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Maloney's Law is the first book in the Maloney series.


Paul Maloney, a small-time private investigator from London, reluctantly accepts a case from his married ex-lover, Dominic Allen.


Before he knows it, Paul finds himself embroiled in the dark dealings of big business and the sordid world of international crime.


The deeper he pushes, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.

Can he solve the mystery and protect those he loves before it's too late?

Maloney's Law was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2006 (for novels set in London) and the Royal Literary Fund Scheme, and longlisted for the Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Novel Award.

Read an article about Maloney’s Law on the Crime out of The Closet 2023 blog

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"Maloney's Law is a gay romance and mystery. It's also a dark, deep and poetic gay romance and mystery. I confess I love novels written in the first person and present tense, but I also know it's quite difficult to write them well. But not, apparently, for Brooke. Her Maloney's Law is exceptionally well-written.” [From a review at Rainbow Reviews]

"Once again Anne Brooke has produced a book which is high in emotional intensity and yet never strays into hysteria. Her descriptions of setting, character and situation all combine to make Maloney's Law an unforgettable read.” [From a review at Well Read Reviews]

"This book grabbed me from the first page and held me until the very last, when I closed it, sniffling and crying. Readers, this is good stuff. But a romance it's not, though it's about love in all its forms, painful and beautiful. It's a hell of a trip … It's a story about loss, love, atonement and hope. It made me cry a number of times, but it leaves you with a sense of going forward." [From a review at Outlaw Reviews]

"Wow, just wow! The more I read Ms. Brooke's books, the more I'm coming to the conclusion that this author picks her characters right from the corner of the street. In this book too, she has made an extremely great job with her protagonists. But it's not just them. Every single character here is unique. I couldn't stop thinking while reading this story that each and every one of them pulses with life. They are true if not real and able to evoke too many emotions from the reader.” [From a 4 Star review at MM Good Book Reviews] 

"This book is disturbing on many levels. What has happened to Paul in the past, what happens to him in the present, and what will happen to him in the future are all brought to light in a tale of life, death, blackmail, murder, corruption and so much more. It's a good read.” [From a 4 Star review at Mrs Condit Reads Books]

"Once you get into this book it's impossible to put it down. Every time you think you have it figured out, it proves you wrong. In other words it's the perfect detective book! The characters were very strong and the backstory couldn't have been better.” [From a 4.5 Star review at Top2Bottom Reviews]

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