Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: An Honorable Man
SERIES: Men of Manhattan – Book 7
AUTHOR: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
LENGTH: 147 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2016
Officer Danny Finnegan loves his job. As one of the youngest faces on the police force, he has taken on the challenge of going undercover to catch a serial killer in Manhattan. Ten rent boys have been murdered, and Danny knows it won’t be long before another one turns up dead in an alley. He and his partner, Tiernan Callahan, gear up to hit the seedy side of the city that never sleeps. There’s only one problem. They need help to make Danny’s cover convincing.
Bobby Laughlin left the back streets of Manhattan behind when he came way too close to becoming another number in the rent boy killings. He spends most of his time on Fire Island working at a bar. He is trying to get his life back on track when officer Danny Finnegan walks back into his life. Bobby was attracted to Danny the first time he saw him — when the boyish-looking cop took Bobby’s statement after a client beat him brutally. Working with the sexy cop could be dangerous. It would put him right back on the streets he’s been trying so hard to avoid.
Bobby reluctantly takes on the task of teaching Danny how to work the streets. As things heat up on the case and in their hearts, Bobby finds himself falling for Danny, and Danny has eyes only for Bobby.
But can they catch a killer before one of them ends up as the next headline?
I was happy to see a seventh book in the Men of Manhattan series. I knew it was coming out at roughly the same time as the sixth book which I reviewed a couple weeks ago, but knowing and having in my grubby little hands are two totally different things. I really like Ms. Gasq-Dion’s books and this series in particular. I’m going to be honest though, that this latest one didn’t hold my attention as much as the previous ones (particularly the first few.) It was still a good read, but not quite as enthralling in my opinion, as the previous ones.
In An Honorable Man the focus moves over to Bobby Laughlin the friend of Ryan from Book Six. Bobby, like Ryan, was a rent-boy, working the streets and was almost murdered by the serial killer who has been preying on young rent-boys in that previous book. He was rescued by Tiernan Callahan, who you will remember best as one of the two main characters back in Book Five, A Healing Man. Tiernan’s partner on the police force is a young man named Danny Finnegan. When Tiernan rescued Bobby after the attempted murder, Danny spent days at Bobby’s bedside, but he lost track of Bobby when Bobby left the hospital.
Now Danny is going to go undercover to try to flush out the serial killer preying on the young rent-boys of the city. The death count is rising and something must be done. To fit in and learn the ropes, Danny approaches Bobby who is now working as a waiter out on Fire Island. When Bobby agrees to help, neither young man realizes what a roller coaster they are about to climb onto.
I liked this book. I kind of suspected who the serial killer was before they were finally revealed, but not until close to the end of the book…and it was a good lead up. I liked the tale of these two men. I’m not sure if there is another installment coming at some point in this series. I’ve got a couple who I suspect might be next…a certain straight man and a certain drag queen?
I recommend this entire series. It is my favorite from Ms. Gasq-Dion.