Dead women tell no tales.
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.
Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.
Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.
Rook Stevens spent years running from the law, but not long after he’d gone straight he winds up with a dead woman’s blood on his hands. Not just any woman, either. No, he had to stumble on his goddamn enemy. To make matters worse, the cop assigned to his case is none other than Dante Montoya, the very attractive man that almost threw him in jail.
The struggle Dante feels between his duty as police officer and his attraction to a former outlaw is palpable. Once he’s convinced Rook is clear of the murder, however, he no longer denies his desire for the other man.
Of course there’s the expected push and pull – wouldn’t want to make it easy for the characters – but lines like this showcase the author’s mastery of dialogue:
“Because you’re a complication I don’t need, Montoya. A fucking hot complication I’d love to slide down into my throat and up my ass, but still, not one I need. So either let go or I’m going to make a mess of your pants with this coffee.”
Rhys Ford did a great job with this book. Everything from the supporting characters to the riveting plot right down to the Princess Bride references made this book pop right off the page. The only reason I’m not giving this five stars is that I had trouble connecting with Rook. He came off as unnecessarily abrasive for too long. But I’m sure that can be attributed to his mother abandoning him at an early age.