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Necessity’s Door by Fiona Glass
Synopsis: Being an openly gay detective in Birmingham comes with its share of problems. For one, the pay is awful. For another, Jake always gets stuck with the crappy undercover jobs. Like posing as a prostitute to catch the new crime boss in town – a man notorious for rough sex with pretty young rentboys.
Jake’s latest op is fraught with difficulties, all of them men. Like his partner, Mac, who he’s secretly fancied for months. And his new client, Graham, who he keeps sleeping with for reasons far beyond maintaining his cover. And of course there’s the target, Frank Warren, who’s much harder to lure than anyone had anticipated.
The longer the op drags on, the tougher it gets for Jake to juggle his own needs with those of the job. They may be closing in on Warren, but Jake’s heart—and his sense of right and wrong—are slipping through his fingers. Mac is there to back him up, but is he really the man Jake needs? Tough to know among all those lies Jake’s been telling himself and everyone else.
This novella is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/Necessitys-Door-ebook/dp/B0086KPSBW and http://www.amazon.com/Necessitys-Door-ebook/dp/B0086KPSBW.
Review (of the Kindle’s text-to-speech option)
An intriguing titled novella, the synopsis of which takes the reader comfortably into the story.
This is my first venture into gay fiction (or fact!) but it felt realistic. Regular readers of the genre would be better placed to judge.
The story is easy to follow and readers will be concerned for Jake’s safety, especially when the antagonist features in later scenes.
At the time, Graham suggesting that Jake could be an undercover cop didn’t feel very realistic but thinking about it again, it is feasible, coming from someone nervous of being caught in that situation.