Police Chief Thomas Lynch investigates the disappearance of a six-year-old boy with a serious medical condition while coping with disrespect from townspeople and colleagues who don't like the fact that he's gay. It’s two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is already on the rise and the police seem to be making mistakes left and right. Further complicating matters, Lynch, still new to town, finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague, someone struggling to accept working with a gay chief of police. With time ticking away, Lynch is beginning to doubt whether he’ll be able to bring Cody home safely . . . and whether Idyll could ever really be home.
The wintertime disappearance of six-year-old Cody Forrand in rural Idyll, Conn., drives Gayle's absorbing sequel to 2015's Idyll Threats. Former NYPD homicide detective Thomas Lynch, the state's only gay police chief, must act fact fast, since Cody has a rare nervous system disorder that makes him unable to feel pain, and the police and Cody's parents are worried that the boy may freeze to death. As Thomas and his team begin to dig into Cody's family, some odd things begin to surface. FBI agents join the hunt, including one who's dangerously attractive to Thomas. Can they find Cody before it's too late? Gayle does a fine job of capturing small-town life, and Lynch, who narrates, is droll and very private, which is hard to be in a place where everyone knows everybody else's business. Fans of the first book will be delighted, and newcomers will find a new favorite. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary Agency.