Title: Fragile Brilliance
Author: Eliot Parker
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Length: 304 Pages
At a Glance: Fragile Brilliance is a first time read for me by Eliot Parker. I really liked this fast paced, action thriller, mystery.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.
Review: Sergeant Ronan McCullough has worked twenty years for the Charleston, West Virginia Police Department. Ty Andino, Ronan’s life partner of two years, is an ER nurse. Being in West Virginia, they are still trying to keep their relationship on the down-low. Ty comes from old money, and is younger than Ronan, and at times, Ronan finds himself wondering why Ty is with him.
On his way home, Ronan sees a young man being attacked. He gets involved in the melee and is injured, and loses two days. Ty finally gets to take Ronan home, but Ronan struggles with a nightmare. To add to the chaos, Ronan’s nephew Nick, whom he hasn’t seen in ten years, shows up. His nephew is trying to escape from a bad situation at home. Ty is baffled; he’s been with Ronan all this time, and he’s never mentioned his nephew. Ronan gets a call when the suspects have been spotted; a manhunt pursues, and Ronan leaves Ty alone with Nick.
Drug dealers out to kill him, murder, a deadly drug on the streets, Nick in serious trouble and Ty in danger. Then the chaos goes from bad to worse. Ronan’s homophobe bitchy sister, Melissa, shows up to retrieve Nick.
Apart from keeping their relationship semi-hidden, Ty has a very strong personality in all this. He supports Nick and gives his all against Ronan’s dysfunctional family members, and even helps him with clues to the drug case.
Fragile Brilliance is a first time read for me by Eliot Parker. I really liked this fast paced, action thriller, mystery. There’s plenty of danger and suspense, and it gets a bit gory, too. The plot is centered around a drug called Krokodil, and the narrative describes some strategic police procedures. The multiple characters’ relationships are complex, and as the story progresses, we can see the changes come about. Overall, this was a good mystery and good read.
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