Review - "Jumping at Shadows" by R.G. Green
Good psychological tale of obsession
Eric Geller is on top of the world. The case he has been working on for so long against Victor Kroger is in the hands of a judge. He has the love of a good man. A home with him. A career he is proud of.
And then the case gets thrown out of court. Suspiciously. The judge throwing out key pieces of evidence, leaving no case.
T.J. Briscoe is there to pick up the pieces and keep his man together while he figures out what's next. Married for seven years, he is the rock Eric's life is built on.
So when he has the tacit approval to continue the investigation from his boss, Eric puts his team back together. The investigation targets the judge who made the ruling. If he gets caught, though, it will be looked at as a rogue investigation - no support from official channels.
But when photos arrive at his home of Eric and T.J. in various settings, spread out over the course of months, Eric is sure he is being watched. Targeted.
And that makes him mad.
As unexplained occurrences continue to happen, Eric begins to look everywhere, at everything. He is sure he is being tailed. And T.J. has to be safe too. He is doing all this to make sure he and T.J. are safe.
When he starts making mistakes, though, even T.J. has to look and think twice. Is what Eric is sure happening real? Is he being targeted? Are the cars he sees following him then disappearing a set up?
This is a tense and sexy tale of what happens when dedication turns to obsession. Eric is a smart man, dedicated, committed, but his vow to take down Victor Kroger nearly costs him everything dear to him.
The sex is hot, the action suspenseful and the underlying unease pervasive. I was drawn in to this psychological thriller and wined, dined and sent home happy. The passion these two men had for each other gave the story depth and meaning. Because Eric, by story's end, was so deep into his obsession that even that underpinning felt weak.
This is a great cautionary tale for those who lose focus on what is really important. And for what happens when the line between vigilance and paranoia blurs.