Fatal Shadows

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Josh Lanyon

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Gay Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English's old high school buddy is found stabbed to death in an alley following a loud and very public argument the previous evening. The cops are are none too impressed with Adrien's answers--but Adrien knows he is next on the list.



Short Summary

Closeted LAPD homicide Detective Jake Riordan arrives at Cloak and Dagger books to interview prime suspect Adrien English. There is an instant and unwilling attraction between the two very different men.

Detective Riordan saves Adrien from serial killer and journalist Bruce Green in a shootout. Riordan indicates he has romantic feelings for Adrien by warning him their relationship will not be easy. They drive away into the Los Angeles dawn.


Los Angeles, California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Adrien English

Age: 32

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Flexible,Educated,Honorable,Modest,Adventurous,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan

Age: 40

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Sarcastic,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bruce Green

Age: 33

Gender: Lgbt

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Desperate,Insecure,Narcisstic,Skillful,Secretive,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Celebrating 20 years in print, Fatal Shadows has (officially) been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Italian, German, French, Japanese, and Chinese. It was the first (and only) title by a Western author to place (#5) in Japan’s annual Boy Love novel list. The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. In 2019, Fatal Shadows became the first LGBTQ+ mobile game created by Moments: Choose Your Story. For twenty years it has never been out of print.

About The Author

Author of nearly ninety titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure, and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON’S work has been translated into eleven languages. Her FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, then the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the first M/M title to be published in print. In 2016 Fatal Shadows placed #5 in Japan’s annual Boy Love novel list (the first and only title by a foreign author to place on the list). The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group. In 2019, Fatal Shadows became the first LGBTQ mobile game created by Moments: Choose Your Story. She is an EPIC Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), an Edgar nominee, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads All Time Favorite M/M Author award. Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: LGBT Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific


Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.

Year Published: 2000 thru Gay Men's Press

Hard Copy Available