Well, I’m officially all caught up on Christopher Rice novels and am ready for his next one to be released. This one was definitely not my favorite of his books but I still liked it and thought it was interesting.
John Houck is a discharged Marine who is still struggling with a mistake he made in Iraq that seriously injured Mike, his friend and commanding officer. After a long period of silence between them, John goes over to visit his friend only to discover Mike’s murdered body. He chases down the person that he believes to be responsible for his death, but instead finds out that this person was Mike’s lover, Alex, and that he is being framed for the crime. John, a serious homophobe, struggles with the reality of Mike’s homosexuality while trying to bring to justice the man that really killed him.
As I said, this isn’t my favorite of Rice’s novels, mostly because the two main protagonists are fairly unlikeable. I have no sympathy for homophobia, no matter what background a person might have, so it was difficult to like John even though he was trying to do the right thing. Alex was not a pleasant character either; he was very entitled and unnecessarily combative. But it was still an interesting story and Rice has a gift for building suspense, so I will probably end up reading it again in the future.