Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Two Nick Nowak Novellas
SERIES: Boystown #3
AUTHOR: Marshall Thornton
PUBLISHER: Kenmore Books
LENGTH: 194 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2015
In the two novellas that make up the third book in the popular Boystown Mysteries private Investigator Nick Nowak works two challenging cases and grapples with an even more challenging personal life. In Little Boy Boom, Nick’s car explodes when a thief attempts to steal it. Realizing the bomb was meant for him, Nick sets out to discover who wants him dead only to find that the list of possible suspects is longer than he’d like. When he begins to run out of suspects he wonders if the bomb was truly meant for him. Little Boy Tenor finds Nick investigating the murderer of a church choir’s star tenor, while at the same time his friend Ross asks him to discover the truth behind his lover, Earl Silver’s mysterious death. As he juggles the two cases, he becomes increasingly disturbed by what he learns.
The hits just keep on coming. Another book that I could not put down. This series gets better with each read.
Nick has two cases in this book that are really disturbing in some ways. Plus his personal life just seems to be getting worse instead of better. And now someone wants to kill him. Again. In the first story, he is trying to stop someone from stealing his car when it blows up in front of him. He has to make a list of people who would want to kill him and he sees his list isn’t exactly short. As he works through each person, he is finding out that one of his back cases may just get a slap on the wrist for trying to commit murder. In the second book, he is asked to find out who killed a choir boy by a priest who is being set up. As he digs into this case, he learns that few of these people are what they seem. And he doesn’t like what they are hiding. During this he digs to find out what happened to a friend’s ex lover and the details are not pretty. Especially when some of the symptoms are hitting close to home.
Nick has been having a hard time. His boyfriend Harker isn’t getting better and he is frustrated with his doctor. He thought he would be getting his life back when Harker went back to work. He also thought he would be getting Daniel back. But Daniel has decided he isn’t going to wait for Nick to make up his mind whether or not to break up with Harker and Nick is at a crossroads. He wants a life with Daniel but he feels guilty over Harker and his being sick. I feel bad for Nick not knowing what to do. I can understand why he wouldn’t want to leave Harker, but my problem with this is that Nick keeps having sex with everyone. There’s no monogamy, no loyalty or anything. And in a world where diseases are popping up left and right, that’s dangerous. He is learning about a major one in his cases when things aren’t adding up and he’s pretty sure Harker may be sicker than what everyone is thinking.
The cases he has this time are leaving him drained as well. Between almost being blown up, shot, and beat up, he finds the people he is working for and investigating are more twisted than he thought. He already had a low opinion of people in general but these cases he’s had are making it worse. A wife setting up her husband because she hated who he was getting close to. People blowing up others to get the dead person’s wife. It’s twisted and warped and he has had enough. There are more twists and turns as he gets further involved leaving you wondering who has done what and what’s going to happen. Off to read the next adventure! Happy reading!