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Old 08-06-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Free (Kindle DRM-free) Boystown by Marshall Thornton [Award-Nom 1980s Gay PI Mystery]

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton (Screenwriting Magazine column), a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty mysteries with m/m romantic elements set in 1980s Chicago starring an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI, this installment comprising 3 novella-length crime-solving adventure cases with a side of self-discovery relationship drama, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. NB: this has a cover which may be considered NSFW for some workplaces, due to mild artistic nudity (non-explicit), and apparently you should expect them to have the same level of violence, swearing, and sexual content as any other gritty hard-boiled PI work.

Currently free (and DRM-free) @ Amazon (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else Amazon sells worldwide, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive-or-else program)

We've previously received a short story prequel from an old MLR Press promotion, Little Boy Dead, which has also shown up as a KDP freebie in the past. If you're interested, here's a short interview with the author, which briefly mentions the series.

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Finalist for the Lambda Award in Gay Mystery, Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries takes place in Chicago during the early 1980s. Haunted by his abrupt departure from the Chicago Police Department and the end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty, Nick Nowak is a beat cop-turned-dogged private investigator. In this first book of the best-selling series, Nick works through three cases: a seemingly simple missing persons search, an arson investigation, and a suicide that turns out to be anything but. While working the cases, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships until he meets homicide detective Bert Harker and begins a tentative relationship.

The Boystown Mysteries are 18+ for gay sexual content, language and violence.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:04 PM   #2
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Yikes. That's probably not a safe-for-work book cover.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:57 AM   #3
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I bought the book taking the gamble on the gritty, hard-boiled aspects outweighing the romance aspects. I was at work, so I just blasted past the screen as quickly as I could.

Later, when I got home and fired up Kindle for PC, I was like "What is that and when did I buy it?"

I will say though, the cover doesn't seem any worse than the cover of my old Atlas Shrugged paperback.
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