Title: Larry Boots, Exterminator
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 4th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 198
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Kenny Long is living a new life. Blinded in an accident, he has taken control of his unexpected reality the best way he can, and it’s working out better than he hoped.
Of course Larry Boots doesn’t know any of that. All he sees is a beautiful man sitting on a park bench.
Larry has a few problems of his own: his mother. His job. The lack of romance in his life.
His job. In the course of that job, Larry strikes up a friendship with Kenny. The next thing he knows, he’s so head-over-heels in love, even his mother doesn’t seem so bad. Of course his career is still a problem, but he’s working on that. Hopefully he’ll have the problem resolved before the man he’s being paid to murder succeeds in murdering him first.
And before the man he loves finds out he’s a cold-blooded killer.
Composer Gustav Mahler said: “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” Mahler meet Inman!
This wonderful novel has just about all a reader could want. It starts with a “cute” meet of two seemingly mis-matched men, one blind and one who claims to be a “sort of private detective.” They work into an unlikely relationship: blindness not only poses no barrier, but surprisingly, Inman makes it a texturally important part of their erotic interchanges. The expected HEA arrives with Larry’s final acknowledgment that he and Kenny had reached an “Us.”
The story is nicely populated with odd, secondary characters, is laced with sardonic humor, and yet is also constructed with a plethora of events of great pathos. Expected plot tensions build, along with the classic stresses of a thriller noir.
What more can a reader hope for? Love, hot sex, fun, danger, an HEA resolution, and all packaged in an easy read. Enjoy.