The Mermaid Murders

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Contemporary,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Josh Lanyon

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Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as the Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.


Suspense / Thriller, Action, Crime, Detective, LGBT, Mystery, Romance,,LGBT,Crime,Detective,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller,Romance,Adventure,Action

Short Summary

Hot shot Art Crimes Team Special Agent Jason West meets his temporary partner, brilliant but irascible profiler Special Agent Sam Kennedy. Kennedy is not thrilled to be saddled with an ambitious "babysitter," and makes no attempt to hide his feelings.

Jason figures out Police Chief Gervase accidentally killed their teenaged victim and staged the scene to look like the Huntsman had returned to conceal his crime. Their show down takes place in the abandoned half-flooded village of Rexford.


Rural Massachusetts

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Nudity,Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Special Agent Jason West

Age: 32

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Confident, Educated, Empathetic, Flexible, Charming, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Strong Moral Code,Masculine,Funny,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Educated,Outspoken,Empathetic,Confident,Charming,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Special Agent (later BAU Chief) Sam Kennedy

Age: 40

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Outspoken, Secretive, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Complex, Educated, Masculine, Sarcastic, Sexy, Blunt, Decisive,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Secretive,Complex,Leader,Outspoken,Aggressive,Sarcastic,Unapologetic,Badass,Decisive,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Bruce Green

Age: 33

Gender: Lgbt

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy,Crazy,Criminal,Desperate,Insecure,Secretive,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Recovering from a recent near-fatal shooting, the last thing up and coming Art Crime Team golden boy Jason West wants or needs is to get roped into partnering with a disgraced if legendary profiler who may have royally screwed up his most famous case. Especially since Jason has personal ties to the case. While brilliant, irascible FBI profilers are a staple in crime fiction, there aren't a lot of stories about the FBI's Art Crime Team, and yet books and films about the art world and art-related crimes are hugely popular. So far, the series has been translated into Japanese and Italian.

About The Author

Author of over sixty 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 (HarperCollins 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 Eppie 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: Female leaning,LGBT Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific


Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.

Year Published: 2000 through Gay Men's Press

Hard Copy Available