Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.
Jae-Min’s cousin had a dirty little secret, the kind that Cole has been familiar with all his life and that Jae-Min is still hiding from his family. The investigation leads Cole from tasteful mansions to seedy lover s trysts to Dirty Kiss, the place where the rich and discreet go to indulge in desires their traditional-minded families would rather know nothing about.
It also leads Cole McGinnis into Jae-Min’s arms, and that could be a problem. The death of Jae-Min’s cousin is looking less and less like a suicide, and Jae-Min is looking more and more like a target. Cole has already lost one lover to violence he’s not about to lose Jae-Min too.
A gay detective investigating the apparent suicide involving a powerful Korean family gets more than he bargained for, but can he come out with his life?
Cole McGinnis has had his share of bad luck, especially since his brother asked him to investigate the suicide of his powerful client’s son, Hyun-Shik, who was found in Dorthi Ki Seu, a ritzy gay night club. As I read, I couldn’t help feeling that Cole brought a lot of the trouble onto himself. He disobeys doctors’ orders, scourers murder scenes unaccompanied, and chases after suspected murders without backup. None of which seems intelligent for an ex-cop. Cole claims to do this all in the name of love for Jae Min, Hyun-Shik’s cousin. But it still didn’t read true for a man of his background.
I went into this book with such high hopes, but… it just didn’t live up to what I’ve come to expect from the author. The mystery grabbed me from the first chapter. I had to finish to know who killed Hyun-Shik, but the characters weren’t as real as those in other works by Ford so, I don’t feel compelled to continue the series.