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L.A. Heat

(L.A. #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,030 ratings  ·  85 reviews
In L.A. Heat, a serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles and he's targeting gay men. LAPD Detective David Laine--himself gay but deeply closeted--is assigned to the case with his homophobic partner, Martinez Diego. The nature of the crimes and the brutalization of the victims bring disturbing emotions to the surface for David. Laine and his partner have a suspect: Chri ...more
ebook, 340 pages
Published July 2008 by Bristlecone Pine Press (first published July 1st 2006)
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Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has some real rip, shit-eating, heart stopping, erratic pulse humping action, suspense and drama all rolled into one hellova book.

I'm usually good at guessing, so I keep saying, on the who done it, but dayum I was so stumped and when I thought to say 'I fawking knew it' I'll be a monkey's uncle in saying I was soooo wrong!

It was a relief to see one character made it through what was clearly traumatizing at the hands of a sick sack-of-shit and for a sec I thought for Chris he was done in, bu
Ugh. Um. 3.75! Rounded.. down. Which makes no sense, but who the fuck are you, the sovereign of my rating scale? PFT.

The mystery in this deserves at 6/5. It's fucking great. God, I loved the mystery. I always thought I knew what up but I read Ami's review and she said the killer isn't revealed until later so I can trying to be crafty. Did anyone but me FOR SURE think it was (view spoiler). I did after I initially thought Trevor. Anyway. Fantastic mystery.

The romance lacke
Wow, what a page-turner. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time! I really liked both David and Chris, their personalities, the fact that even though Chris was your usual cute Californian boy, David was anything but. And the mystery was quite intriguing too. I mean, I thought that I had the baddie pegged right away but boy, was I wrong or what? Also, it was a gay mystery without detailed sex scenes that would take pages and pages of text, the author didn't shirk the plot and that was quite ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nomance
I swear I'll keep it short I swear I swear I swear:

Things I like:

o Chris is a total bum and David is not really cute, because love should be an eye-of-the-beholder thing and once in a while it's great to read about people who can't stop traffic (unless David flashes his badge, in which case he can) getting laid.

o The mystery actually kept me guessing - there being multiple suspicious individuals - and the red herring also worked, so it's all good.

Thinks I did not like:

o David is a closet case wh
4.0 Stars

I've had this on my TBR shelf forever and it finally took someone picking it for me in a challenge to get around to it. I don't know why I was so reluctant to read it or why I'm surprised it was actually quite good. Yeah, I don't know why I waited so long.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was a refreshing change from typical detective mysteries in that there was actual detecting. The officers were smart and asked good questions and interviewed the right witnesses. There were real consequences for inappropriate actions. But like regular police work, sometimes it was a little dull.

I really liked the main detective. He was really a great guy and his motivations were clear cut and made sense. I didn't like Chris at all at first but he grew on me. He changed quite a bit but ther
4.0 Stars

LAPD Detective David Laine is gay but deeply closeted. He's assigned to investigate a string of murders targeting gay men. Chris Bellamere - an openly gay California "golden boy" - is their prime suspect. I loved both David and Chris. They were wonderfully imperfect characters (my fave) with admirable qualities. The mystery was riveting and had me guessing to the end.

Bottom line: A page-turner!
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner of this genre. The murder/mystery part is good -- Ms. Brown reveals the culprit in an effective way that keeps my toes till the end. It's more serious than few other books of this genre that I have read. More vicious and messy -- kinda reminded me of Karen Rose's novels. The romance part is also wonderful. The sex is fairly light (I like it that way) and the emotion between the main characters, David and Chris is just right without being pushed to your face.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, gay, ebook, 2012, done, romance
Very good gay mystery with a titch of romance about a sexy, slutty IT geek accused of murder and the deeply closeted cop conflicted between attraction and duty. Be aware that there are some graphic descriptions of mutilated bodies...
Ms. Nikki
Fantastic book that kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Sounds funny, but I really could have gone without David and C hooking up even though it rounded out the book. Highly recommended for those who like mystery suspense!
k reads
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, quiltbag

This is a tricky one to rate - more like 2.5 stars.

The mystery is good. Vicious, unsettling and absorbing. I was convinced I knew who the murderer was but I was waaay off and I dug that. I always enjoy a mystery that can keep me guessing. It goes a little off the rails towards the end (note to MC: When you discover major evidence, its best to tell the cops - especially when you are fucking one of them.), but still remained absorbing.

So, yeah, I liked the mystery.

My big problem with this? Pretty
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written crime story with interesting characters. It is a serial killer story, not exactly original, but with the gay story line also not too cliched. I liked both MCs, I liked how things developed between them.
The "heat" in the title is a little misleading - it only describes the weather in this case. I didn't miss the step by step accounts here, but just for managing expectations: no explicit descriptions, just hinting. The book was good and entertaining, so I didn't miss this part
Nancy L
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Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-fiction
Synopsis from here at Alyson Bookstore.
When LAPD detective David Laine first encounters hunky party boy Chris Bellamere, it is to interrogate him about the murder of one of Chris's many sexual conquests. When Chris's efforts to prove his own innocence mark him as a victim, David steps in to save him, and finds himself falling in love with a man who might be a brutal murderer. P.A. Brown's debut is a gritty mystery set in LA's edgy, less glamorous East Side, where gangs co-mingle with gays, gunfi
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-are
Excellent plot-driven thriller in which a serial killer is targeting gay men, and the deeply closeted lead detective finds himself terrifyingly attracted to the pretty blond playboy who is either the prime suspect--or next victim. Not an original premise, but very well handled here.

The mystery aspect of this one takes precedence over the romance. There are numerous characters among whom to search for the killer, and the ultimate reveal came as a surprise at least to this reader. The danger plot
I loved this one! And it was such a treat to get to read it in print format.

Of the two protagonists, I have to say I liked David over Chris. I found Chris too emotionally immature even at the end of the book whereas I felt David had come a long way from his tightly closed closet. It was as if the guy had locked himself in and thrown away the key!

I liked how their romance developed, not in a rush, but rather well-paced and in keeping with L A Heat being a murder mystery. The relationship developm
Three and a half stars. I enjoyed the mystery but the romance was a total bust. The book moves along at a decent clip and the author mostly succeeded with the dry, realistic tone of the investigation. However, when she tried to interject romance the tone was completely at odds with the rest of the book. I simply couldn't accept grown men falling in love at the drop of the hat and acting like overgrown teens, especially in the context of the larger story. Having a detective be attracted to someon ...more
Bergur Arnar
It was good, especially for a first novel from an author.
I really liked the build-up to the relationship (view spoiler)
The revelation of who the murderer was actually surprised me, I was dead set on (view spoiler) being the murderer.
I liked most of the characters and I liked Martinez's reaction(view spoiler)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
I always have soft spot for law enforcement who fell for his witness/suspect, but the romance between David and Christ took 30% to spark, I kinda tired waiting. Also the ILU was too soon, considering that David has been in the closet far too long and they knew each other only for weeks. I need more bonding...

The mystery though, while it manage to keep me guessing, it has gaping plot hole (view spoiler)
Matthew Vandrew
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
I was a bit reluctant at first because deeply-closeted-cop-falls-for-an-openly-gay-suspect-who-turns-out-to-be-a-victim - just how many times we've read that? Together with the final scenes of gay-boy in distress and the knight in his shining armor coming to rescue, all by himself? Fortunately, this book is written well, with some cleverly placed red herrings and is more thriller than m/m romance. Some way too convenient clues towards the end but otherwise it's a decent book.
This was a good mystery/detective book but if you're looking for a strong romantic aspect then forget it. I would have given a higher rating if I loved crime suspense books because it was well written and the story line was very good but just not my thing. I like waaay more love and sex in my books. :D
Waaaay to long. This was a hard book for me to finish. I didn't like the MC's, I wasn't a fan of the writing but the plot, in theory, was good. Just felt like was a lot of "filler" words that didn't do anything to help tell the story.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good gay murder mystery thriller. I could not put this one down the minute I hit the first page. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The relationship between Chris and David needed a little more effort to be convincing. They went from a stolen kiss to love faster than David's Chevy could go zero to sixty. I wasn't sold on their attraction to one another, and I thought that Chris was immature. I had trouble believing that he was falling for a man who was trying to pin a bunch of serial murders on him. At one point, I think after they have sex for the first time or maybe its just blowjobs (I am not making the effort to double c ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
A serial killer is preying on L.A.'s gay community. Detective David Blaine and his partner hone in on party boy Chris Bellamere as their prime suspect thanks to his connection to several of the victims, making deeply closeted David's attraction to him extremely inconvenient - an attraction that is very much reciprocated. Once it becomes clear that the detectives are looking at the wrong man, though, it soon appears that the real killer is fixated on Chris and likely to come after him. David is d ...more
in interesting story but the romance is a bit hard to believe after DAvids behaviour in the first half
Diane Dannenfeldt
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 300-400_pgs, m-m
This was a really good mystery & I didn't have the killer figured out. I'm not 100% sold on the relationship, yet. I can't wait to continue this series.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah but nah.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic by-the-book cop falling for the chief suspect theme story that shines in the practical aspects but falls a little flat in the emotion. Coming in at almost 400 pages, this may seem a bit of a daunting book but don’t let that turn you away as the dialogue is quick and the book reads surprisingly fast. The mystery is absorbing and while not especially complex with the clues are easily laid out, the story is well written and enthralling, keeping you reading long after the outcome may be ob ...more
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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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