Good Boys, The Solomon Series, Book One
Paul Solomon is a homicide detective in Baltimore, a city with a high murder rate and a complicated relationship between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect.
He’s also a gay man who has been out on the job since he first joined. Being out on a tough police force hasn’t always been easy, but living with integrity is important to him.
Paul’s love life becomes as tumultuous as his job with the demise of his relationship of eight years. While dealing with the emotional and physical upheaval in his personal life, a case comes across his desk that hits a little too close to home—the murder of two gay teenagers.
Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, must solve the double homicide, and Paul has to find a way to move on from his failed relationship.
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“Good morning,” Andy said, sounding much more like a co-worker than someone who’d been his boyfriend for nearly eight years. Paul couldn’t detect any anger or even regret about the previous evening, but there was no warmth in his voice at all. He looked at the man sitting on the living room sofa, seeing him more clearly than he had in a while. It was impossible to tell that he was hungover, even though he’d had at least as much to drink as Paul had. He was wearing a beautiful wool-silk blend sweater with a pair of slim, dark jeans that had surely cost more than Paul’s entire suit. No tie today, so he must be working from home. His blond hair, just now starting to be touched with silver, shone in the sun coming in through the window. At forty-four he was in amazing shape and still as gorgeous as the day they’d met. Paul wondered, as he often did, why he couldn’t make himself feel the way he once had about him.
“Hey,” Paul said, “I’ve got a lot of shit to catch up on at work, so I should get going.”
Andy rolled his eyes, winced slightly, and touched his temple. “Don’t worry; I’m not looking for a conversation this morning. I wanted to make sure you know that nothing changes just because we fucked, okay? That was goodbye sex. You still have to move out.”
Anger flared in Paul’s chest. As if he didn’t know that already. Despite his desire to get out the door, he found himself warming to an argument. “Yeah? No shit. Did you think I thought we were getting back together or something? Jesus, we broke up six months ago. If that was an option, I think it would have happened before now. Did you think I was hoping the third time would be a charm?”“Paul,” he said, softening a little, “I can’t do this right now. I know you’re pissed. I know you don’t want to deal with it, but I can’t move on with you in my house. It’s too confusing.”
Guest Post with Author Keelan Ellis...
Where Are We?
I love it when a book brings me to a place I’ve never been, and shows me around--and not just the shiny places for tourists, but the dirty alleys and the dimly lit bars that only the locals know about. I am a big fan of Nordic crime novels, because the setting is so different from anything I’ve experienced on the east coast of the United States. I also love Tana French’s novels, set in Dublin and the surrounding Irish countryside. There’s Elmore Leonard for Detroit and Raymond Chandler for L.A. It’s always fun to take a tour written by someone who truly loves a place.
What I love even more than getting to know a new place is reading a book set in a place I know like the back of my hand. When Laura Lippman began publishing her Tess Monaghan detective series, I fell in love immediately. Her stand alone novels are even better. She is a Baltimore-based author whose love for her city shines through in everything she writes. She also happens to be married to my other favorite Baltimore writer, David Simon. Although his work explores a harder side of life, and a less than glamorous side of the city, his affection for the places and people of Baltimore is no less obvious.
When I decided to write a series of books set in Baltimore, I knew what I was up against. I’ll probably never be able to stop comparing myself (harshly) to those two authors. I’ll probably be covering some of the same ground they’ve stomped across. It can’t be helped. But I love the place too. I grew up there, and still consider it my true home, even if it hasn’t been my literal home for more than fifteen years. Baltimore’s many neighborhoods all have distinct personalities, which makes writing about them so much fun. Good Boys covers the southwestern neighborhoods of Irvington and Violetville, the working class suburb of Landsdowne, a northwestern suburb where Paul’s ex owns a home, and Tim Cullen’s little formstone rowhouse east of Fells Point. I’m looking forward to touring more of the city over the course of the next book in the series.
About the author
KEELAN ELLIS is an east coast girl for life, a progressive, a lover of music and musicians, a mother of two very challenging girls, a loyal though sometimes thoughtless friend, a slacker, a dreamer and a bad influence. She likes true crime podcasts, great television and expensive craft cocktails made by hipsters in silly vests.
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