Title: Dirty Laundry
For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms.
As if his own personal dramas weren’t enough, Cole is approached by Madame Sun, a fortune-teller whose clients have been dying at an alarming rate. Convinced someone is after her customers, she wants the matter investigated, but the police think she’s imagining things. Hoping to put Sun’s mind at ease, Cole takes the case and finds himself plunged into a Gordian knot of lies and betrayal where no one is who they are supposed to be and Death seems to be the only card in Madame Sun’s deck.
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Ink and Shadows
Series: Cole McGinnis
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dirty Kiss, Dirty Secret, Dirty Deeds, Down and Dirty
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Author
Published: April 18, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website
Visit the Goodreads Series Page
The opening chapters to the Cole McGinnis books are just amazing. I laughed so much at the bottle incident in Dirty Secret. Chapter one of Dirty Laundry begins with a crazy chase through the streets and alleys of Los Angeles while Cole and Bobby are in the midst of one crazy rescue. The actual case that makes up this book will involve two competing fortune tellers and the deaths that are on the surface loosely linked to each other.
My heart completely breaks for Jae here. He struggles with how his family will feel once they find out he is gay. He is so over the moon for Cole but his beliefs of what his role is within his family conflict with what his heart wants. Cole walked away from his father and stepmother so many years ago he struggles to see things from Jae’s perspective. Cole wants to be enough for Jae. He wants Jae to understand that you can build a family from people you are not related to by blood.
A couple of new characters are introduced that are sure to add some conflict and tension to Cole’s crazy life. At the end of Dirty Secret Cole and readers find out there is a brother in Japan. I liked Ichiro. He makes his way into this series and Cole’s life. He’s one of those characters that you just like. I’m looking forward to where his character will go within this series. As for the other… well I have to jump into Dirty Deeds to see where that is going to go. I can tell you it was totally unexpected and sure to lead to a lot of drama while digging up many past unknowns.
I love that Rhys Ford (or perhaps Dreamspinner) put a glossary and cast of characters at the beginning of this book. Most of the honorifics, terms of endearment, and many food items are Korean. In the previous books I Googled the words. The character list was also very helpful. Cole is once again investigating a series of murders and they are all Korean and linked in a nearly incestuous way. Having both items easily accessible was nice.