The Definitive Albert J. Sterne (Revised)
Albert Sterne, forensics expert with the FBI, is so obnoxious on the surface that no one bothers digging deeper. When he's sent to Colorado to investigate the work of a serial killer, he encounters Special Agent Fletcher Ash and they end up reluctantly joining forces to unravel the case. It's only a matter of duty, though; it can't be more, because Albert doesn't do friendship - and he certainly doesn't do love!
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About the AuthorJulie Bozza is an Aussie-English hybrid empowered by writing, fuelled by espresso, calmed by knitting, overexcited by photography, and madly in love with Amy Adams and John Keats.
"A very gripping thriller. At first I was a bit shocked that it has almost 700 pages but once I started reading I couldn't stop. The part I enjoyed the most was the love story between the two main protagonists. All the characters have depth and are complex which made them very realistic. I found this book very fascinating and I will definitely read it again." Rainbow Awards 2011, Runner Up (equal third) in the Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller category
"That's what I love about Julie Bozza; each of her books is so different. She's eclectic and it shows. ... I think this is a love it or hate kind of book. It's a bit dry in the beginning, but once you push though that and kind of go with the flow of the novel, it's awesome and singularly different from other MM books. ... I highly recommend it. I want to hug it." Rosa, My Fiction Nook
"This isn't a romance, but it is a love story. Not romantic love but deeper, more meaningful love. And she also says a whole lot more in a fascinating analysis of what she sees as the main theme here: This book is about charm. The use of it. The abuse of it. The lack of it. The strength of it. Albert Sterne is not a charming man. He is impatient, abrupt, arrogant, irascible ... Fletcher Ash, the only person who has managed to penetrate his defensive field, possesses charm in abundance. He gets on with everyone. ... He likes people. On the surface, you'd assume that being charming is a good thing, yet one of the hardest hitting sections of the book involves a scene where Fletcher comes to realize that he's been charmed by someone else." "Charm: A Two-Edged Sword" blog post by A.B. Gayle
"Two complex and complicated men in search for a cunning serial killer. Excellent book for patient readers. ... a terrific novel, ambitious in both its scope and complexity and it is a wonder that it wasn't picked up by some mainstream publisher. ... if you have patience and enjoy the challenge and complex characters and relationships, you will be rewarded by this gem of a novel. Highly recommended" LadyM, Reviews by Jessewave
"This FBI based thriller abut the search for a vicious serial killer by an FBI agent assisted by the titular Albert, forensic genius and the most obnoxious man in the Bureau, is probably the most satisfying story I've read so far this year. Give it a go and I promise that the charming Fletcher Ash and the appalling Albert will stay in your mind and your heart for a long time." Elin Gregory, Saturday Recs