Welcome to my tour stop for Carved in Bone by Michael Nava. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think.
A new mystery by six-time Lambda Literary award winner, Michael Nava. Set in San Francisco in 1984, Henry Rios, a gay criminal defense lawyer, is fresh out of rehab and trying to put his life back together. He’s hired by an insurance company to investigate the apparently accidental death by carbon monoxide poisoning of Bill Ryan in the Castro Street apartment he shared with his lover, who survived. As he delves into Bill Ryan’s life, Rios becomes convinced Ryan’s death was no accident, and that his young lover is implicated. Meanwhile, the tsunami of AIDS is bearing down on San Francisco’s gay community.
Carved in Bone is book 8 in Michael Nava’s Henry Rios Mysteries, but I read it as a standalone. It was fine reading it this way, though now I want to go back and read the rest of the series. Anxiety, loneliness and fear, this book had me feeling all the emotions.
The story is set in 1971, where we are introduced to eighteen-year-old Bill Ryan. He is immediately relatable and I felt an immediate connection with the character. Michael Nava succeeds in creating that emotional bond with the characters that I am always looking for. Bill’s story continues to tug at the heart strings, and I was definitely taken on an emotional rollercoaster.
The mystery itself is incredibly well done. The twists and turns that are written here threw me for a loop. Coupled with the emotional themes, this book is super appealing to me in so many ways.
I really enjoyed Carved in Bone. A legal, mystery, thriller with a lot of emotional turmoil packed in. I recommend checking this one out!
Michael Nava is the six-time Lambda Literary Award author of the Henry Rios novels and recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBTQ Literature. The New York Times praised him as “one of our best” crime fiction writers. The New Yorker called Henry Rios “a detective unlike any other previous protagonist in American noir.” Carved In Bone is the first Henry Rios novel in 20 years. Says novelist David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) Carved In Bone is “rich, haunting and deeply engaged with the world.”
Podcast: The Henry Rios Mysteries Podcast (I-tune, Spotify, etc.)
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