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Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book

Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...>
 

Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE

A Henry Rios Novel

Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.

Eliot
 

Michael,

Congrats on the new book. It sounds like a great story!!!

Eliot
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Subject: [Queercrimewriters] Great Kirkus Review of my forthcoming book
 
Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE

A Henry Rios Novel

Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.

Dharma Kelleher
 

That’s awesome, Michael. Well done!

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Jul 12, 2019, at 5:09 PM, Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...> wrote:

Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE
A Henry Rios Novel
Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.


Brenda Buchanan
 

Congratulations on this terrific review and on publication of Carved in Bone, Michael.  As a longtime fan of Henry Rios, I look forward to reading it.

Brenda

Stefani Deoul
 

I echo everyone's congrats (perhaps even with a tinge of envy in my typing fingers :)). It's pretty fabulous - particularly loving  the "this tale offers refreshing emotional depth..." Awesome!

Tanen
 

Congratulations, amazing review!


On Monday, July 15, 2019, Stefani Deoul <stefanideoul@...> wrote:
I echo everyone's congrats (perhaps even with a tinge of envy in my typing fingers :)). It's pretty fabulous - particularly loving  the "this tale offers refreshing emotional depth..." Awesome!

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Congratulations. Great review, Michael.

Catherine Maiorisi

On Jul 12, 2019, at 8:09 PM, Michael Nava <michaelangelnava@...> wrote:

Yesterday, I got my first pre-publication review of Carved in Bone, pub date October 1, from Kirkus Review. The pull quote: "Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers. " Here's the rest.

TITLE INFORMATION

CARVED IN BONE
A Henry Rios Novel
Michael Nava

Persigo Press (366 pp.) ISBN: 978-1-73360-910-4

BOOK REVIEW

An intrepid lawyer returns in this latest installment of a mystery series centering on gay characters and themes.

In 1971, Bill Ryan, an 18-year-old in a small town in Illinois, is just beginning to explore and contemplate his sexuality. In a familiar gay narrative, Bill is caught experimenting with another boy and subsequently disowned by his family. He finds himself on a bus to San Francisco with just a bag and a few hundred dollars. Nava (Street People, 2017, etc.) then brings the action 13 years into the future to San Francisco, where attorney Henry Rios, the protagonist of several of the author’s previous novels, has left rehab and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. But the dark shadow of AIDS has already cast itself over the city and Rios’ recovery. Wanting to make more money than he can bring in with his struggling criminal defense practice, Rios takes a job as an insurance investigator. His first case is the death of a local gay man who died from a gas leak in his apartment, and that individual is none other than the successful adult Bill became. Rios tries to track down the victim’s missing lover, Nick Trejo, only to discover disturbing evidence that Bill’s death might not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the novel shifts back and forth in time, showing readers how Bill finally found his way and how Rios struggles to discover where it all eventually went wrong. The main mystery driving Nava’s latest work may be of little interest to true thriller lovers—the twists and final revelations are much more tragic than suspenseful. But the book is expertly constructed to give a unique perspective on rare subjects for the genre: the AIDS crisis and the complexities of gay relationships. As readers watch young Bill wake up to the realities of his sexuality, Rios simultaneously reevaluates his own choices in light of what that man eventually became. The author offers a kaleidoscopic view of shame, greed, and the pervasive dread of an epidemic.

Delivering an unusual subject and structure, this tale offers refreshing emotional depth and a gay narrative seldom seen in thrillers.


The Blood Runs Cold 
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Meredith
 

Awesome, Michael!!  I look forward to reading it!