Melissa reviews Crime Wave (Jimmy McSwain Files #2) by Adam Carpenter with Joel Leslie (Narrator) Published December 7th 2016 by Linden Corners Press, Length: 7 hrs
Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister’s boyfriend fight a murder charge–and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case.
Hell’s Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance. Jimmy McSwain isn’t thrilled about taking a case for free but when his sister fears her boyfriend, Rocky, is cheating on her, he has no choice. But the case takes a deadly turn when Rocky is standing over the body of a man he was just seen kissing, and he’s holding the gun. He begs Jimmy to prove his innocence.
Meanwhile, as a sweltering heat wave claims New York City, a gunman with a thirst for blood is targeting Manhattan deli owners and has already claimed two victims. Jimmy knows a thing or two about those; fourteen years ago his father was killed outside a deli, and it’s possible today’s killer could be linked to that unsolved murder, one that continues to haunt Jimmy. Enlisting the aid of sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy finds himself torn between the two cases, as well as the heat simmering between himself and the hot cop. Suddenly a quiet summer has erupted into a full blown crime wave.
A complimentary copy of the audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I simply HAD to continue with this series!
I am becoming obsessed with this series! I was extremely fortunate to be provided a complimentary audio copy of Book 1 Hidden Identity, and it was really, really good! Book 1 wasn’t a romance; it focused on the mystery aspect but there was romance (sex) in it (see review here). Crime Wave, which is book 2, hints that Jimmy McSwain and “sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano” have a romance. They certainly have a spark of something. But Jimmy has sworn to never fall for a cop, and Frank can’t be a publically out gay man and still fulfill his cop career dreams.
I have to say that Joel Leslie’s narration was PERFECT!! He is able to give the characters their own voice and I knew when it was Jimmy speaking, when it was Frank speaking, or when it was “Terry Cloth” speaking. 😉 I particularly thought Joel’s ability to express the characters emotions – be those anger, fear or lust – was simply amazing. I am still new to the audio world and I’ve not come across any other narrators who put so much emotion into the written word.
I felt these characters come alive, and when Jimmy becomes involved in yet another murder, I was rooting for him to solve it and to also find love.
Crime Wave is very different from Hidden Identity. I will admit that I had figured out who the killer was, but I had the motive and everything else related to the murder case completely wrong. I was surprised, which is always cool in a mystery. This one has a twist I really didn’t see coming.
Jimmy is begged by his sister to spy on her boyfriend, Rocky, because she thinks he’s cheating on her. He is, Jimmy finds this out, but it’s not with a woman; he’s with a man – and is in fact in love with this other man. But as Jimmy is working his case, Rocky’s lover is killed and Rocky arrested for it. Jimmy knows Rocky didn’t kill his lover and is determined to prove it. However, it’s not just this case that Jimmy wants to solve. There have been a string of deli robberies/murders that have hit the city, and Jimmy believes that the person responsible is VERY likely to be the same person who killed his father 15 years ago.
With the help of Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy is able to investigate both cases. There is the added complication of Jimmy and Frank sleeping together. They were totally HOT together!!!! 😉 But it’s super complicated because Frank is a police captain and wants to be commissioner some day. Well, that won’t happen if he’s an out gay man, so Frank tells Jimmy the blunt truth. It’s not like Jimmy is surprised; he knew this 100% already. And it’s not as if Jimmy wants to date a cop, either. Nope, he’s sworn he would never date a cop, and certainly never fall in love with one. But their attraction to one another is too much for them to resist and they find themselves coming together. Don’t read this expecting hearts and flowers at the end; Jimmy’s love life isn’t over though.
I highly recommend this series and can’t wait for the rest of the series to be on audio. I am really becoming addicted to this new method of “reading.” 😀 I love Jimmy’s family and can’t wait to see what comes up next!!! 9.5 pots (because Jimmy’s heart is kind of broken).
His current series features gay P.I. Jimmy McSwain, starting with HIDDEN IDENTITY, CRIME WAVE, STAGE FRIGHT. GUARDIAN ANGEL and the forthcoming FOREVER HAUNT. The first two titles are currently also available in audio.
In 2017, he will publish the sexy new trilogy, the Archer Chronicles.
He is also the author of the “Edenwood” trilogy, EDEN’S PAST, EDEN’S PRESENT, and EDEN’S FUTURE, available in eBook and audio.
His “European Flings” series includes the prequel short story, “Passport to a Fling,” then FRENCH MEN, ITALIAN GUYS, ENGLISH LADS and AMERICAN HUNKS.
His “Wonderland” trilogy includes DESPERATE HUSBANDS, DESPERATE LOVERS, and DESPERATE ENEMIES, co-written with Curtis C. Comer and Jeff Wilcox. His “White Pine” firefighter series includes SECRET FLAMES, HEAT OF THE MOMENT, A RAGING FIRE, and BURNING TRUTH, now in development for audio. Other novels are the Johnny Lee Captone-featured DUDE RANCH and the novella-length A YEARLY TRYST, SUMMER’S CHOICE, ISLAND DESIRES, and THAT PASSIONATE SEASON. His short fiction has been collected in the anthology, NOCTURNAL DELIGHTS.