Book Reviews

Clay White (The Bureau 2) by Kim Fielding

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Alternate Reality / Vampires / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-May-2018

Book Blurb

Someone—or something—is murdering young men in San Francisco. Clay White has been fired from the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs, but he’s determined to track down the killer. When he comes across a vampire named Marek, Clay assumes he’s caught the perp. But the encounter with Marek turns out to be more complicated than Clay expected, and it forces him to deal with his own troubled past and murky psyche. As Clay discovers, sometimes the truth doesn't come easy—and the monsters are not who we expect.


Book Review

The theme of “monsters in unexpected guises” continues in this second volume of the Bureau series, the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs that is. Set in an alternate reality that feels like the middle to late twentieth century, except with paranormals a part of daily life, this story is about a former field agent who goes after the monsters he has been trained to eliminate and the vampire he believes to be the bad guy. He may have been fired, but that doesn’t mean he can stop hunting monsters. Until he learns not everything is as it seems.

Clay has been fired for good reason and has a hard time forgiving himself. He feels as though he needs to make up for his mistake even though he knows what he did is unforgiveable. Trying to avoid more young men getting killed is important to him, but when he finds who he thinks must be the perpetrator, things don’t quite add up. It is the beginning of a journey that Clay never could have expected.

Marek is an ancient vampire and he is ready to die. But he is also interested in clearing his name first, not to mention catching the killer who makes his victims look like a vampire murdered them. He doesn’t have an easy time of it, but I felt for him. As Clay puts it: “How to judge a living being? By his species? His actions, past or present? His intentions? I didn’t know.”

This story is another great exploration of the area between black and white, the question about what defines a monster. In a setting that comes alive through vivid descriptions, the main characters fight for survival of their bodies as much as their souls. And, as I have come to expect from Kim Fielding and this series, the answer may not be what you expected. And even if you did – that makes it no less satisfying.

If you like paranormal stories that include a mystery as well as a few twists and turns, if you want to see what happens when men try to redeem themselves, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read with a surprising, yet satisfying ending, then you will probably like this novella.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 82 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-October-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Clay-White-Bureau-Story-ebook/dp/B075YRKV22