Title: Night Drop (A Pinx Video Mystery #1)
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Kenmore Books
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery
Page Count: 201
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty and LenaR
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.
Night Drop is a departure from the gritty heartbreak of Thornton’s extraordinary Boystown Mysteries, set in Chicago at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. This first book in the Pinx Video Mysteries series is set in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles at the start of the riots in 1992 in response to the Rodney King trial. We meet 28-year-old Noah Valentine, the owner of Pinx Video:
At twenty-five, I was a businessman, a homeowner and a devoted partner. Life was perfect. For about a year.
At times I felt like a ghost. I think I hadn’t had enough time to become myself before I met Jeffer, and then I was part of Noah and Jeffer, Jeffer and Noah. We went to a party once and I overheard someone saying about me, “It’s like he has no personality when Jeffer leaves the room.” It was a cruel thing to say, mostly because it felt true.
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Marshall Thornton is known for the Lambda Award-winning Boystown Mysteries. His comedic novels include The Ghost Slept Over, My Favorite Uncle and the Lambda Finalist for Gay Romance, Femme. Marshall holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and has had plays produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles and stories published in The James White Review and Frontier Magazine.Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads Pinterest
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