In 1920s New York, Pinkerton Agent John Brady is assigned to a brutal robbery/kidnapping, an open and shut case with an obvious culprit – but nothing and no one are what they seem.
Small-time crook Cesare Donati has the perfect getaway: a transatlantic cruise ship. When Brady turns up at his cabin door, Cesare knows he is out of options until they reach England.
Will London be a safe haven or a place of reckoning?
The Fall Guy, an historical short story, took place beginning in NYC, and then over to London, as our two MC’s helped return a damsel safely to her family’s arms.
I liked the story, although with such a short story, it was hard to feel, as the reader, that you got to know the character’s well. In fact, I could totally see most stories with them, as they continue their lives as partners together in the raging 1920s.
I did have a hard time believing that several people were okay with knowing these men were together. I know things were more forgiving in some ways during Prohibition, but having several people be open about it, seemed out of time and place to me.
The historical references, language and visuals were very well done. The author did a great job with research into the language, and names of period items, as well as the name of those items in two separate countries.
3 pieces of eye candy from me.
Chris Quinton started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish and tropicals.
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