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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: The Peripheral Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery #14) by Dorien Grey

3 Stars
The Peripheral Son
Series: A Dick Hardesty Mystery, #14
Author: Dorien Grey
Genre: Male/Male, Mystery,
Paperback
Pages: 235
I have to admit that at the start of this novel I was so confused with the characters; we had so many introduced right in the first few chapters—Dick, Joshua, Jonathan, Cory, Tim, etc.

It actually took me a good portion of the book to figure them all out and so I found that a little frustrating but the actual plot/mystery of the novel intrigued me and I found myself really getting into it.

Our main character, Dick Hardesty, a private investigator has took a case looking for a missing freelance investigator.

The man he is looking for is Victor Koseva and he isn’t going to be easy to find. Dick finds that Victor was a loner, and had his concerned sister-in-law not called upon Dick to find him, likely no one would know he was missing at all.

While looking for Victor, Dick finds himself being pulled into corporate scams, Victor’s fathers boxing empire and more all of which Victor may have been investigated and that may have caused him to ‘disappear’.

But in the end, even Dick is surprised to find out who really did it.

One thing that, well not bothered me but I would have liked to seen in the book was something between Dick and his love, Jonathan. To me it did not really seem like they were in a relationship at all just people that lived together and raised a kid—I could find no emotional connection to make to them as a partnership which made the relationship feel not real/solid to me.

Altogether though I did like the book and I do plan on picking up the first book as soon as I can—hopefully that will give me a more complete look at the authors writing and this series as a whole—kind of put this book in perspective.

Because of all the characters and relationships going on in this book I HIGHLY recommend picking up the previous books in this series before just picking up some random number and staring to read if you are new to the series.

*I received an Ebook copy of this book for free to review from the author.



1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your kind review of The Peripheral Son, Holly. I do appreciate it. Your points about there being a lot of characters to keep up with is well taken. They're Dick and Jonathan's extended family. I do try to "reintroduce" each of them in each book, since I'm aware of the problem you stated. I'll work harder to convey the depth of love Dick and Jonathan have for one another, if you didn't find it obvious.

    Anyway, thank you again, and I do hope your words might encourage your readers to take a chance with it. I also look forward to your having the chance to read the rest of the books in the series.

    Best,

    Dorien

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