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One-hundred-and-three-year-old nursing home resident Ruth Brookes holds the key to an unsolved series of murders, and what she knows has never been more important. A psychotic killer is once again stalking gay men in the streets of Austin.Meanwhile, Matt Bell has finally decided to break out of the social isolation he’s lived in since being shot by the still-at-large killeOne-hundred-and-three-year-old nursing home resident Ruth Brookes holds the key to an unsolved series of murders, and what she knows has never been more important. A psychotic killer is once again stalking gay men in the streets of Austin.Meanwhile, Matt Bell has finally decided to break out of the social isolation he’s lived in since being shot by the still-at-large killer, and meets the handsome, broody, and shy Thatcher. Both men are fighting their own demons as the killings start again. Soon the body count is rising and their friends are dropping like flies.Will Ruth give up her secrets in time to stop the madman before Matt and Thatcher find themselves in the crosshairs of his rifle? Only Ruth knows for sure, because life is seldom black and white—more often it is just shades of blue....

Title : Blue
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ISBN : 9781602825710
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Blue Reviews

  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    2019-01-21 09:06

    This is another tearjerker but it's sweet, too. Emotions came too fast, there was insta-love and abrupt change in how a character felt about something major, but the love was adorable. I didn't like the beginning; it was too slow and kind of dull. But I stuck with it and by the second chapter the plot started moving along and we began to meet the characters. Oh, yes, characters. There were so many that I took notes because I wasn't sure if I would need to remember all these people. It turned out that most of the important people were obvious early on but there were a couple that came into play that I had to refer back to see if they had been introduced near the beginning. I think some of it was unnecessarily complicated. Yet the complexity is part of what made the book. Seemingly unrelated things or confusing elements twined around each other to link up at the end. The police procedural part was pretty good. I was completely surprised by the ending, did not see that one coming at all. My major complaint is that all of the "someone I loved is near death/injured, let me show my love" was mostly in the beginning and middle and the final showdown was completely lame. It started fine and just fizzled. I'm not sure why the title is Blue or what the blurb is alluding too. The color blue was mentioned a couple of times but not in any important way. Sadness wasn't referred to as being blue at all. And blue wouldn't begin to describe the level of sadness. Maybe it refers to the fact that there isn't any sex in the book. :)This was published in 2011 but it was obviously written in 2003 or 04. I wish that some of the things had been adjusted for this later publishing date. And a couple of dates didn't match up, either. (view spoiler)[Thatcher says Adam died ten years ago but he was diagnosed HIV positive in the 80's. He died before the new drugs were found that control it. So he would have died fairly quickly. But we know that Ruth's brother was born in 1898 and she is 103 and two years younger than he was. So this is 2004. Ten years before 2004 is 1994 when the drugs were already on the market and doing well.(hide spoiler)]But I would definitely read something else by this author. 4 stars: 3 stars for the beginning and end, 5 stars for the middle.

  • Jon
    2019-02-16 16:57

    A very good, suspenseful/thrilling read - especially the last 50 pages or so - edge-of-your-seat drama... The first part of the novel is tough to get through with the introduction of so many characters and several pieces to the mystery toss around until all begins to come together. I will definately look for more by Russ Gregory...

  • Tracy
    2019-01-31 16:09

    ~* 3.5 Stars *~Couldn't Put It Down...EventuallyOn a hot, Austin night, the crack of a single shot echoes through the city streets and a young man collapses to the gritty concrete, bleeding, writhing in pain...dying. His death is agonizingly slow. He was gay. And he is not the first.Over twenty years ago a killer hunted his prey along these same city streets. All were young gay men, all were gunned down with a single rifle shot. The killer was never found. And now he's hunting again.Matt Bell had been in college when he'd taken a bullet all those years ago. He'd survived only because his friends were close and got help to him quickly enough. Since that night, he's lived a life of emotional isolation. Never letting anyone close, never letting anyone in. And he's getting a little tired of himself over it. Especially when he catches a glimpse of an attractive but obviously haunted man in a bar one night. Matt feels inexplicably drawn to the solitary character and for the first time in as long as he can remember, sets out to actively pursue him.The death of his lover years ago has rendered Thatcher Keeney a veritable recluse, even as the crushing weight of loneliness threatens to suffocate him. When he runs into an attractive man at the grocery store, he feels both awkward and unsure, but he can't deny the zing of...something...that he feels, the first since losing Adam so long ago. Matt is charming, and adorable with his earnestness, and Thatcher can't help but respond.As the two men start a very jerky, halting dance of attraction, need, and want, they are unaware that the threads that connect them to each other go back far, far longer than either could guess. And then each man gets a phone call that will shake their world and threaten to crash it down around them both.A cold case, labeled Blue by Austin Police Department's Cold Case Unit, has had some fresh and horrifying activity and the police detective, now Lieutenant, who had originally investigated the crime over two decades ago was informing the survivors that there have been new victims. For Matt, it's a shock. For Thatcher...it's something else entirely. And the potential of their feelings for each other may not survive the fallout of the news. Then again, neither of them may survive the killer, either.~*~I wish I could say that Blue was a case of love-at-first-page, but I have to admit, I had to work to get into it. I almost gave up more than once as I pushed through the first few chapters. The many shifts in character point of view in the narrative, the sheer number of characters introduced with no framework to fit them into place, the lack of explanation or much in the way of plotline setup, and the nebulous and shifting timeline all conspired to make the first few chapters of the book both a confusion and a headache. I felt lost for far longer than was comfortable before the story started to fall into place.The good news is that once it did, I found much to like about Gregory's debut.Being a visual thinker, I can't help but think of books like this, suspense books, mysteries and the like as big multi-piece puzzles. The more pieces of the puzzle, the more complex the tale. The more complete and "visually appealing" the final picture, the more I like the book. Once all the pieces were assembled in Blue, I have to admit, there were some parts of the picture that were a little muddy, some a bit two dimensional, and in some places the pieces didn't fit together quite as seamlessly as I would have liked. In several of the individual puzzle pieces themselves, however, I found the gold of this story.Yes, there's an unknown serial killer once again stalking and killing gay men in Austin. The investigative plot threads were fine, if a bit sparse and too light on secondary character definition for my tastes. I enjoyed how Gregory fit together the pieces that were there and thought it made for an entertaining read. I would have liked a bit more of the dots connected than were, though. I had several unanswered questions about the killer, things mentioned in the narrative that went unexplained - like the significance of the lunar calendar, or why the killer shot so many without a change MO given his actual goal - to feel completely satisfied with the suspense.Matt, though, with his melancholy and his yearning for connection, and Thatcher, still mired in guilt and grief after all those years, were absolutely and completely captivating.While there are definitely several different character's points of view featured in the book, Matt is the main character, and I totally got him, if you know what I mean. A little clueless, a little haunted, toting around a lot of baggage from being gay and growing up in a conservative family. His past left marks on his soul even as it molded him into the man he became, and I felt for the echoes of loneliness that still plagued him. It was a very genuine portrayal of a character that was sympathetic, believable, three dimensional, and real. And once he started fancying Thatcher, he was even geekily endearing.Thatcher was more viscerally tormented by his past. With good reason. Losing Adam as he did was...wow. Just gut wrenching. Still, as much as I liked him - and I did a lot - and was just in tears in places as his story was revealed, the disjointed and confusing timeline of events in the book hampered me the most in relation to his past and his character. I just couldn't figure out when things were happening and how long it had been since he'd lost Adam.It seemed like a really, really long time for the grief to still be so debilitating and devastating. That being said, even though I wasn't able to totally commit to the emotions as they were portrayed, I still felt them and understood (in theory) how utterly the events Thatcher suffered could wreck a person. I felt for Thatcher, mourned Adam with him, and held hope for Matt because Matt and Thatcher need each other very much. That need and that bond between them was fairly awesome to see as it strengthened into a potential relationship.Not every facet of Blue worked perfectly for me. Not every element was as rich and well developed as I hoped. Not every aspect of the suspense was completely successful. Still, there was a wealth of gut wrenching, powerful emotions captured here, and a lot of solid storytelling that just flat-out touched me, or made me sad, or horrified me, or thrilled me. Maybe it wasn't a perfect puzzle for me once it was assembled, but it was entertaining, and some of those individual pieces were pretty damn awesome, all by themselves.Quotables:"So, what do we have?" Griggs asked.Reed answered. "Total confusion, disconnected nothing, absolute bewilderment. It's an enigma wrapped in a mystery, stuffed in a burrito, and smothered in taco sauce." He smiled. "Sorry, Lieutenant, I'm a little hungry."Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.~*~*~*~Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  • J.H. Trumble
    2019-01-24 15:01

    So much beauty, so many poignant moments in this debut thriller! The complexity of the novel kept me thinking about the characters, their lives, their loves, their hurts long after I closed the cover. BLUE is a welcome addition to LGBT lit in particular and psychological thrillers in general. Can't wait for Gregory's next work. Read this book!

  • Ajax1978
    2019-01-20 16:00

    Geez louise. What in the heck was up with the first part of this book? I never stop reading a book but boy was I tempted to put this one down. Thankfully I kept reading and the ship finally righted itself. And the only reason I kept with it was after reading others' reviews saying what I found to be 100% true. The last two-thirds of this book truly makes it worth slogging through the muddled beginning. But I have to wonder, what was the point? Certainly there are other ways of starting the book, laying the groundwork for what's to come, that are less confusing, less off-putting. If other readers are not as determined to finish as I was, they will put this book aside and say, well, I'm not buying anything else by Russ Gregory.

  • Sean Kennedy
    2019-02-10 14:55

    The second half of the book is much better, but it's a real struggle to get through the start as there are too many characters and not enough exposition to explain them or their relationships to each other. I did, however, like the tortured hero, Thatcher.

  • PaperMoon
    2019-01-23 16:59

    This book proved a very slow start read for me; I think largely due to the huge number of characters being introduced (both in the past as well as the present plot timeline) in the first chapters. I got disorientated and impatient and abandoned the read for a while. Going back afterwards (once the MCs got sorted out in my mind from the plethora of secondary characters), things got progressively better and more interesting. However, the multi-shifting POVs in each chapter did not sit right with me in the early chapters but I eventually got used to it. Thatcher's back-story and characterisation was the first thing that got me invested in the reading. The crime procedural components (i.e. find the serial killer before he strikes yet again) ramped up significantly from a third of the way into the book and definitely helped in pacing as well as keeping my attention/interest. I'm pleased there was no precipitous romance developed between Matt and Thatcher - internal struggles and brokenness helped to allay any insta-sex gratification thank God. One minor quibble - the hints of some traumatic historical event being linked to the serial killings was not followed through very well and by the time the big reveal happened at the end ... it was almost provided as a sort of footnote.Overall - a solid three star read - would have scored higher if my attention and interest had not been lost in an initial reading attempt.

  • Donnell Bell
    2019-02-11 13:14

    I completed BLUE three weeks ago, and the story is indelibly left in my brain, which in my mind is the sign of a talented writer and storyteller. The story revolves around a reporter interviewing a 103-year-old resident of a nursing home, who holds the secret as to why gay men are being stalked and killed on the streets of Austin, TX.Gregory not only brings the story to life with characters to whom he dedicates their own chapters, he brings these people to life. In their invidivual scenes, as the author advances the plot and the conflict, you are there with each of them in their fascinating worlds.I came away with an appreciation of what it means to be gay in a fearful, bigotted world, what a gay protagonist faces every day of his life, and yet the story is told in a way thriller and mystery readers of all walks of life, should appreciate and enjoy. The author's twists and turns are amazing, and his understanding of police procedure spot on and well told. I loved the heterosexual attraction Gregory set up between a the investigating cop and an FBI profiler, I appreciated deeply the loss Matt and Thatcher experienced in their life as well as their growing love for each other.I rank Russ Gregory in the talent of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner. I look forward to more of this author's stories. Moreover, Blue is an apt title for this book. Read it and see if you don't agree!

  • Heidi Gonzalez
    2019-01-22 09:59

    I really liked this book but the beginning was a bit confusing. Too many characters were introduced without much reason as to why. I started getting confused as to who was talking and who wasn't - even though the chapters indicated who was supposed to be talking there would be other characters voices thrown in. Gregory seemed to pull it together about a third of the way in and the book took on a life of its own.Who was killing the gay men in Austin? Could it be the gorgeous and broody Thatcher or is it someone else? The police have no leads and can't tie all the murders together with the exception of ballistics. Finally with the help of the FBI they start to piece together when the attacks usually occurred but not why there is often big gaps in time between shootings.Its a great story once Gregory starts focusing on the main characters, and the main mystery. The descriptions of the harrowing deaths of people from AIDS in the 80's is a painful reminder of what so many went through. Its a good debut that could have used some fine tuning but hopefully he will work that out by his next book!

  • Christopher
    2019-01-24 15:02

    I picked up this ebook because it was advertised as a gay romance thriller. However, my thrill diminished somewhat as I read the book.I honestly found the characters to be very 2 dimensional caricatures. None of them truly felt "real" and it was hard to connect or sympathize with any one individual. Even the antagonist felt contrived, rather than tragic. The concept for the villain and their motive was great, I'll definitely give the author that, but all of the characters really needed to be fleshed out some more. Back story may provide context but it is the present that defines us.I will also admit that I had some problems with the writing itself. Jumping from character to character viewpoint is a fine way to keep a story moving, but I often found the transition to be confusing, and wound up having to reread the lead paragraph to figure out just who I had just jumped to.I'm certain that this has more to do with me as opposed to the author. Everyone has their own style of writing and I have to remember that. I look forward to having another go at Russ Gregory's work when I read Greg Honey

  • Eric Swanson
    2019-01-28 10:02

    A disappointingly routine mystery that fails to generate any real suspense until the final pages. Mr. Gregory withholds crucial information until the end, which generates a momentary shock but no suspense.The characters are one-dimensional at best, and the plot isn't gripping enough to make up for the other weaknesses. Here's hoping Mr. Gregory does better next time.

  • Rod
    2019-02-10 17:14

    Agree with the other reviewers, the beginning was tedious and confusing but the end was worth it. I will be looking forward to Russ' next book to see how his writing evolves and improves. A promising career I think.

  • Russ
    2019-02-03 15:04