Book: Playing With Fire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: November 4, 2016
Length: 199 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Jim Crawford was born wealthy, but he turned his back on it to become a police officer. Add that to his being gay, and he’s definitely the black sheep of the family.
Dr. Barty Halloran grew up with lessons instead of friends and toys and, as a result, became a gifted psychologist… with only an academic understanding of people and emotions.
When Jim’s pursuit of a serial killer goes nowhere, he turns to Dr. Halloran for help, and Barty thinks he can get inside the shooter’s mind. In many ways, they’re two sides of the same coin, which both scares and intrigues him. Together, Jim and Barty make progress on the case—until the stakes shoot higher when the killer turns his attention toward Barty.
To protect Barty, Jim offers to let Barty stay with him, where he discovers the doctor has a heart to go along with his brilliant mind after all. But as they close in on their suspect, the killer becomes desperate, and he’ll do anything to elude capture—even threaten those closest to Jim.
Without a question Dirk Greyson writes some of the best mysteries I’ve read in a long time. Playing with Fire is truly fabulous. Jim is a detective trying to unravel the mystery of a rooftop serial killer who shoots people with one shot and disappears.
When they keep hitting dead ends Jim calls his sister who sets him up with a Psychologist who just might be what he needs to figure out this murderer.
Barty is a geeky, socially awkward, genius. Love isn’t something he’s ever had and he’s utterly lonely. Jim is recovering from a broken heart, his family isn’t the most accepting, and now he has this killer to find. All the while Barty and Jim get closer and give each other neither has ever had… unconditional love.
Building a love story within a riveting mystery takes great balance and creativity. The author engages you at all angles. There’s a lot of layers to this story and almost no issues at all. I had only two but I can’t at all mention them without giving away the story so I’m going to let it go. When writing something this detailed a minor thing is not a huge deal. It didn’t affect the story, plot, or outcome.
I adored both MCs thoroughly. Literally the entire time. Neither of them angered or annoyed me and I couldn’t pick which I liked more.
Dirk Greyson is a terrific mystery writer and this is an amazing book if you’re a mystery lover like me!
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