Title: Icarus Ascending (LA Private Detectives: Book One)
Author: Lee James
Publisher: DSP Publications
Length: 240 Pages
At a Glance: Icarus Ascending is suspenseful, horrifying and gives us insight into the mind of a killer.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Kirk MacGregor loves to win—whether through his critically acclaimed oil paintings or on the job as the resident detective of his father’s prestigious law firm.
In the most perplexing investigation of his career, MacGregor searches for the truth behind the death of rock star Brent Hunter. But a phone call convinces Austin Hunter that his brother is alive and safe in a wilderness hideout. Or is it all an elaborate, deadly confidence game?
MacGregor’s investigation takes him down a twisting trail of dead-end leads, lethal lies, and a string of homicides. Sparks crackle as Kirk and Austin take a wild ride into the underbelly of the City of Angels, where nothing ever seems too strange or horrendous. As the death count rises, MacGregor is running out of time in finding a cunning contract killer and the person who hired him.
Kirk MacGregor seldom loses. But there are dangers—and costs—in flying too close to the sun.
1st edition published as “Errors and Omissions” by Dreamspinner Press, 2012.
Review: Kirk MacGregor is a PI working for his father’s law firm. He’s also a brilliant artist and has always had the support and love of his family. He’s really a great person; you couldn’t find a nicer, more giving person to know.
Kirk had made the choice to marry, but now that relationship is legally coming to an end. There’s a sense that he’s enthusiastic about his profession, but not so much about his personal life. He now feels it’s time to come out, at least to his father, Avery. Kirk has a great companion by the name of Gunther, but what he would really like is that someone special to settle down with.
Austin Hunter is laid back and flirty, divorced and the father of twin boys, but is now married to the love of his life, Jase Ruether, a well-to-do author. Austin is a retired recording star who grew tired of life on the road and of being in the forefront of all the hoopla. His younger brother, Brent, has dragged him back into the music world, but Austin stays in the background. Claire, the matriarch of the family, has been very much in control of the boys and the business. The life they had was hard on all of them.
When it’s believed that Brent died in a plane crash, the Hunters seek Kirk’s expertise as a PI. Claire believes it was murder. Austin thinks his brother’s still alive. More than one death has somehow been connected to Brent and the music business. What kind of secrets is this family hiding? Then more grisly murders occur, all with the same MO, and Kirk and Austin find themselves in the midst of more than one bizarre murder investigation.
Lee James has created a mystery with so many twists. Icarus Ascending is suspenseful, horrifying, and it gives us insight into the mind of a killer. The contrast of Kirk’s and Austin’s lives is clear, and I got the feeling they would always be no more than friends. This is also a very emotional story about first loves lost, finding love again, and losing love in the worst possible way. I think it sends a message about being true to yourself, because you don’t know what you’re missing, and then when you do find it, it may be too late.
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