Author: Missouri Dalton
Length: 9,400 words
Publisher: Torquere press
Genre: m/m urban fantasy romance
Nicky’s problems started six months into the job when his first partner, veteran cop Donny Myers, was killed and Nicky got tangled up with mob boss Cathan Kavanagh to get justice. Kavanagh didn’t just want a few favors though, he wanted Nicky. Kavanagh drags Nicky down a dark and winding path of addiction and corruption. A transfer to homicide, and new partner Zeke might just be the trick to getting Nicky away from the poisonous gangster.
But things aren’t what they seem on the surface. Kavanagh isn’t exactly human, Zeke isn’t exactly a cop and Nicky might just start believing–in fairies.
This was one of those stories which had some really interesting ideas which had been condensed down into the short story format. This meant that whilst it held my interest, I ultimately found it a frustrating read because the scale of ideas needed more space to flourish.
The story begins with Nick who was once a wide-eyed rookie of a cop. After dealing with a horrific murder and the subsequent death of his partner, Nick gets unwittingly drawn into a life of crime and drugs, dishonouring the uniform he wears. Once his brothers and new partner find out the extent to Nick’s problems, things become much weirder as Nick discovers that he may have been tricked by an evil fae.
The story begins well with a guilt ridden Nick relating how he got into the mess he was in. The small steps he takes to his downfall were meant with good intentions and I can see how he managed to get over his head quickly. I liked the arrival of Zeke and the way he gets Nick’s brothers involved in Nick’s situation, but then the story takes a turn into urban fantasy and suddenly we have a new and very different situation. Not that the turn in situation was bad, just that then we have lots of new information given to us followed by a very quick showdown finish which left me vaguely unsatisfied.
As I said earlier, this story has lots of great ideas, and I liked at the end where we are given a snapshot into the fae world. What I would have really liked though is for the whole story to have been fleshed out more. Partly because that would avoid all the info-dumping and telling which happens during the story, but also because the author has gone to the trouble of creating an alternative world and would have liked to know more about it.
In the end this was a bit of a missed opportunity but would possibly still appeal to those readers who are looking for something short with a UF twist.