Author: Josh Lanyon (jgraeme2007)
Type: Original Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Thriller, Gay
Link 1: http://www.joshlanyon.com/fair_game.html (there's an excerpt there)
Link 2: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8531376-fair-game
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him-but it seems his old life isn't finished with him.
A young man has gone missing from campus-and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.
Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer's obsessive game...
It seems appropriate that on the heels of mentioning one of the first Harry/Draco authors I found and loved, that I should mention the first author of LGBT original fiction with whom I really became obsessed.
This book, Fair Game, is the first of Josh's that I read, and it was all I needed to become hooked on his stuff. He writes largely mysteries and thrillers, which is fine with me since those have long been two of my favorite genres. Josh writes an incredibly easy to read book (but by no means simple). His mysteries are well thought out, he gives just as much time to those plots as he does to the romance (and all of his stuff does have an element of romance), and they're really a pleasure to read.
I think the little blurb I pulled from his site explains this one pretty well. It's been awhile since I read it, but I really liked the main characters a lot and enjoyed the mystery element. There's sex, but Josh doesn't overdo it or make it the main element of the story. (If that disappoints you, there's still probably enough to keep you satisfied :). If Josh's stuff has any flaw, it's that sometimes the main character's musings over the mystery at hand draw on a little too long. But as far as potential writing issues go, that's minor and easily ignored.
I think I've read all but two or three of Josh's many short stories, novellas, and novels. There will be multiple things from him on this list.