Title: The Next One Will Kill You (Angus Green #1)
Author: Neil S. Plakcy
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Genre(s): MM Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Mafia
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.3 stars out of 5
Angus Green wants more adventure than a boring accounting job, so after graduating with his master s degree he signs up with the FBI. After his initial training at Quantico he s assigned to the Miami field office but stuck behind a desk. Struggling to raise money for his college student brother, he enters a strip trivia contest at a gay bar. But when he s caught with his pants down by a couple of fellow agents, he worries that his career is about to crash. Instead, he s added to an anti-terrorism task force and directed to find a missing informant. It s his first real case, and it takes him from Fort Lauderdale s gay bars to the morgue on a desperate chase to catch a gang of criminals with their tentacles in everything from medical fraud to drug use to jewel theft. At the same time, his brother s girlfriend is murdered and his brother becomes a suspect. Angus struggles to learn the skills he needs to save his brother and earn rank as a full-fledged agent capable of running his own cases. If he can t overcome his own insecurities and face down violent criminals with mayhem on their minds, he could lose everything he cares about. The street quickly teaches him that the only way to face a challenge is to assume that he’ll survive this one–that it’ll be the next one that will kill him.”
It was my first Neil S.Plakcy, so I have nothing to compare with to claim that this novel has been written in a typical Neil Plakcy’s style. I assume though that in Neil S. Plakcy’s books the mystery plays a key role, while a love story settled for a second role.
Angus Green, twenty-six year old, gay, knew his way around numbers, but always dreamed of doing something more exciting than a boring accountant job. It was the reason, why he joined FBI. Only now, instead of hunting down criminals, he prepares tax returns and continues to dream to become a field agent.
His patience will be rewarded.
A waiter from a gay bar, where Angus is a regular, contacts FBI to share important information on a possible breach of homeland security. When the informant doesn’t come neither to the arranged appointment nor to work and simply disappears without any trace, the suspicious grow stronger that the threat should be taken very seriously. It is when Angus gets his chance: he’ll be transferred to the case that is working by two experienced FBI agents.
Thanks to his connections and confidence he, as a gay agent, has in a gay scene, his high ambitions, an indefatigable will to solve the case, his exceptional investigating skills and…a lot of luck, he turns out to be the best possible partner for two FBI veterans they can only dream of.
The first part in the book was really good. If the second part had had the same dynamic and the same mixture of spirit of adventure, suspense and insights into a private life of the rookie agent Angus Green, it would have been a solid 4+ read for me. Unfortunately, in the course of the story, the case became more and more complicated and the plot began to concentrate mostly on the investigation, it made the story a bit too overloaded with the case’s details. The little of Angus’s love life was gently put aside and the healthy balance of the first part started to suffer.
I can understand that the author wanted to show how good Angus did his job, but I couldn’t also ignore the fact, that the FBI-“oldies” were simply not good enough.
All in all, it was an interesting mystery, that has a lot of potential if it will become a series.
My first Neil S.Plakcy, but for sure not the last one.
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