Among the Living (PsyCop Book 1)

von Jordan Castillo Price 
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Very unlikeable narrator, barely romance (sex, though), but interesting case and world

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Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.
Novella: 29,000 words. Contains explicit erotica.
The PsyCop Series, ebook
PsyCop 1 - Among the Living
PsyCop 2 - Criss Cross
PsyCop 3 - Body & Soul
PsyCop 4 - Secrets: a PsyCop Novel
PsyCop 5 - Camp Hell: a PsyCop Novel

The PsyCop series, paperback
PsyCop: Partners (contains PsyCop 1 and 2)
PsyCop: Property (contains PsyCop 3 and 4)
Camp Hell: A PsyCop Novel
PsyCop Shorts
Many Happy Returns
Striking Sparks


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Umfang:156 Seiten
Verlag:JCP Books, LLC

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    Sakukovor 8 Monaten
    Kurzmeinung: Very unlikeable narrator, barely romance (sex, though), but interesting case and world
    Unsympathetic MC, but interesting world and case.

    Victor Bayne is a psychic policeman who can see ghosts. His non-psychic  partner (called a "stiff") retires and he gets a new partner and a new case. Someone is killing gay men after sleeping with them and arranges the bodies with mirror shards. He has to work closely with Jacob Marks from the sex crimes unit, with whom he happens to start an affair.

    I have to admit, I wasn't too keen to try this series, but the book was free, and it's a kind of classic for the genre, so I thought I'd give it a try.

    I actually did enjoy the book well enough. The world-building seems pretty interesting, though it's a bit darker than I usually prefer, but not too dark in the actual descriptions, so it's fine. I'm just missing a bit more of explanation. There's not a lot of background information, no details, but I hope that will be expanded on later in the series.
    I did like the case, I thought it was pretty interesting, even though in the end there really was no explanation, nothing. No how, no why, no wtf.

    I just thought the romance part fell really flat. I wouldn't really call it a romance. There's a few sex scenes, which I though where not all that well written. Especially the last one felt a bit... anatomically impossible. I mean, one hand at his dick, one in his ass, all the while balancing over the guy and rubbing you dick on his butt. How? When I read sex scenes and I start to wonder where all the parts fit together, it usually means I'm not all that captivated.
    But there is no real dialog between the MCs, I didn't get any feeling more serious than a bit of infatuation.

    Also, I really did not like the narrator, Vic. For once, he seems addicted to the Auracel, which doesn't endear him to me, though I could forgive it, considering his talent, but he seems very careless. Driving while under the influence is not a good idea.
    He just seems a lot younger than he is, in general. I don't think the book gives his age, but he has to be more than 30, he just reads like maybe 20. He has no self-esteem, he's sloppy, careless, disorganized, maudlin. He just feels like a hot mess. And I don't necessarily hate characters like that, but I simply can't find any redeeming qualities about him. He's entirely unsympathetic.
    I liked Marks a bit better, once I got over the fact that he basically just jumped Vic the first(?) time they met. But he seems to genuinely care for Vic and even if he's a Psy-Fanboy, he seems to be nice enough about it.

    All in all it was certainly entertaining, I just hope the narrator manages to shape up, then I might grow to like the series.


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