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The Dark Tide

Contemporary Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

Like recovering from heart surgery beneath the gaze of his over-protective family isn't exasperating enough, someone keeps trying to break into Adrien English's bookstore. What is this determined midnight intruder searching for?

When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore's renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective.

Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien's past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake's own heart.

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Lanyon probably knows more about the gay mystery heritage than any other novelist. Here the spirit of Raymond Chandler's most homoerotic work, The Long Goodbye, hovers over The Dark Tide from epigraph to a final ironic twist on Chandler's own concluding lines.
Wayne Gunn, author of The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film
I have to admit, I'm not sure whether I like the romance in this more than the mystery or vice versa, because they are both skillfully crafted, and woven together seamlessly. In my humble opinion, mystery is the hardest genre to write with romance coming a close second, but Lanyon does a great job, and in this latest installment of the Adrien English mysteries, there's no disappointment. It was fast-paced, kept me guessing and had its share of tender moments.
Author KC Burns
Okay, I've finally gotten to the end of this very long review and I can truthfully say that this is one of my all time favorite series, and some time in the future I'll be reading it again. The quality of the writing, the depth of characters, the emotions and passion, and basic story telling skills gives the wonderful series a place in my keeper file. I've enjoyed and I'm certain you will, too.
A Literary Nymphs Golden Blush recommended read
Josh Lanyon's writing is skillful as always and his prose is among the best...Lanyon saves his best for last as his characters shine as never before. The Dark Tide did something that most series don't do well ñ it completed the series and character arcs in a way that made sense and did not compromise either. I can say from my perspective that whatever the author intended in terms of the emotional content of this story, he succeeded beyond my expectations, as a fan of the series.
5+ stars from Wave at Jessewave Reviews
The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon was an exceptional reading experience for me, as was the entire Adrien English Mystery Series as a whole. I highly recommend The Dark Tide but only if you've read the preceding four books: Fatal Shadows, A Dangerous Thing, The Hell You Say and Death of a Pirate King. I thank Mr. Lanyon for taking me on an incredible reading journey.
Indigene Rainbow Reviews
Never one to disappoint his fans, Josh Lanyon produces excitement, suspense and some loving for our reading enjoyment in the pages of The Dark Tide. Much has changed in the lives of Jake and Adrien and they both need to work out how those changes fit in their lives and their feelings. They do this beautifully and quite satisfactorily in the pages of The Dark Tide. Josh Lanyon has proven once again that he is indeed a master storyteller.
Elise Lyn,
I don't say this often, but I loved this book! It is the end of the series and you should really read all of them to get the full effect of the book. The book reminds me of film noir, at times dark and other times poignant. It draws you into the lives of the characters and answers the questions that have been left open from the previous books to give you a deeper sense of who the characters are and why they have done the things they did. The author has a wonderful way with words that draw emotions and visualizations from the reader. I thought the metaphor he used, the dark tide, was beautiful and so appropriate for the title. The story moves so smoothly there are no awkward places and before you know it is over. I was impatient to get the end because he keeps you guessing until the end as to what was going to happen and what the characters are going to do, but at the same time I did not want it to end. I am sad that it is the end of the series and hope the author will maybe right a story somewhere down the line with our characters in it just to see how they faired with choices they made.
Ana for The Romance Studio
All that's left for me to say is that for fans of the AE books this is a must: A fantastic book containing Josh Lanyon's stark, lean prose but crammed full of emotion and wit. I can't recommend it highly enough with a grade of 'Excellent.'
Well Read Reviews



Just in time for the holidays, you can download "The Dark Tide," a free illustration by Johanna Ollila, inspired by this story. Get your crayons ready!


Once upon a time, as a special treat, Josh created a special iTunes iMix playlist of the music that inspired the writing of The Dark Tide. For a brief time, you could go to iTunes and check it out, and even buy it if you wanted.
Unfortunately, Apple discontinued that feature a while ago. But you can still see the playlist and download a special CD Jewel Box insert here.


Read the whole series? Check out this exclusive visit with Adrien and Jake.


Another exclusive visit with Adrien and Jake.

The Dark Tide

December 2011, JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Trade paperback
February 2013, JustJoshin Publishing Inc.

December 2011, JustJoshin Publishing Inc.
Narrator: Chris Patton
Oscura marea
March 2017, Triskell
Translated by Chiara Messina

Marée noire
December 2015, Shinshokan

Ombres funestes
December 2015, Shinshokan
Trade paperback
2010, MLR Press
No longer available

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