Payback by John Inman

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When Tyler Powell’s life is torn apart by an unspeakable crime, the need for vengeance takes over. Every moment of every day, as he tries to pull his shattered existence together again, it’s all he can think about—revenge.

Will he give in to his rage and become the very thing he hates most? A killer?

Only with the help of Homicide Detective Christian Martin, the cop in charge of his case, does Tyler see the possibility of another life beginning—the astounding revelation of another love reaching out to him. A love he thought he would never know again.

Will he let that love into his life, or is he lost already? Is payback more important to Tyler than his own happiness? And the happiness of the man who loves him? Tyler is determined to find a way to exact his revenge without sacrificing all hope for a future with Christian, but it will be difficult—if not impossible—and in the end he might be forced to make an unbearable choice.


This and books like Head On show the width and breadth of John Inman’s talents.  He can write crazy, fun, goofy stories like Serenading Stanley and then turn around and tear your heart out with stories like this.

Payback is the story of a man who loses his husband to gay bashing and then seeks retribution.  It is dark, and hard to read at times, but very, very good.

I highly suggest reading reviews ahead of time – there are a lot of triggers in this book, but if you want something to move you – give this book a try.

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