Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: The Lies That Bind
SERIES: Boystown #8
AUTHOR: Marshall Thornton
PUBLISHER: Kenmore Books
LENGTH: 244 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2016
The eighth book of the best-selling Boystown Mystery Series begins with a phone call in the middle of the night. Private investigator Nick Nowak is pulled into the troubled world of freelance journalist, and all around pain-in-the-ass, Christian Baylor. When Christian can’t stop lying about the corpse in his bathroom things slip slowly out of control. Meanwhile, Nick’s relationship with former priest Joseph Biernecki takes an unexpected turn and the Federal case against Jimmy English proceeds toward trial.
Well, we are in book 8 and poor Nick just can NOT seem to stay out of trouble. Just when he thinks things are going well, something comes along and gets him. Life has a way of sucking huh? So we are along for another ride of murder, mayhem, and just plain trouble.
Poor Nick, lol. He gets woken up in the middle of the night by a twink he resents and can’t stand only to be asked to help because someone was murdered. Nick has never liked Christian. He resented the relationship he tried to have with Harker. But now Christian needs help and Nick can’t help but to see what’s up. The only problem is Christian is lying his head off about who it was that was murdered in his apartment and about the whole murder period. It’s bad enough Christian is lying to the police about everything, but to lie to Nick when he’s there in the middle of the night to try to help. Not good. Nick gets him a lawyer and of course can’t resist finding out what is really going on. And the whole thing is shady from the get go. Not just Christian lying, but the way the cops are handling Christian. As Nick digs, there is dirt all the way up the ladder that’s ends up in people hurt and dead.
This book made me happy and sad. If you’ve read book 7, you know that Nick’s friend, Ross, left to try to get better after he contracted AIDS. But Ross has had enough and wants to come home. Basically to die. But Nick has other plans and gets him into the doctor as soon as he can. So I’m happy Ross is back. He’s a good friend. It’s just sad that he’s so sick. Nick can’t seem to catch a break with his relationships. He’s finally ready to settle down and stay monogamous, and say I love you and Joseph isn’t. Being a priest, he hadn’t had time to play and he’s not ready for it to just be him and Nick. Cannot. Catch. A. Break. I love this book too, because just when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about Nick, he up and surprises you. He’s becoming more compassionate and he’s really learning what it means to be ‘grown-up’. No matter how hard it may be. And with the cases he is working on in this book, he continues to grow. And I can’t help but love him even more.
This series is just amazing. I can NOT say that enough. If you love murder mysteries with some angst, you definitely need to pick these up. Marshall Thornton has a way with words and I’m so glad I’ve gotten a chance to read this series. Off to book 9!! Happy reading!