Book Reviews

Cut & Run (Cut & Run 1) by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Agents/Spies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Barb Manning on 16-March-2011

Book Blurb

A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.

Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He's cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he's paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it's hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.

Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again – this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer's knife.


Book Review

The Cut & Run series starts out with a murder mystery, which unites two FBI agents, Tyler Grady and Zane Garrett for the first time. It's instant dislike at first meeting, but over the span of the assignment, two very strong-willed, independent men come to what is the beginning of a tentative partnership. Zane and Ty immediately find themselves in danger as soon as they arrive in New York to solve a serial murder.

Tyler, or Ty, is the brighter of the two, the more incandescent. He drops on masks like a chameleon. Ty presents himself as a wisecracking, cocky and abrasive character. He knows his job and does not defer to anyone. Ty has performed "side jobs" for the Bureau that no one ever reports on in any records. What is not always evident with Ty is his sensitivity to others, which he only reveals in certain moments.

Zane is the darker partner. He has a history that includes a deceased wife. Zane is serious, detail-oriented and focused. Zane is a chain smoker, an alcoholic and a drug addict trying to overcome his personal demons. There is an immediate attraction between these two hard-edged characters, but there is also tremendous difficulty with either of them trusting each other.

Ty and Zane are intensively involved in the murder case. They are working outside of the system because they suspect the killer is someone inside the Bureau. This leaves them vulnerable and open to some disastrous circumstances that finally prompt the FBI to withdraw them from the investigation for almost six months. Not only does the case lag, but also the relationship between the two protagonists as the Bureau sends Zane and Ty off in different directions to work on different cases.

The ending to the first book in the Cut and Run series was a nice read. The novel focuses more on solving the crime than the relationship between Zane and Ty. I found that refreshing, but the story left the romance as secondary. Still the relationship between these two characters is intriguing enough to make me eager to see the next episode.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 376 pages/142500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-September-2008
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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