Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 stars
Type: Novel in Series
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.
Review: There’s never a shortage of suspense in Tramps and Thieves as the bodies pile up and the cops are given more and more reasons to suspect former cat burglar Rook Stevens. What started as a prank against his cousin Harold turned into murder using the very Maltese Falcon figurine were fighting over.
Rook is settling into his crime free life with Dante. Being on the side of the angels is hard for the reformed car burglar, and sometimes he regrets getting rid of his special stash. Luckily, Dante is a wonderfully understanding lover, and any doubts Rook has are quickly squashed.
Dante and his partner Hank are working to solve Harold’s murder behind the scenes, hoping to keep Rook out of jail. As bodies pile up and evidence points to a shocking twist, Dante is forced to work with Rook to solve a chain of crimes and find the killer before they find Rook first.
As always I’m blown away by the phrases that flow from this talented author. As a recovering English major, I always fall in love with language and this author is the absolute top of my list. I can’t recommend this book any higher, and anyone who loves powerful writing combined with an irresistible, suspenseful storyline will be drawn into this story just like me. Thanks Rhys for writing stories I love to fall into headfirst!