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It Takes a Forger... (Quint and Clay Art Crimes 3) by Edward Kendrick at Fireborn Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-May-2016

Book Blurb

Officer Lou Hernandez is surprised when he's asked to help Gideon Monahan catch an art forger. He's not too happy, though, when he meets the man he'll be working with. Lou thinks Rory Kinley is a supercilious pain in the ass. Rory, on the other hand, sees no reason why Lou has been brought into this. After all, he's just a cop, albeit one who is good at going undercover.

The art forger they're after--Nate Hanks--cons collectors, saying he has an undiscovered painting by a famous artist. He's killed one of his marks already to keep from being caught.

Lou and Rory will have to set aside their differences as they set up a sting to stop Hanks. When they do, they discover they may not be as incompatible as they thought. The question becomes, will their growing feelings survive what's to come--or be destroyed in the process?

Book Review

With each book in this series I am becoming more convinced that art crimes are my new passion! Yes, there have also been murders (which I find more difficult to deal with), but mostly the stories have been focused on the different types of art, the artists who produced the works, and the things that can go wrong when criminals get their hands on the more valuable pieces. This third book is a case in point – it’s all about forged art that is used to take greedy collectors for a ride.


Gideon is a man who has made it his mission in life to hunt down the forgers – and he has an interesting method of fighting fire with fire, so to speak. He has a former art forger in his employment, and Rory is very good at discovering what’s authentic and what isn’t. He’s not so good at going undercover, so, for his latest case of a forger who committed murder to hide his guilt, Gideon recruits Lou Hernandez, a cop about to make detective. The same Lou who helped catch Trev and Zack’s attacker in the previous book, and I was glad to find out more about him.


Lou and Rory do not get along at first. They both make assumptions about the other based on first impressions, conclude the guy they have to work with is an idiot, and behave – well, like idiots. Lou isn’t sure he likes the idea of working with Gideon, but his captain seems to have decided for him. Lou thinks Rory is an arrogant know-it-all who has no idea what it takes to catch criminals. Rory thinks Lou is uneducated, hasn’t got the first clue about art, and resents the fact Gideon doesn’t trust him to solve this case. But once the initial posturing, snarling, and requisite marking of each man’s territory is done with, Lou and Rory quickly discover that they actually work quite well together. Their skills are different but complementary, so they make a good team.


What follows is an exciting setup for a sting, lots of careful getting-to-know-each other discussions, and the development of an interesting strategy to catch the forger. There is some danger (but nothing excessively violent), old friends from earlier books are drafted to help, and the exciting trap for the criminal is soon set.


If you like the idea of watching the process of setting a clever trap for an art forger, if you want to know more about two men who think they can’t like each other only to discover they may be very well suited, and if you’re looking for a read with all kinds or art and the men who produce it, some twists and turns in the capture of a criminal, and a happy ending, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 34023 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-May-2016
Price $2.99 ebook
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