Title: Body Art
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: December 7, 2011 – 108 pgs
Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with… whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.
Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type”.
Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.
NOTE: This novella previously appeared in the anthology Partners in Crime 4: The Art of Dying.
An indebted tattoo artist meets a sculptor with manic-depression in the middle of a dark forest. Such a great start to a story!
Ray and Anton are great characters, but I was a little sad to find they were both human! My first experience with this author involved binge-reading the entire Channeling Morpheus series.
I don’t have the same attachment to either Ray or Anton as I do to Wild Bill and Michael. Possibly because this was such a short story. I kept thinking that I could really grow to love Anton, but this was Ray’s book and Anton was definitely a secondary character.
Ray and Anton may be human, but Castillo-Price keeps many of the gothic elements I love in her stories. This one is a bit more Daphne Du Maurier than Laurel K. Hamilton. Much more atmosphere and much less graphic sex.
Castillo-Price offers readers glimpses of the sarcastic wit I love, but this is more of a straight thriller than anything else I’ve read of hers. She does thriller well, but I don’t think this is her best writing. I would love to see Ray and Anton developed further and I’m hoping the re-release is quickly followed by a sequel.
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.