Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
Riptide / May 12, 2014 / $17.99 print / $8.99 digital
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires—including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop—and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
Hostile Ground is co-authored by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt, who are also known for their Market Garden series. The Market Garden series is heavy on the BDSM theme, but light on the violence. The blurb for Hostile Ground speaks of mind games and undercover efforts, so the violence is much more evident here.