||Jun 1 2001
A veteran detective struggles to retain his integrity and objectivity while tracking down a serial killer. Will he cross the line to obtain justice?
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Only weeks before the world turns its eyes on the River City of Louisville in anticipation of the Kentucky Derby, a succession of grisly murders marks the beginning of a serial killer's rampage. As a terrorized city holds its breath, Detective Ross Burke must find a way to get into the mind of a homicidal maniac whose cryptic messages lead him through a maze of twisted psychological games, where even those close to him become suspect.
When the killer's advances stray chillingly close to home, Ross must decide just how far he'll go to protect the Object of His Affection.
At four-thirty a.m. the phone rang. Automatically, Ross reached out to answer it, but there was no one on the other end and the shrill ringing continued. Foggy with sleep, he realized the phone in his hand was really an Oriental knick-knack, the large curved Chinese Carp wound around it serving as the receiver. He stumbled to the phone, knowing Linda wouldn't bother to answer from the bedroom; it was always for him at such an ungodly hour of the morning.
"Burke," he muttered, rubbing one eye with the heel of his palm.
"Ross? It's Charlie."
It took a couple of seconds for his brain to kick in. Charlie. Desk clerk. "There better be a body with my name on it or I'm going to pull you through this phone, and after I'm finished you won't need glasses anymore. Comprende amigo?"
"Actually, sir. . .it does."
Review by Shadoe Simmons
All About Murder Reviews
4 1/2 daggers
Detective Ross Burke didn't think his life could get worse. His
marriage has eroded to nothing, his best
friends widow didn't want him coming around anymore, and now he had a
dead female with his name carved
across her chest.
But it can get worse, as Ross soon finds out. His attraction and
need for Tasha Ryan, his best friends
widow was driving him to pull some serious stupid stunts. Stunts like
touching her, kissing her, pulling her to
the floor in an insanity of need and desire that he couldn't fight. And
even that is tame compared to the serial
suddenly stalking Louisville Kentucky on the eve of the Derby. City
officials are going wild, the public is ready
to panic, and there's Ross, fighting for all he's worth to find the
killer, and end the threat that's suddenly
coming much too close to the woman driving him crazy with need.
Four and a half stars to T.L. Gray for the sizzling, highly
suspenseful story that kept me engrossed despite
other pressing engagements. I laughed aloud in the doctors office at
the witty, humorous edge this
delightful author brought to this novel.
Don't bother guessing "who done it" because you'll be wrong. But
the author doesn't just zig and zag then
throw a killer at you that left you frowning in confusion for being
unable to piece together his motive, or even
his place in the story. When you realize his identity, you're smacking
your head in wonder, and realize you've
find an author who can lead you through a maze, and yet satisfy your
need for answers.
Object Of His Affection was a daring, suspenseful walk on the wild
side of a detective's life that threatens
his sanity, and all he's ever believed it. The suspense will thrill
you, the sensuality will warm you, and the
ending will leave you amazed. This is a "must have" book for even the
suspense/mystery/romance lovers. It packs it all in a delightful punch
that will leave you amazed hours later
as you wonder exactly how the author did it, even as you realize it was
done with grace and exceptional style.
T.L. Gray writes sizzling suspense with style and flair. For an edge of your seat book that will keep you flipping the pages, her books are for your keeper shelves.
Patricia Rasey, author of The Hour Before Dawn and Deadly Obsession
A writer I truly admire. Can't wait for her next book to come out this year.
Darla Lawson--Book Reviewer
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Reader Reviews for "Object Of His Affection"
|Reviewed by Sandra Brill
|Romance Reviews Today/romrevtoday.com
OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION - T.L. Gray
Writer's Club Press ISBN: 0-59519-250-5
Louisville, Kentucky - present day
Homicide detective Ross Burke can't imagine his life getting any worse than it is right now. After fourteen years of devoting his life to his job, all he has to show for it is a bitter wife suing him for divorce and a guilty conscience for being unable to prevent his partner's death. But when his partner's widow, Tasha Ryan, announces that she would like Ross to stop coming around her and her kids, it is like a kick to his gut. For reasons that he would rather not admit to either Tasha or himself, he is crushed by her request. And if that is not enough, Ross is completely shaken when a dead woman turns up with his name carved on her chest.
Ross quickly learns he is dealing with a serial killer when other women are killed in a like manner as the first victim. Details at the crime scenes are eerily similar, most notably of which is his named carved on each woman's chest. With only weeks to go until hectic festivities descend upon Louisville due to the Kentucky Derby, Ross is under tremendous pressure by the city to catch The Carver, as the killer has been dubbed. He is pushing himself to the breaking point, working round the clock to find the connection between the victims. All he knows for sure is they were all single, had blonde hair, and were somehow linked to him. And it chills him to his soul to acknowledge that Tasha Ryan has all three of these things in common with those women. Now his desperation to be a part of her life is not only personal, it is a matter of life and death.
Whenever Ross Burke is near, Tasha Ryan is reminded of her dead husband. And as long as Ross feels responsible for her and her children, she will never be free to move on with her life, which she desperately needs to do. Ross has no idea that her marriage to his best friend was not exactly the perfect union he thought it to be. The memories Ross evokes by his visits are mostly painful rather than sad or wistful, and Tasha admits that she is also frightened by her attraction to Ross. It would be so easy just to let him take control of her life, like her husband once did. That is something that she will not allow to happen again. But when she finds herself in the middle of the very dangerous hunt to catch The Carver, she realizes that she may have finally pushed away the only man who can save her.
Gritty and intense are just two of the adjectives that best describe OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION. Readers will be hard pressed to put the book down once they become involved in the grisly investigation to catch the serial killer known as The Carver. Suspense abounds as the reader follows Ross as he tracks down leads and uncovers evidence. Early on, readers will feel sure of the identity of the killer, only to find that Ms. Gray expertly throws in twists that leave everyone with doubts, including Ross, Tasha, and the reader.
OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION is Ross Burke's story as well. The hard-bitten, cynical, homicide detective is obviously capable, tough, and stressed out, yet strangely enough, he is vulnerable as well. He needs Tasha, or rather he needs her to need him. Seldom have I come across such a tortured, complex leading man, but I was thoroughly intrigued by him. Tasha, too, is dealing with her fair share of anguish. This is due not only to the murder investigation that she finds herself unwittingly involved in, but also from emotional baggage left over from her marriage. She does not want to depend on Ross for anything, and she most definitely does not want to feel anything for him. Their relationship is complicated, and it is questionable if their difficulties with each other will ever be resolved. But as sad as it may be to think that these two likable characters may not work things out, it makes for a very poignant ending.
OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION is for those who enjoy a potent crime story with elements of romance mixed in. It is also for readers who are not faint of heart. The language is often coarse and the content disturbing, especially during the climactic scene with the killer, which is quite unsettling. But these factors serve to make the characters very realistic and heighten the tension of the plot. It is very easy to believe that homicide detectives curse when conversing with each other and that they deal with very horrific situations on a daily basis that the average citizen is happily ignorant of. And while the crimes that Ms. Gray describes are gruesome, they help the reader feel Ross's urgency to catch the killer.
This just the second time I have read T.L. Gray, but I am quickly becoming a fan. OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION is complex, yet fast paced and gripping, and I highly recommend it.
Reviewer for Romance Reviews Today
|Reviewed by Jerry Robards
|Just finished this awesome book. I hated to put it down between calls. As a policeman I have found on many occaisions the truth is stranger than any fiction and this book is filled with truth. The way the cops talk and act when around other cops. The stress we pile on ourselves is unbearable at times. This was a fantastic book.|
|Reviewed by Karen Ender
|I read this book in one setting. I liked the gritty but down to earth feel of the story. The humor that pops through keeps you laughing. The sense of identity I felt because I am from Louisville was neat. I kept thinking I know where that is. I really liked the twist that T.L. Gray does that makes all the pieces fit together. Can't wait to read Ellie's Choice.|
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|Object Of His Affection is an amazing novel by an amazingly talented writer. I've read this book and reviewed it on amazon! A definate 'Must Read!' in my opinion!
Victoria Taylor Murray
'Thief Of Hearts'
|Reviewed by M. Hoagland
|This sounds like something I could really get into reading. I also like the title!!!!|
|Reviewed by K. Murphy
|Stimulating, fast-paced, a great read! I'm hooked.|
|Reviewed by R Schafer
|Taut beginning. Leaves you wanting more, more! I'll certainly read Object Of His Affection. PS: Good title, too.|
|Reviewed by C. Smith
|I want more!! send me more!!
|Reviewed by S. Bientz
|Thanks for keeping us up to date on your book. I just visited the site
and read an excerpt from Object of His Affection. I can not wait to
read more. S. Bientz