Title: Nobody Rides For Free: An Angus Green Novel (Angus Green Series, #2)
Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 262 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
The sharp and suspenseful new sequel to The Next One Will Kill You, perfect for fans of Joseph Hansen, Richard Stevenson, Randy Wayne White, and James W. Hall.
With less than a year of experience and only one big case behind him, FBI Special Agent Angus Green has joined the rarefied group of agents who have been wounded in the line of duty. Assigned to a desk job while he recovers, Angus wonders if he’s chosen the right career. He’s been following his late father’s dream for a life of adventure and travel—and instead encountered danger, pain, and heartbreak.
But when Angus discovers that gay teens are being sexually abused by a pornographer in the same neighborhood where he lives, he shoves aside his lingering doubts about his job and accepts his new assignment. The case takes him from Fort Lauderdale’s seamy underbelly to boisterous beachfront bars where big-fish Russian émigrés launder illegal cash. Angus is back in full effect, but with great power comes great responsibility, and he’ll soon find his stake in saving these trafficked teens is more personal than he could have anticipated. Every case leaves a lasting scar—some are just more difficult to see. In the end, Angus will learn the truth of a saying he learned as a boy—there is a price to pay for every decision we make. Nobody rides for free.
Round 2 Was an Improvement But …
Sadly, it wasn’t enough to tip the scales in favor of me reading another installment to the series. I liked the details on the law enforcement side. If there were procedural errors, I didn’t catch them. Then again, I wasn’t that invested. My mind wandered a lot on this one. I pretty much slogged through it with dogged determination because I made a commitment to review it. I take that seriously. I just wish I had better things to say.
Although Angus did some growing over the course of these two books, he never did grow on me. I just don’t like him. Sorry-not-sorry. And is it just me, or do these characters have the un-sexiest names EVER? Angus and Lester? It sounds like a silent movie comedic couple meets freaky serial killer or something. Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello … Angus and Lester, Hannibal Lecter. Get me? No?! Oh hush, you! I can’t help it if my brain makes weird connections on the back of semi-alliterative phrases and impressions. Deal with it.
I know that’s pet peeve-y, but even these guys’ hobbies and interests feel old. Artisinal bourbon? Sheezus. My imagination conjures up fussy, weak, snobbish, hoity-toity, limp-dicked GAP-wearing rejects. The Banana Republic newsboy flat-cap crowd … ugh shudders. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but that whole ‘look’ and attitude is just a turn-off for me and one I can’t get past. Lester is utterly wasted on Angus’ sorry ass.
Ultimately the plot was unnecessarily convoluted. Even the characters fessed up in the narrative to the whole shebang being complicated. It took them forever to decide who was going to prosecute whom for what and how … ugh. It was pointlessly ambitious in that regard and not very successful despite the effort.
The biggest problem remains that I simply couldn’t, even after a second book, connect with the characters. Angus because I disliked him and Lester because he should have had better taste. The question about Angus remaining in the FBI (blurb) didn’t get expanded upon or answered to my satisfaction. I feel misled … in more ways than one. For instance, I still don’t know why this series is purportedly a romance. Because Angus feels ‘safe’ with Lester (blurb)? Is that all it takes?
I feel safe with my big ass dog, but I’m not into him AT ALL. I could go on, but there’s no point. This series just isn’t for me.
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