3.5 Stars for Rubble and the Wreckage (A Gabriel Church Tale #1) by Rodd Clark #MM #Mystery @RoddClark


Title: Rubble and the Wreckage (A Gabriel Church Tale #1)
Author Name: Rodd Clark
Publication Date & Length: January 31, 2015 – 315 pgs


Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion.

Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.

Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.

There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

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Gabriel and Christian form this odd, quasi relationship that throughout the book, seems like an afterthought.  It was hard for me to tell if the real story was about the murders, and how Christian wanted to write about them, or, if it was about the blurred lines that were the relationship.
While it was an interesting plot, this story just did not really deliver for me.  I do not even know if this would qualify as an erotic thriller, as the sex scenes were pretty tame and not at all a major part of the story.  It was almost as if they were thrown in to the story just to say they had sex – not to add to the story.  While it did complicate their relationship, it did not really add to it for me – their conversations were more deeply rooted – the conversation and questions were what the book was about for me.
I did like that the book was introspective for each character – but in the end, it was just about two guys trying to figure out if they could survive in a relationship.
Also, the ending was very strange. I felt like the book just stopped – no real closure – just left the reader to wonder.


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Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks of Oklahoma. Check out his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many good books. His books have a darkly distinctive voice and deep characterizations. His latest work is the Erotic Romance Thriller “Rubble and the Wreckage” and is currently working on the sequel which he hopes to have released in 2015.


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