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.
©2014 Joseph Pittman (P)2016 Joseph Pittman
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I loved this story and really hope to see more of Jimmy. This story (and hopefully series) reminded of the Infected series by Andrea Speed; minus the shifter element. Jimmy is a PI that grew up in Hell’s Kitchen with 1st generation Irish parents. Joel Leslie does a masterful Irish accent as a result. He witnessed his father’s death 15 years ago (murder?) and has never got over it. So while the story is primarily about solving a missing person case, the unsolved death of his father is also part of it. Warning though, that is not solved in this installment; along with some other relationship issues. There is a romance in this installment, but I’m not confident it is the ultimately relationship for Jimmy as the story introduces other potential suitors. And of course Jimmy has commitment issues. All and all this could be a really great series and I look forward to the next installment. Joel Leslie continues to be one of my favorite narrators and gives an awesome performance and brings this story to life.
A fast paced gay noir mystery. The protagonist is a hunky gay New York PI who is hired to find the missing gay son of a wealthy couple and gets entangled in a murder mystery. Along the way he's having hot sex and a little romance while angsting over the murder of his father fifteen years ago. It works well as a stand alone but I hope there will be sequels to follow.
Joel Leslie's excellent narration gives each character a distinctive voice that adds to the experience.
"Keep coming back"
Hidden Identity ranks among the top 10 audiobooks I've listened to so far. Can't wait for the next one.
Jimmy McSwain was my favorite character. He's not what I would think of as your usual private detective.
There were so many scenes that I truly enjoyed, it's hard to pick just one. Jimmy's interaction with his mother after he as attacked and left for dead was one of my favorite parts of the book. He made it seem like it was no big deal. He's a real character.
If I had the time, I could have listened to it in one sitting.
I can't wait for the next Jimmy McSwain audiobook. I'm his newest fan. Looking forward to listening to it.
"Very good beginning to a really good series."
i liked the trans gender theme.
All of them.
The mother and son
The main character and his dad.
Very good story
"Excellent detective noir. Sexy, Dark, Delicious!!"
Gritty, Sensual, Complex
The depth of Jimmy's relationship with his Mother speaks of his core character. The scene they share at the kitchen table in memorial to Saint Joe is a moving tribute.
At times during the first half of book, the Narrator's pace was a little too fast to let the listener be enveloped into the scene. That is my only criticism, the rest of his performance is a masterful example of sustained characters with multiple dialects, genders and ages. Amazing consistency - will be added to my narrators to listen too no matter the genre.
Already purchased the other two books in the series. Can't wait to see them turned into audiobooks, hopefully with Mr. Leslie at the mic.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"A great start to the series"
At 14 years old, Jimmy witnessed his father's murder. Vowing to find out who did it, is what made his decision later to become a PI instead of following in his father's footsteps an becoming police officer.
When Jimmy lands a missing person case of the son of a wealthy attorney, He finds himself looking for Harris Rothschild. Harris was easy to locate somewhat too easy. A series of events that follow this discovery. There are twist and turns from murder to physical threats that start happening that keep you guessing.
Only at end did the multiple cases Jimmy found himself entangled in have some closure.
Hidden Identity by Adam Carpenter was different from the Romance books I usually read. This didn't have really a romance storyline to it. There was some hot sex but it was more of the mystery. It was the suspense of what was going on and what would happen next that kept you enthralled.
Joel Leslie did a great job narrating. The different voices he was able to do made it easy for me to distinguish between characters. The main voice of Jimmy seem fitting for how I imagined.
The author did a good job with the writing. It flowed well and kept you guessing at the same time. The vivid details of the scenes and characters helped me connect with them. The ending isn't a HEA OR HFN type as its not really a romance book. That said, it doesn't end in major cliff hanger but leaves you wanting more of Jimmy's story.
A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
An interesting storyline about an Irish/American PI still shattered by the death of his father 15 years earlier and the choices he makes as a result of that death.
The plot moved along at a good pace and wove multiple and seemingly disparate scenes together very well.
Joel had a real knack for supplying a range of voices that complemented the characters and was consistent throughout.
Would have been good but I had no problem keeping track of the story over several days of listening.
* I received a copy of this audio from the narrator for review
I had not previously read this book (I prefer to read then listen) and was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which I was able to follow the story.
Joel has an amazing range of voices. The only thing that detracted from the performance was the sound quality, I almost had my volume on max and still had trouble hearing some of the audio.
"Begging For More Jimmy"
I always enjoy the audio version best. Brings the stories to life.
Rhys Ford's Dirty Kiss... Both gay Private Eyes with secret pasts.
Jimmy of course.
Jimmy was sexy and so sad at the same time. I cried for him at the beginning of the book. Terrible place for a 14 year old.
This was a great listen. I would recommend it to anyone who likes gay mysteries and hot, sexy love stories. Hope there is a second installment to answer some questions left hanging. Will listen to it again to see if I missed a 'clue'.
"A Noir Gay Detective Story hits the mark"
Yes, Very enjoyable, I really liked the character of Jimmy McSwain and plan to read the rest of the books (not available on audio yet). Jimmy McSwain is a great character for a series of gay detective novels
Reminds me somewhat of the Donald Strachey Mysteries
Joel Leslie's performance was interesting. He tried to sound like a 40's detective, but came across a little arrogant and snarky. But not in a bad way. Once I got used to his delivery, I enjoyed it. He did really good Irish and British accents.
I hope the other two books come out on audio soon. And keep Joel Leslie as the narrator. Once I got used to him, it would be weird to have anyone else read the next stories.
"An interesting start to the series"
Complex, Accepting, Gritty
I wasn't surprised I could see it was who it was from about halfway through.
All of them were good but I really liked Jimmy's mum. I like accents and he did it well. Barry was also nice.
The beginning where you find out what happened to Jimmy's dad
**** I received this audiobook in return for a fair and honest review****
This was a new to me author and I really enjoyed the book. Jimmy McSwain is an old school P.I. who happens set in the modern world. He works his cases, spends time with his mom and sisters and tries to find that special man to share his life.
While all of this is going on he is still obsessing over the murder of his father over 15 years prior and for me, the constant mentions of this dragged the story down for me. It was constant and I understand he wanted answers but it seemed to be on his mind ALL the time above everything else.
That aside I did enjoy the rest of the story, his interactions with his family and clients are great. You can tell he cares about all of them and wants what's best. In this first story he meets Barry at a club, they hit it off, get together and things go a little sideways. We end the first story with them in limbo and with Jimmy eyeing the new police Captain.
Jimmy solves some cases in all of this, not much is given to these, not as much as I expected in a detective novel. It was much more focused on Jimmy's life and struggles dealing with his father's death.
I would be interested to see how the rest of the series shakes out. Who does he end up with.. Barry, the captain or someone else. Does he ever find out what really happened to his father.
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