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?
“The writing is superb, the characters beyond memorable, the mysteries complicated and entertaining, and the stories themselves have staying power, an emotional heft that carries far beyond those little words The End.” — Melanie M, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
“Well, the fun has begun again and I gotta say…..I hope there is a 3rd lol. I’m so enjoying these mysteries. It’s so comical to see what kind of mess Noah and his neighbors get into. Sometimes it’s not a good thing, but they still can make it fun. I definitely recommend this book and if you haven’t read the first one…go get it first! They are a blast to read!” Becca, Lovebytes
“Hidden Treasures is very well written with engaging characters and interesting plot. But what’s more is that they have the feel of a cozy mystery but with a hefty dose of reality of it. They are incredibly atmospheric, they will take you back to the early 90’s and everything that entails. You feel that atmosphere, almost taste it. Hidden among these pages is a tiny piece of time machine taking you back to the 90’s, a place where you might just get asked if you want lube with your video rentals.” Annika, Boy Meets Boy
“I highly recommend Hidden Treasures, can’t wait for the next book, and hope Pinx Video Mystery series will have at least as many books as Thornton’s fabulous Boystown Mysteries series! 4.5 stars.” Crabby Patty, Gay Book Reviews
In the tenth installment of the award-winning Boystown Mysteries, it’s Christmas 1984. Nick is busy juggling a couple of cases in the midst of the bustling holiday season. Sugar Pilson has decided to marry and has asked Nick to check up on her fiancé. Meanwhile, he’s hired to investigate a shady financial planner at Peterson-Palmer. When the two cases start to have too much in common, Nick searches for the link—only to discover that the link might be him.
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It’s 1992 and Los Angeles is burning. Noah Valentine, the owner of Pinx Video in Silver Lake, notices the fires have taken their toll on fellow shopkeeper Guy Peterson’s camera shop. After the riots end, he decides to stop by Guy’s to pick up his overdue videos, only to find Guy’s family dividing up his belongings. He died in the camera store fire—or did he? Noah and his charmingly meddlesome downstairs neighbors begin to suspect something else might have happened to Guy Peterson. Something truly sinister.
The first in a new series from Lambda Award-winner Marshall Thornton, Night Drop strikes a lighter tone than the Boystown Mysteries, while bringing Silver Lake of the early 1990s to life.
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Aunt Belle’s Time Travel & Collectibles
Where would you go if you could travel to any part of your past? That’s the question Terrance faces on his 45th birthday—and right away, he knows. He wants to go back to 1992 and not meet Mr. Wrong. But what begins as a journey to change the past becomes a trip to find the future. From the writer of Femme comes a story of best friends, time travel and falling in love.
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