Nineteen-year-old Jake Margate has had terminal leukemia for five years and is ready to let go but his mother has other ideas. She’s found a rogue doctor pursuing radical treatments and takes her son to a remote institute where he does seem to get better…at first. But then the treatment begins to fail in strange ways just as Jake begins to fall for another of the test subjects. Slowly, he realizes he’s been turned into something truly horrible. Two-time Lambda Literary Award-winning author Thornton has written a contemporary queer twist on the Frankenstein monster story.
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In February 1985, Nick struggles to recover from a gunshot wound, while taking on the case of a disturbed woman who may or may not have witnessed a murder. As he attempts to determine exactly what the woman saw, and how much danger she may be in, he juggles the approaching DeCarlo trial, an ill Mrs. Harker and the sexually precious Terry. Valentine’s Day with boyfriend Joseph produces some big changes in their relationship. Life is changing, but there’s no guarantee it’s for the better.
Praise for the Boystown Mysteries
“Boystown, the series, is a vivid work of literary fiction. Brilliant in execution, alive with hope, fear, pathos, and despair, it also possesses a wry sense of humor that not only lightens the mood but also acts to highlight the absurdities of social conventions. Thornton pulls no punches. You will laugh, you will cry and you will scream at Nick to get a clue. When he does, though, it’s best not to relax your guard.” — Dianne – GGR Reviews
“…what I’ve enjoyed about all the novels in the Boystown series: although Nick Nowak was the voice in all of the novels, you will sense the author within every word, on stage and intense. If the previous statement does not reflect my appreciation of the author’s writing skills, try this: Bravo, Marshall Thornton!” — Asabat, Hearts on Fire Reviews
Night Drop: A Pinx Video Mystery has won the Lambda Award in Gay Mystery. Not only is this Marshall’s second Lambda Award, it makes him the first person to win lammies for more than one series. Keep an eye out for this week’s Amazon sale on his first Lambda winner Boystown 7: Bloodlines. You can get Night Drop here!
“Truly fabulous book. I love murder mysteries and this was one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down.” — Becca, Lovebytes
“The murder/mystery plot unfolds beautifully as Noah and his neighbors Marc and Louis plus their friend Leon uncover possible police corruption and hints of blackmail; the story kept my interest every page of the way.” — CrabbyPatty, Gay Book Reviews
“This excellently-crafted mystery has more twists and turns than a bag of curly fries.” Jim, Jim’s Reading Room
“It’s beautifully written, the story is timely given our current political climate, and the characters memorable and deeply moving. I can’t wait to see where the author takes this series next.” — Melanie, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
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“The pre-AIDS haze of casual sex evoked by the books is destined to come to an end, as the reader knows, and Thornton, knowing that we know it, integrates the start of the AIDS crisis into his stories as smoothly as the hot scenes of sex between Nowak and his hookups. This is compelling stuff on two levels, both as detective stories and as dramatic literature.” —Kilian Melloy, Edge Magazine
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Lionel and Dog are back in this follow-up to the Lambda finalist, Femme. Almost six months have passed and, after taking an online quiz, Lionel believes their relationship is doomed because they have nothing in common. To save their future together, the pair joins a gay bowling league and discovers that Lionel is an excellent, if somewhat eccentric, bowler.
Meanwhile, Dog gets profiled in a work newsletter. He’s excited that he’s out at work, but doesn’t immediately realize that by fawning over Dog’s masculine nature the writer was also putting down all femme guys. Lionel takes it personally, which leads to a crisis in their relationship. Attempting to make it up to Lionel, Dog makes a grand gesture—which backfires spectacularly.
Will the two manage to put things right? And will a night in jail, a morning of drag bingo, an afternoon of day drinking, and a month of moping make things better or worse?
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Both Boytown 10: Gifts Given and Night Drop are finalists for the 2017 Lambda Award in Gay Mystery! It’s such an honor to have both of my mystery series chosen. We’ll find out June 4th if one of them wins.
When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn’t expecting…the ghost of his ex! And, worse, the ghost wants Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?