Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Hidden Identity
Author: Adam Carpenter
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Series: The Jimmy McSwain Files #1
Heroes: Jimmy McSwain
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publisher: Linden Corners Press
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Jimmy McSwain is hired to find missing heir Harris Rothschild, he finds that identities can be altered and lives can be changed – or taken with the simple pull of the trigger. Jimmy McSwain is a New York City private detective, operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, the rough and tumble neighborhood he grew up in. At age 14, he watched as his NYPD father was gunned down. Now, at age 28, and gay, Jimmy has never given up pursuit of whoever killed him. But a PI must make a living, and so he’s taken on the case of missing heir Harris Rothschild, whose overbearing father doesn’t approve of his “alternate” lifestyle.
Tracking down Harris is easier than expected, but the carnage that follows isn’t. With a shocking murder on his hands, and a threat coming from some unforeseen person, Jimmy’s caseload is suddenly full, and very dangerous.
Review – Book: Jen reviewed this book here.
Review – Audio: I usually read the book before I listen to an audio, but Jen suggested I give this one a try, and you know what? It was a great suggestion. My reasoning for reading the book first is that sometimes things get lost in translation. I didn’t have that issue here, and Joel Leslie gives a gripping, and almost fun, performance. He has this throaty voice, that at first took a minute to get used to, but within no time at all I had his Jimmy McSwain character all set in my head. It actually worked, and worked well, for this character. And his Irish accent was spot on…I would have guessed he was straight off the Emerald Isle.
The story itself is different from my usual MM books because this is more a mystery involving gay characters than a romance. I am a-okay with that when I know in advance not to be on the look out for the romance portion. This is not to say a little something-something wasn’t in the works, but more that the possible budding romance is very secondary to the plot.
I loved both the Jimmy McSwain and the Harris Rothschild characters…and even though they were not a couple, the character development was really well done. I admit I have a big place in my heart for Terry Cloth…what a great name and a great lady. My feelings about Barry and Detective Frazanno were mixed, but I was left looking forward to hearing more about the antics of Jimmy McSwain….whether he ends up in a romance or not.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*