Title: Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 – 204 pgs
Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.
Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.
As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.
This book was the perfect wrap-up to an excellent series. I’ve love Cole and Jae and Rhys Ford add just the right amount of mystery, suspense and most of all love. We definitely get a lot of answers that have been plaguing Cole since the beginning. These answers clearly do not take away from the love been tween Cole and Jae. I loved the book and love Rhys Ford. Even though this is the last book in the series I really hope we can get some updates in future books. Thanks Rhys for introducing us to your excellent characters.
After confessing that I really didn’t enjoy this story, I need to explain that this is the first book I’ve read in the series. And unlike the Sinners books, it is a proper series. Starting cold with book six left me adrift in a sea of unfamiliar characters trying to understand Cole’s very complicated relationships.
So all I can honestly say is that this is definitely not a stand alone story. It is more of a detective story than a romance and more a story of family dramas than a traditional detective novel. Because the family drama is complex and probably explained more clearly in earlier books, I struggled to follow it.
As an outsider, the action felt more than a little OTT – it left me terrified to ever visit LA again for fear of drive-by shootings, mass shootings, gang warfare and grisly murders. I know that many Americans own guns – but this seemed rather extreme.
If this had captured my imagination, I would have gone back to the beginning of the series. As it was, I struggled to finish it. I usually really enjoy Rhys Ford’s books, so I’d suggest that other prospective readers start with the first book in the series and go from there.
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.