Three Nick Nowak Mysteries (Boystown #1)

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Title: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries (Boystown #1)
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Torquere Press
Release Date: November 2009
Genre(s): Gay Mystery, Historical, AIDS, the 1980s
Page Count: 144
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder. When he isn’t detecting, and sometimes when he is, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships. But his long suppressed romantic side surfaces when he meets Detective Bert Harker. Will he give love another chance? Or, will he continue to bury himself in the arms of strangers?


I am sooooooo in love with the plot, with the main character Nick Nowak, with the refreshing amazing writing of Marshall Thornton!
I am soooo happy I found this author!
Thanks GOD, you heard me.

I’ve read a lot of cop’s romances last time, about closet cops, outed cops, cops living and working in the past, present or set in a fantasy world. I am sucker for this kind of stories. Because mostly you get not only an exciting romance but also a thrilling plot. A good mixture, I like it this way. But all these books have a lot of similarities, a typical schema. Boystown stands out from them.

It is NOT a typical candy suspense romance.
And Nick Nowak is not a typical detective. The whole book is written in 1-st person. If an author can do it, it is my favourite way of telling. And Marshall Thornton is an excellent first-person-POV’s teller. His writing is FANTASTIC!! Witty, refreshing, intense, a brilliant mixture of sex and suspense.

The series takes place in Chicago in the early 80s, the pre-AIDS wild time. And the first book includes 3 parts, 3 cases-

    Little Boy Found.
    Little Boy Burned.
    Little boy Fallen.

-that per se are not connected but we meet some already known characters.

Not a typical plot structure, but it is an interesting and a perfect way to show Nick in different situations. Because….HE IS the main attraction here, he is the main figure of the series, everything revolves around him. Nick is a lone wolf, an ex-cop and now a private investigator, a testosterone cannon. He is not in love. He doesn’t want to fall in love. And there is a reason for it.

I love EVERYTHING about this book. And I am so happy that there are further 4 installments for this series, because right now I can’t have enough of it and I am hooked. Yeah, I want more!!!

Highly highly recommended!!!!

Boystown Mysteries Series

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.