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Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane

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Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane

Book Info

Book Series
Fish Out of Water (Book 2)
About the Author
Amy Lane has two kids who are mostly grown, two kids who aren't, three cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
Publication Date
August 04, 2017
Available Formats
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other. 
 Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
 Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
 Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor. 

Editor review

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Red Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane
(Updated: August 04, 2017)
Let me start by saying this is not a standalone book.  You do need to read book one, Fish Out of Water, in order for this book to make sense.  Picking up where book one left off, we venture again into the lives of attorney Ellery Cramer and his coworker/boyfriend, Jackson Rivers.
Still on the trail to find Owens, the duo tackles task after task to complete their quest and remove Owens from polite society, one way or another.  Multiple subplots wind and wend themselves around and through the main storyline, adding nuances and expected pieces along with 180-degree turns that knock the reader off kilter.
Jackson experienced the most character growth in this book, learning that he is not alone, realizing that he is loved and is worthy of that love.  This was a great growth, but there were times when Jackson frustrated the daylights out of me through his unfailingly bleak outlook of himself.  The struggles with his mother, however, were handled beautifully, and the fights he had with himself to grieve what wasn’t were very touching.
The existing peripheral cast is added to in this book, and that showcases the author’s talent for putting the strange and the normal together into completely plausible situations.  Ellery’s mother continues to be my favorite of the peripheral characters – smart, sassy, snarky, and so loving.
The ending is a Happy for Now.  The very words of the final sentence announce that there are more books to come.  I’m rating book two at three stars.  While I enjoyed this book, it didn’t connect with me as strongly as the first did, but I have found that to be my particular norm for the second book in any series – your mileage may vary.  That said, I liked it well enough that I do look forward to seeing what the pair gets up to next.  Give it a read and see for yourself.
I voluntarily read an ARC copy of this book for Divine Magazine from Dreamspinner Press with hopes for but no obligation to provide a review.
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