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Eye Spy: A Compilation [Paperback]

Drew Zachary
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Feb. 1 2009
Private eye DB has a pretty unusual partner. Jesse's been in his office a lot longer than he has, hanging around like ghosts have to. They do pretty well together, playing chess and solving cases, which Jesse figures is better than an eternity popping in and out of walls. Three different cases keep DB and Jesse jumping in this compilation. In Eye Spy, DB and Jesse end up embroiled in a murder investigation, one that might leave an innocent man in jail if they don't get it solved. They have a lot more to learn about each other, too, but can a man and a ghost find any common ground to touch on? In My Little Eye, Jesse has the ghost of a little girl named Gwen on his mind, DB has a new informant, Yanya, who disapproves of his life with Jesse, and they have to keep a killer from striking again. Things seem to be going well for DB and Jesse for a change and then Detective Joe Donners shows up. Donners starts pressing DB for the truth about how DB always seems to be one step ahead, and Jesse is convinced that Donners wants even more than that. Can DB solve the mystery, fob off the detective, and keep his love life, such as it is, from imploding right before his very eyes?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Three good stories and a witty ghost Nov. 6 2010
By Dr Max TOP 50 REVIEWER
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At first I thought this would be just another ghost story but it turned out to be good fun, with believable characters, once I had suspended my disbelief and accepted that ghosts could not only exist but somehow could cross the barrier between the living and the dead. Far from morbid, this is a good collection of three stories featuring the same two main characters: private eye DB and his ghost, Jesse. DB has the unusual ability to see ghosts, all of them, everywhere, but the special ghost in his life is Jesse who haunted the office that DB had just rented for his private eye business. They're an unlikely combination in the first tale but as they work more closely together and as a bond of affection grows between them they become partners in every sense.

The cases they solve are not terribly complex but neither are they transparent. It's interesting to see how the cases are solved but the real story here is the developing relationship between DB and Jesse, one that comes to be physical as well as emotional. In the last of the three, we see a new character, police detective Joe Donners, introduced. This creates an interesting dynamic as Jesse is jealous and DB is blissfully unaware. The author provides clever, incisive dialogue and slips in a goodly supply of steaming sex as well although never to the point of dominating the characters or the plot.

It would be great to see a sequel to this collection. I'd like to read more about the two likeable main characters and their developing physical relationship. Yes, they manage real touching from time to time but still aren't really sure how to control and channel this ability. It's a clever concept and one that should catch the imagination of its readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Spy: A Compilation by Drew Zachary March 8 2009
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Eye Spy (Eye Spy 1) by Drew Zachary

DB is a private investigator of not much success. But he has something no other PI could have: his partner is a ghost, Jesse.

They share a pretty simple and quite life: resolve cases not so complicated, play chess and discuss a lot. They have never spoken of the private life of DB, cause Jesse has no private life, obviously, and seems neither DB.

But when DB discovers that Jesse is gay, like him, their relationship changes a bit: sex with a ghost seems a little weird and complicated, but DB can't deny the sudden passion he feels for Jesse. And Jesse wants badly to feels again a physical passion and to have the chance to share it with something else.

In the end the case on which DB and Jesse are investigating slip in second side and the struggle of Jesse to understand how he can have sex with DB plays the main role. Jesse is the engine of the story, DB is almost the let-the-things-flows type of characters. It is also a tender story and not creepy at all; maybe you will be a little sad for the two but you will have an open happy end to image how a ghost and a man can build a relationship together.

With My Little Eye (Eye Spy 2) by Drew Zachary

Jesse and DB from Eye Spy have to solve two cases: a professional ones, the murder of a 8 years old girl, and a professional ones, the fact that they can't have sex together, since being Jesse a ghost, he has a too "ethereal" physic, and everytime they try to touch, DB passes through Jesse like Jesse does with a wall.

The book is a light comedy: the awful plot, the murder of the little girl, plays only a secondary level role, and almost all the book is voted to Jesse and DB's relationship. The two are like two male cats in the same house, both of them want to dominate and to have the last word. But they are also in love and maybe Jesse arrived to this conclusion before DB, and so now he is the most eager to find a solution.

DB is the classical PI: detached and negative, but also with a big heart well hidden behind his rude behavior. He is always ready to blame Jesse for bringing him "ghost" clients, since they are not paying customer, but then he can't never deny an help.

But as I said, is not the suspence part of the book that characterized the plot: it's more the erotic exchanges between Jesse and DB, and since this is not at all a "normal" relationship, all the erotic scenes have always a funny side, a creepy funny side.

Something Green (Eye Spy 3) by Drew Zachary

DB and his ghost lover Jesse are coming back with another story where mystery mixes with humor. In comparison to the previous book, Something Green is a little more funny and light: DB and Jesse have finally found a way to be together also in a physical way. They are all in all a couple, and like a real couple, Jesse is starting to get jealous, since he is the "invisible" part of the relationship and he can't stake his claim on DB in a very evident way. Even if the author really never described DB or Jesse in a physical way, I believe that DB is a cute man, and now he has also an admirer, a cop that started to wonder why DB is always in time on the scene of a crime, and one that is willing to believe that is not only lucky or something illegal.

Joe, the cop, has a sad story on his past, that almost makes the reader wants for him to be happy, but in no way he can be between DB and Jesse. But despite this, Jess has to face the fact that he is incorporeal, and that he can't do things with his lover like going out for dinner or chatting in public; things that Joe can do. What I like is that the jealousy stunt is all on Jesse's side, DB never once lets his interest on Joe to become something more than friendship; even if in love with a ghost with whom he is having sex, DB is really a quite normal guy, with simple taste and desires: he accepted the fact that his soul mate is a ghost and now he is passing on, no more doubting of the decision he took; he is enjoying the moment and he doesn't question the future.

As I said the book is more funny, without any angst nor in the mystery case or in the relationship between DB and Jesse, and it's also more "physical", since DB and Jesse are having regular sex, and once they went on the weird thing of having sex with a ghost in the previous book, in this one they are only happy and content with what they have and they profit plenty of the chance. So the sex is only happy, and there is no regrets of "if" pending between them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Spy by Drew Zachary Jan. 30 2008
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
DB is a private investigator of not much success. But he has something no other PI could have: his partner is a ghost, Jesse.

They share a pretty simple and quite life: resolve cases not so complicated, play chess and discuss a lot. They have never spoken of the private life of DB, cause Jesse has no private life, obviously, and seems neither DB.

But when DB discovers that Jesse is gay, like him, their relationship changes a bit: sex with a ghost seems a little weird and complicated, but DB can't deny the sudden passion he feels for Jesse. And Jesse wants badly to feels again a physical passion and to have the chance to share it with something else.

In the end the case on which DB and Jesse are investigating slip in second side and the struggle of Jesse to understand how he can have sex with DB plays the main role. Jesse is the engine of the story, DB is almost the let-the-things-flows type of characters. It is also a tender story and not creepy at all; maybe you will be a little sad for the two but you will have an open happy end to image how a ghost and a man can build a relationship together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. Sweet yet sad romance. Dec 7 2007
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This one leaves me wanting more.
An endearing pair of sleuths with DB the human PI and his ghost partner, Jesse. The mystery murder is tightly paced and Jesse the ghost helping out in all the creative ways is amusing.
At first, DB seems like a jerk with not much patience for Jesse. But romance develops as loneliness brings them together. The romance is bittersweet and sad. Surely for a human and ghost to be together is near impossible. Jesse is hardly corporael and they could not really feel each other or could they ? This one begs for more volumes and I hope Chris and Vic do not disappoint.
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