Josh Lanyon Main Title

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Contemporary Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

Once a bad boy, the only lines Professor Sebastian Swift does these days are Browning, Frost and Cummings. When a student he helped to disappear becomes a suspect in a murder, he races to find the boy and convince him to give himself up before his police chief lover figures out he's involved.

Max likes being lied to even less than he likes sonnets. Yet his instincts --and his heart -- tell him his lover is being played. Max can forgive lies and deception, but a dangerous enemy may not stop until Swift is heading up his own dead poet's society.

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Josh Lanyon doesn't just top the A-List -- he IS the A-List when it comes to blending wit, suspense and romance. Mr. Lanyon's at the top of his game in Come Unto These Yellow Sands, an unforgettable story that will keep you entranced from beginning to end. As has happened with each story I've read, penned by Mr. Lanyon, I fell in love with the voice of Come Unto These Yellow Sands. There's an almost sprightly quality to the writing that buoys the story along, even in its darker moments. As for its protagonists, Max completely charmed me from the start. I could see why Swift fell for him and, even though the story is told entirely from Swift's point of view, I didn't feel like I missed out on getting to know Max. As for Swift, he's one of the most unique characters I've read in a long time."
Lily for Romance Junkies Reviews - A Blue Ribbon Rating
Come Unto These Yellow Sands is well written, has deep, intriguing characters, a well plotted mystery and is filled with deceit, betrayal and fear. What more could you ask for? Oh, yeah. A satisfying end... you'll get it.
Literary Nymphs
Swift and Max are wonderfully flawed yet realistic and beautifully rendered. The warning with this book definitely comes true as your heart quickly becomes involved and you anxiously await what happens next. The technique he employs in this book of using choose your own adventure clips is unique and enhances the story line by giving you insights. The plot was wonderfully done and kept you guessing. Josh Lanyon truly is a gifted writer and Come Unto These Yellow Sands is captivating from beginning to end.
Elise Lyn for
It is difficult to write a character whose addiction is convincing and have the reader believe both in his redemption and an HEA for the romance, but you pull it off in this novel. Swift is a fascinating character; his weaknesses and his strengths seem so intertwined, as if they flow from the same personality traits. When I reached the end of the book it was hard to let him go, but I'm confident that his future will offer him not just contentment but happiness.
Sunita for Dear Author - A Recommended Read
I love the way Lanyon wrote this novel and his prose is sublime and the way the back story opens shows the masterful thought that Lanyon used when he sat down to plan this novel and of his books that I have read, this one has the most sophistication. Another interesting aspect is that Max and Swift are the only gay men in the town where they live and therefore are somewhat co-dependent. For me, this was a different Josh Lanyon; a more seasoned and more detailed writer and this book certainly has a lot going for it. I not only recommend it; I challenge you to read it.
Reviews by Amos Lassen
I've never hid my love for Lanyon's writing and I'm not going to do so now... there's something about Lanyon's writing voice in mysteries that does it for me. Wordgasms. There IS a formula to Lanyon's mysteries. Usually the one of the male leads is hindered in some way, either physically or emotionally and he is coupled with a stronger, authoritative figure. For most writers, this would be a cliched trope but bhis formula works because Lanyon makes it work. The compromised male lead is complex and his "issues" varies -- with Lanyon working those issues into the storyline.
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Come Unto These Yellow Sands
March 2017
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Barnes & Noble
Trade paperback
March 2017,
JustJoshin Publishing Inc.Samhain
March 2013, JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Narrator: Paul Fleschner
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
June 2011, Samhain Press
No longer available
Trade paperback
June 2012, Samhain
No longer available

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