit action to be...more
While I'm a big fan of PA Brown's police procedural books, I gave up on this one around page 80. The story is kind of silly and totally unbelievable. I just couldn't suspend disbelief enough to buy into how the cop is acting and that the suspect only really cares about how hot the cop is and whether or not they're flirting. When I started rolling my eyes every page I gave up. Too bad since Brown is usually such a solid writer but not for me I guess.
3.5 stars.

Mostly very enjoyable - lordie knows I love a good police/crime drama-themed m/m romance - but there were definitely some plot points that require a suspension of disbelief. (e.g., main character almost getting shot like 50 times, many of which were "grazing" shots, when the bad guy is supposed to be an excellent marksman. yeah right.)

I love the chemistry between the characters. The mystery is only ok but the developing relationship more than kept my interest.
I like her books better and better. I think it is a good mix between murder mystery and m/m.
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Pat Brown, writing as P.A. Brown, is the author of the Chris and David police procedural novels featuring LAPD homicide detective David Eric Laine and his lover, computer network engineer Christopher Bellamere. In L. A. Heat the first in the series, David is an uptight, in the closet cop living a life of denial and dark secrets he will protect at all costs. Then his life becomes entwined with Chri...more
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