Erryn reviews Police Brutality (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 2) by Gregory Ashe (Published by Hodgkin and Blount, January 31, 2020. 397 pages. Audiobook released May 07 2020. Narrated by Tristan James. 11 hours 57 minutes in length.)
Why I listened to this: I enjoyed Book 1.
To read Dana’s review of the audiobook click here.
For the first time in a long while, Emery Hazard’s life is good. His new business as a private detective is taking off. Things are good at home. He loves his boyfriend, John-Henry Somerset; he loves their daughter. He might even love the new friends they’ve found. There’s only one problem: Somers has been talking about marriage.
When a former colleague, Walter Hoffmeister, comes to Hazard and hires him to look into a series of anonymous death threats, Hazard eagerly jumps on the distraction. Hoffmeister might be a jerk, but he’s a paying jerk, and Hazard isn’t convinced the threats are serious.
Until, that is, Hoffmeister is almost gunned down on Hazard’s doorstep. As Hazard investigates more deeply, he learns that more than one person in Wahredua has a reason to wish Hoffmeister dead. His search takes him to the Ozark Volunteers, reincarnated as the Bright Lights movement, but it also leads him into a sanctuary of radical Christianity. Meanwhile, an antifa activist has arrived in town, calling for Hoffmeister’s death and threatening total war with the Bright Lights.
As Hazard continues to look for answers, he becomes a target, too – and not just because he’s helping Hoffmeister. The Keeper of Bees is still at large, and the killer hasn’t lost interest in Emery Hazard. Not yet. Not, Hazard begins to suspect, until the Keeper has taken everything Hazard holds dear.
A quark is a quantum entanglement. This I did not know. One of Emery Hazard’s many little gems of information he bestows. And despite loving his boyfriend desperately, all this talk of marriage is getting to him. But that’s okay because he has another paying client – a good thing for his upstart PI biz. A former cop is convinced someone’s out to get him. Hazard doesn’t believe it, but the money’s good, and it gives him something to do. When he isn’t caring for his lover John-Henry or their daughter Evie.
As Hazard investigates the threats, all of the former cop’s behavior comes to light including some terrible things he did. Hence the title of the book. Part of me wanted him to get his comeuppance. Too often cops get away with things and it’s only the advent of cell phones and the brave citizens that hold them that are forcing police to be accountable.
The ending was a surprise for me and that’s always good. Did not predict who the bad guy would be. Also didn’t foresee the turn the relationship between the two men would take. I enjoyed the book, although not quite as much as book 1. But I can’t wait to see where the series goes next. And I’ll give a shout-out to Tristan James – I love his narration style and it works with these books.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
I’m a long-time Midwesterner. I’ve lived in Chicago, Bloomington (IN), and Saint Louis, my current home. Aside from reading and writing (which take up a lot of my time), I’m an educator.
To read Dana’s review of The Rational Faculty (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 1) click here.
To read Dana’s review of Police Brutality (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 2) click here.
To read Dana’s review of Transactional Dynamics (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 3) click here.
To read Dana’s review of Wayward (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 4) click here.
To read Dana’s review of The Keeper of Bees (Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords Book 5) click here.