Snowball in Hell

Snowball in Hell Los Angeles Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead but when he sees the man s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit he knows he ll be the prime suspect He also knows that

  • Title: Snowball in Hell
  • Author: Josh Lanyon
  • ISBN: 9781426891397
  • Page: 445
  • Format: ebook
  • Los Angeles, 1943Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he ll be the prime suspect He also knows that his life won t stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.Lieutenant Matthew Spain s official inquiries soon lead him to believe that NathaLos Angeles, 1943Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man s body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he ll be the prime suspect He also knows that his life won t stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.Lieutenant Matthew Spain s official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows than he s saying But that s not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist Matt s been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings or risk his entire career.As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain and to deny his intense attraction to him Nathan s secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer Previously published, newly revised by author.44,490 words

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    1. Perfectionis book was perfectr me.At the risk of sounding like a broken recordJosh Lanyon is BRILLIANT!This book had everything that I love in a mystery. Glamorous people doing suspicious things, blackmail, missing people, tragic heroes, dark dark characters, foolish boys and silly women who make all kinds of trouble, and webs that kept on spinning and spinning until every damn person looked liked the killer.It's LA in the 40s, a rich man's son turns up dead in a tar pitLt. Matt Spain is at the [...]

    2. Review written March 31, 20163.3 Stars - A bit noir feeling is always enjoyingSnowball in Hell, a WW2 historical set in USA is written by one of my favorite M/M writers, Josh Lanyon. 4:48 hrs narrated by Alexander Masters, a narrator I already knew I liked with a perfect style and voice for this kind of old fashioned "hard core / noir" detective stories. *********************************************Los Angeles, 1943 ~ About police Lieutenant Matthew Spain investigating the kidnapped and later mu [...]

    3. One of Lanyon's strongest and IMO probably most overlooked. There is a real mystery in this book, the time and setting vivid and interesting, and the two main characters Doyle and Spain both flawed in different ways but they find a way to connect in tender and painful ways. This is balanced writing and definitely a favorite.

    4. If every mystery writer wrote like Josh Lanyon, I would be a fan of mysteries. I could go on again about the frustrating issues I have with the genre, but that would be a disservice to this wonderfully compelling book.The mystery was only slightly transparent. I got the who pretty early on, but the hows and the whys kept me interested, so bravo, Mr. Lanyon. The romance made me ache. It made me cry. It made me bite off three of my fingernails, dammit I was trying to grow those out. It was breatht [...]

    5. Josh Lanyon has done it again! Just a week before Christmas and all through LA, all the creatures were stirring, scurrying, murdering, and causing all sorts of trouble and hubbub for our heroes Doyle and Spain. Mr. Lanyon completely charmed me with a mystery wrapped up in 1943 Los Angeles, kidnappings, alligator farms, fear, love, and an overwhelming bittersweet-make-my-heart-ache emotion. Oh, don’t forget the dead body. :DA body in the La Brea tar pits sets the town a buzz with gossip, rumors [...]

    6. I feel like such a fool for overlooking this one time and time again. Snowball in Hell is most certainly the darkest, and quite possibly, the most powerful work I have ever read from Mr Lanyon.He styles this novella using all the qualities of noir, and honestly, I have never read anything more visually noir in my life! Talk about an atmosphere! All the elements of classic 1940’s film noir are here: Spain plays the ‘plainclothes policeman’, Doyle plays the ‘victim of circumstance’, a mu [...]

    7. This was my third JL's novella and I thought it was well constructed and entertaining. It had an overall sense of melancholic sadness that was heartfelt and convincing. My 2 stars (2.5 with a stretch) are mainly due to the ending - I've found it rather abrupt and unsatisfying. It already happened with some other JL's stories, such asThe Dark Farewell, and there I was again, wanting to read more and being disappointed Anyway, although the noir atmosphere is unmistakably formulaic (if you've done [...]

    8. I liked this book and actually enjoyed a perfectly created atmosphere of a white-black-movie. A Must read for all Josh Lanyon fans, but I would not recommend this book as an introduction into his works. If you have not read anything of Josh Lanyon, read his Adrien English Mystery series or his stand-alone Come Unto These Yellow Sands before this one.Snowball in Hell is a well written mystery with an emphasis on MYSTERY, at least for the first half of the book. And to tell the truth, I didn't mis [...]

    9. I think I have a man-crush for Matthew. <3Snowball in Hell takes place during WWII, which was a time when being homosexual could lead to prosecution. We have our two characters: Mathew (35 yo; widowed; a cop) and Nathan (32-ish?; journalist). Both characters have their own emotional baggage to carry (both are war veterans in their own way), but are brought together during an investigation.There is a lot to say, but much have already been mentioned in previous reviews. What I can say is that S [...]

    10. Snowball in Hell takes place during World War II in 1943 Los Angeles. This story is more than a murder mystery. It is about a man that is in so much pain that death seems like his only option for peace. Nathan is a reporter and a suspect in a murder investigation but all this takes a back seat to his struggle with loneliness, fear, guilt, and depression over his sexuality. During this time, homosexuality was viewed as a sickness or a condition that should be healed and Nathan wanted nothing more [...]

    11. Snowball in Hell is an m/m mystery set in WWII wartime California. I loved the historical aspects. They felt authentic without being explained, or overexplained. The worldbuilding was very fluid, in other words. I'd like to go back and read this more slowly to savor the detail, like the war rationing, the train ride, and the stuff in Nathan's mom's house. On the first readthrough I was mainly focused on the romance -- how horribly dangerous it seemed, how realistic, how thrilling. Definitely a r [...]

    12. This is the first “period” novel by Josh that I’ve read. And it’s a gem. A compelling, moving story, in which the authenticity of the time setting (early 1940’s LA) never overshadows the characters’ development, their emotional struggles and the murder mystery they’re both investigating though from different perspectives. All these elements are carefully balanced and help create a story that sensitively re-creates a time period when sex between men was illegal and homosexuality a s [...]

    13. Lately I've been finding Josh Lanyon a lot like Thanksgiving turkey.It looks good - all crispy and juicy and golden - but when it comes down to it, I always find the meat a little too dry and tasteless. (I'm a pork rib kinda girl, ftr. Or better yet, give me dessert.)The story itself is not bad at all. You've got your tortured souls who find each other in the midst of their respective hopeless loneliness, you've got your glamorous/shady noir feel (with the war an implausibly distant thought), an [...]

    14. I just finished this and I'm still emotionally torn apart. I really, really felt for Matt and Nathan deep down in my heart! Josh's work always does this to me and I know I won't be able to find the words to describe why I loved this book or how it made me feel. It was dark and beautiful and heart-wrenching and the ending left me filled with hope the somehow everything will work out. I was also really into the mystery. I was pretty sure I had it figured out early on, but the revelation was still [...]

    15. This is probably one of Lanyon’s grittier mysteries. Set during WWII, Snowball in Hell tells the story of Nathan Doyle and Mathew Spain, both injured from the war and are now in Los Angeles, Spain serving as a police lieutenant and Doyle working as a reporter on the police beat. They meet for the first time when a corpse is pulled out from the tar pits, and while tracking down the killer, Spain and Doyle become embroiled into something far deeper and more intimate than they could have imagined [...]

    16. Don't get me wrong, I adored Matt, his compassion, support, delicacy, strength, but this is Nathan's book. He came alive in my hands and his struggle became real, his desperation was so raw you could almost touch it. He is depressed, he drinks too much and doesn't eat enough and he has a painful death wish. His sexuality is a burden. He is a good man - everyone in the book says so - but he is lonely, he sets himself apart, he feels flawed.In this book Nathan is one of the suspects of the murder [...]

    17. I don't know what it is about Josh Lanyon's books and yours truly Most of his stories are not the "I'll forsake sleep to finish this"- kind of page turners for me. There is a mellowness to the books that keeps me from that. Also: I still wouldn't want to classify mystery as a genre I particularly like. But still: I love his books. The whodunit is interesting but what Lanyon excels at are his characters. They're deep, layered, engaging. And the angst Love it! Major drama with a subdued quality to [...]

    18. This story left me enveloped in a cloak of sadness, almost like the cloak of fear that permeates the story.Different realities of life at that time (during WW2) are dealt with. Homosexuality is abhorred both by the person's involved and by the public. Being gay meant being in the land of fleeting encounters.The ending was in a slightly more hopeful vein, so I will have to see if the story continues with a sequel.

    19. I think this was actually very good & I liked it. I just hope it could be longer because there were issues I'd wanted to know more such as Doyle's depression & (view spoiler)[his attempted to suicide (hide spoiler)]It looked like fun & flirty in the beginning but turned out (view spoiler)[dark & sad (hide spoiler)] arggh I want book 2!

    20. [This is a re-edited re-release from Carina] Simply one of the best pieces of Detective Noir fiction I have read. I took a course in college that included some classic Detective Noir pieces, and I have to say that I enjoyed this far more, mainly due to Lanyon's superb characterization skills and careful balance of plot and setting. He keeps the pace crisp while still managing to maintain an authentic atmosphere throughout the story. The police detective/reporter crime solving duo is one of myste [...]

    21. This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.To start off this review, an important point should be made. This is not a traditional romance, in the sense of Happily Ever Afters. It is much more of a mystery novel, with Nathan and Matt’s romance playing a beautiful subtext to the whodunit behind Phil Arlen’s murder.Josh Lanyon is probably my favorite m/m writer of all time. His mysteries are thoughtful, entertaining, and incredibly well-written, and his abilit [...]

    22. On holiday at the moment and loving being lazy bint and doing much reading. The other night I finished Josh Lanyon’s Snowball in Hell at some god-awful hour. I was so engrossed I did not even realise the time and had to make sure I was very quiet and did not wake the other bed occupant. I really liked this book, a lot. Mind you, thus far I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Josh Lanyon’s work and have given my credit card a work out in the last wee while! 

Nathan is kinda lonely and all in [...]

    23. "I don't know how we're going to work it out. I just know's worth working out. It's worth it to me anyway."What an amazing and beautiful story. Nathan and Matt are such beautifully written characters. This story is a very pulp noir feeling mystery set during war-time in the 1940's. Nathan is a reporter and Matt is a cop investigating a murder.I don't think I've met many characters like Nathan. He's dark and broken and beaufiful and he has no idea about any of it. Matt is kind of lost too. He kno [...]

    24. Wow, oh wow! What a great read!Review to come later Note: I received this eARC from Carina Press via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.

    25. My problem is that I hate incomplete series but I love Josh Lanyon so much that I cant help myself.I had to read it. And I loved it. And I want book 2. Now now now now now now now Mare~Slitsread

    26. This story takes place during WWII. The story centers around the kidnapping and murder of Phil Arlen, the son of a very wealthy California family. Into this comes, Nathan Doyle, a reporter who served a stint in the war. After being injured in the war, he now works for a local paper. Nathan knows Phil. He may or may not have something to do with his demise. The homicide detective assigned to the Arlen case, has also served in the war. Matt thinks Nathan knows more than he is telling.That is the b [...]

    27. This book is excellent, I kid you not. The mystery part is engaging, the characters are very likable and the gay romance is very good too. The sex is hot without overwhelming the plot which is not common in gay books/ebooks these days. For me, the best part were the characters. Nathan and Matt are very well-plotted characters but not everything is told about them, making it possible for the author to write a sequel that would delve deeper into their personalities. I'm also happy that these two c [...]

    28. Well, this is more romantic suspense than romance and I wasn't expecting that for one. I liked the 'noir' atmosphere though and enjoyed it a lot. I also liked Nathan very much, he was a very sweet hero. On the other hand I don't know why, but I didn't feel I got to know Matt as well as I'd like. And I so desperately needed an epilogue! The ending was way too abrupt for my tastes, especially considering how many difficulties those two have to face. Still, a very nice & emotional read and very [...]

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