Title: Sun and Shadow (Day and Knight #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Dirk Greyson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 9, 2015 – 210 pgs
Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.
But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.
Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.
Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.
In the second Knight and Day story, Knight and Day find themselves running around Europe in search of art stolen by the Nazis. Chased by evil Russian agents while recovering from a series of unfortunate injuries, this is an exciting, fast paced story.
In the second book of the series, the story is original, even if the characters aren’t. It seems odd that Andrew Grey, creator of so many wonderful m/m pairings, has lifted Knighton and Day so casually from Abigail Roux’s Ty and Zane. In doing so, he hasn’t afforded his leads the depth of character we get from either Ty and Zane or most of Grey’s own characters. I’m a little puzzled and a little disappointed.
I love the way that recent political events have allowed writers to revive old Cold War plots – the Russians have always made great baddies and now they’re back with a host of shady Eastern European allies. Greyson adds excitement with corrupt mole(s) 24 style back in the US, leaving Knight and Day reliant on their own skills in the field.
Dirk Greyson isn’t John LeCarre, Robert Ludlum or even Ian Flemming. Readers need to check any sense of reality at the door and enjoy Knight and Day’s antics as a fun caper. The mystery itself was vaguely plausible and fun to follow.
I keep feeling like I should enjoy this series more than I do, but the concept feels tired and I’m not entirely drawn to the two leading men. This is a fun, easy read.
Dirk is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things.
Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.
He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built.
Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.