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I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon
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Nov 06, 11

bookshelves: m-m, spy-assassin, lovers-friends-reunited, bingo-challenge, medical-doctors-nurses, ipad-kindle, age-difference
Read in November, 2011 — I own a copy

3.5 stars.
Despite loving Josh Lanyon's clear and understated style of writing, this is probably not one of my preferred novels. I often find Lanyon's novels too short to truly satisfy me, but generally it doesn't detract from the story. Unfortunately, in this particular novel, the lack of length did raise a few issues for me.

We are intoduced to the two main characters when Stephen receives a phone call from Mark, who is alone, in trouble and asking for help. From the conversation and from Mark's thoughts, it is clear that Stephen is not a happy man when it comes to Mark. The reason behind Stephen's reactions is hinted at during the conversation, but it is only as the novel unfolds do we finally get a few more details as to what had happened in the past concerning these two very different men.

It is really the lack of details, both behind the estrangement and a few other areas, that I find an issue. A conversation that had taken place 4 months before the current story takes place seems to be a key turning point in their relationship, and while each character mentions segments of what was said, nothing is truly clear, leaving the reader somewhat confused. I also noticed at least a couple plot threads that seemed to be key to past and present circumstances yet they were left unresolved. As it happens, I am aware of at least one other stand alone novel in this series (I Spy Something Wicked) as well as a couple of even shorter stories available as part of a collection, where I suspect some of these issues are solved.

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So in conclusion, even knowing that there were/are further novels in this series, the lack of details did detract from the story for me. I admit, this is probably not a problem for many readers, (and in Lanyon's other series it wasn't the case), but for some reason these really stood out for me this time.
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