A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.
A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.
Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
Well, that left a bad taste in my mouth.
Elliot, the protagonist calls a black woman racist, twice. Apparently it’s a two way street and you can’t call someone a racist without being one yourself. Especially if you’re black, and a woman.
Speaking of the women, none of them are shown in a positive light: Dad’s family friend is a possible cheater, Elliot’s boss is a no-nonsense strong woman so of course she’s overbearing, a student is either a airhead or a hapless seducer, and of course the racist aunt of a missing student.
Without Elliot’s misogynistic attitude for women the slow burn reconnection with his ex-lover-slash-coworker was pretty well done. There was a problem with miscommunication or lack of communication.
The murder mystery was as well done as can be expected from a Lanyon, which is to say it’s predictable only if you pay attention to it. I’ve learned not to.