The Hunt Book Cover The Hunt
J.M. Dabney & Davidson King
M/M Suspense
Hostile Whispers Press, LLC
September 14, 2018

Disgraced detective turned private investigator, Ray Clancy, left the force with a case unsolved. Finding the killer was no longer his problem, but it still haunted him. How long would he survive the frustration of not knowing before he gave into the compulsion of his nature to solve the crime?

Server, Andrew Shay, existed where he didn’t feel he belonged, living behind the guise of a costume. Yet it paid the bills, and he refused to complain about the little things in life. One night he returned home from work to find his roommate dead and the killer still there. Afraid and alone, his life spiraled and he didn’t know what to do. Could a detective at his core and a scared young man join forces to bring down the killer in their midst?

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Ray Clancy is a detective investigating the third murder of a young gay man who was mutilated when he is framed for taking a bribe and loses his job. It has been six months since he lost his job and since he opened his own private investigation business. During the six months the murderer has suddenly stopped killing but he still can’t forget the case he didn’t solve.

Ray was not a well liked detective since he had a less than stellar childhood and ran with well known criminals but he put all that behind him and pushed to be the best detective he could.

Andrew Shay works as a server in a very exclusive restaurant and lives with his friend Francis. Both men work hard and are trying to get enough money together to move to a better neighborhood but those dreams come crashing down when Andy arrives home from work to find Francis bleeding and his killer still in the room. The killer is back but this time he didn’t get to finish the job and he was seen.

When Ray finds out about the new killing he can’t stop himself from investigating on his own he knows that the police are not revealing everything to the public and he knows that more young men will die. When Andy researches the previous killings and discovers the detective who was in charge he contacts him and together the hunt is on. Andy’s life is in danger but the police are not doing their job of protecting him, a job that Ray takes over.

Andy moves in with Ray and although there is a large age gap between the two men they seem to find that special something each is looking for, now more than ever Ray is determined to keep the man he is falling for safe. The killings continue and the killer leaves no clues so catching him seems to be an impossible task leaving Ray no alternative but to seek out his previous acquaintances, those who deal on the wrong side of the law and who are in a better position to help him than the police.

There is explicit sex and violence but when you look past that there is a very suspenseful and romantic story and a who-done-it that surprised me because I never saw it coming. Loved the book, loved the characters and loved how the authors took me on the hunt with them.