For despite his fondness for a cold gin and a pipe stuffed with cannabis, Buck is the best gumshoe in Wilde City. Why? Because he has rules: never make friends, never make enemies, and never ever fall in love. That is until the day playboy nightclub owner Holden Hart swings into town. He’s suave, he’s charming, he’s chivalrous… and he’s exactly the kinda man that Buck will break all the rules for.
From the romance of the Rainbow Palace atop the Wilde City Tower, to the dazzling debauchery of the gentlemen’s parlor The Velvet Viper—from the history surrounding the sinister convent on the hill better known Hell’s Bells, to the lantern-lit opium barge, The Peking Empress, run by the mystical Madame Chang—could Buck be about to unravel the greatest mystery of them all…
The mystery of love?
For everyone that is going to miss the Gin & Jazz series with the final book coming out in just a couple days, we have a respite! And dare I say... Short, Sexy and Steamy... my three favourite colors!!
Picture this... a sex on a stick, pot smoking, gay private dick in 1920’s New York surrounded by glitz, glamour and the Dick Tracy version of an assortment of Speak Easies. Welcome to Wilde City!
Buck Baxter, private eye extraordinaire, doesn’t do friends or commitments. He doesn’t make enemies either and he is good at his job, which is why he stays in business and avoids any hassles. But his latest job is about to turn his fly under the radar life upside down. Just follow a guy whose wife wants to know if he’s cheating, seems easy enough, right? Then why does he end up staring down the barrel of a gun?? But that is a story for later.
Holden Hart is debonair and stunning with his slicked back blonde hair and movie star good looks. Hart is new in town and the owner of the newest night club, the place to be as it were. Buck is enamoured with the man from the first time he lays eyes on him, and Hart seems to not only recognize, but reciprocate the need. He sets about trying to get to know the brash private eye. But Buck is just that, private, he doesn’t date, especially not charming playboys. Too bad the stiffy in his pants didn’t get that memo.
This was a fast, fun, thrill ride of a story. Knight went into great detail setting the stage for this fascinating new world he’s building around Buck Baxter and the other wildly creative characters that were featured. There were a few flashbacks told in the form of memories as Buck remembers his troubled childhood and the friend he lost. There were several twists and turns along the way that kept me on my toes, kept me guessing until the very end. And that scene in the bar with the ‘new Nick’ was damn near toe curling.
You have to grab a copy of this one and get familiar with Buck and Holden and the twins and Stella, and so many more neat characters so you’ll be ready for the next instalment. I’m anxious to see what Knight pulls out next for Buck Baxter, the Love Detective.
From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveller ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Australia, Geoffrey was a nomadic boy who grew into a nomadic gay writer. When he’s not travelling the world, Geoffrey is travelling the world of his imagination—where the adventures, thrills and romance are limitless.
He currently owns his own advertising and design agency in Sydney, Australia, and can't wait to buy his next plane ticket—whether it’s real or imaginary.