Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Boystown 2: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries

Title: Boystown 2: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-018-3
Genre: {M/M} Mystery
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Little Boy Silent - 5 Nymphs
The nephew of a Chicago Mafia boss was accused of killing his stepfather. Private Investigator Nick Nowak is hired to find out why the suspect refuses to talk to his defense lawyers. In reality, the suspect is as much a victim as his stepfather.

Little Boy Blond - 4 Nymphs
Nick is hired by the owner of the Jewel Box Theater to investigate the murder of a porn star beaten to death in his kitchen. Prejudice can be a strong motivator in minds that are closed to reasonable thoughts.

Little Boy Loved - 5 Nymphs
Nick receives a call from his former lover Daniel Laverty. The teenage son of Daniel’s friends is the only living victim of a serial killer police are calling the Bughouse Slasher is missing and Nick is hired to find him.

Boystown2: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries is a well written trio of realistic crime stories featuring gay victims. Nick is a former Chicago cop, inspired to leave the police force after it was discovered he is gay. The setting is the gay community in 1980’s Chicago. Intermingled with each crime investigation is an insight into Nick’s personal life. Although not committed, Nick has a seven month informal relationship with Detective Bert Harker. Bert refuses to move in with Nick for fear of losing his retirement. Nick refuses to have an exclusive relationship with Bert until they are living together. Before Nick and Bert can move forward, Daniel and Nick renew their sexual acquaintance. Nick is in a quandary regarding how to explain Daniel to Bert, who seems to have been unavailable for days. Rumors of AIDS are beginning to surface, adding another layer of real fear to the gay populace.

Marshall Thornton has created another intriguing collection, highlighting the sordid side of discrimination. I enjoyed these fascinating stories and look forward to the next installment.

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