Title: Good Boys
Series: The Solomon Series, Book One
Author: Keelan Ellis
Genre: Gay Fiction, Detective, Mystery
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Paul Solomon is a homicide detective in Baltimore, a city with a high murder rate and a complicated relationship between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect.
He’s also a gay man who has been out on the job since he first joined. Being out on a tough police force hasn’t always been easy, but living with integrity is important to him.
Paul’s love life becomes as tumultuous as his job with the demise of his relationship of eight years. While dealing with the emotional and physical upheaval in his personal life, a case comes across his desk that hits a little too close to home—the murder of two gay teenagers.
Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, must solve the double homicide, and Paul has to find a way to move on from his failed relationship.
“So,” he said, “if Darren and Javon weren’t a couple, was Darren seeing anyone?”
Jayden shook her head. “Nope. He said he was waiting. He wanted to move away somewhere, like out of state. He wanted to go somewhere where it’s warm all the time. He was trying to learn how to fix cars, wanted to be a mechanic so he could find work anywhere. He wasn’t, like, ambitious or anything. People always thought he was kind of dumb because he wasn’t interested in going to college or getting rich. He just wanted to be happy.”
Paul snorted softly. She had no idea how ambitious that actually was. “So he was working at a garage?”
“Yeah,” she said. “His second cousin got him a job at his brother-in-law’s shop. Heinz Auto. He worked the counter, but Jimmy would teach him stuff when it was slow. He showed him how to replace brakes, change oil, things like that.”
“Anyone giving him a hard time? At school or work, or in the neighborhood?”
“Not really.” Jayden cocked her head. “He was getting notes in his locker for a while, but that stopped. Stupid, ugly shit. ‘I hope you get AIDS and die, fag.’ Stuff like that. So retro.”
Paul gave her the up and down with a slightly amused smirk and said, “Maybe they saw him walking with you and thought it was nineteen eighty-six.”
She bugged out her eyes. “Oh my god, policeman. Did you throw shade at me?”
“When I throw shade, you’ll know it, sugar,” Paul said, in a slightly put-on voice that wasn’t exactly his. He felt a bit like a fraud, but he enjoyed her reaction. He was glad to make her laugh for a few seconds before she remembered that her best friend was gone forever.
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About the author
KEELAN ELLIS is an east coast girl for life, a progressive, a lover of music and musicians, a mother of two very challenging girls, a loyal though sometimes thoughtless friend, a slacker, a dreamer and a bad influence. She likes true crime podcasts, great television and expensive craft cocktails made by hipsters in silly vests.
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