“Michael Nava is America’s finest gay mystery writer.” — Anthony Slide, Gay and Lesbian Characters and Themes in Mystery Novels: A Critical Guide
Welcome to my website!
I am the author of a series of crime fiction novels featuring a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer named Henry Rios, as well as other books, and the founder of Persigo Press.
I also produced the Henry Rios Mysteries Podcast which dramatizes the first novel in the series and is available on this website as well as on I-Tunes, Spotify and other podcast platforms.
Currently Available Books
Carved in Bone: A Henry Rios Novel (Henry Rios Mystery Series)
November 1984. Criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios, fresh out of rehab and picking up the pieces of his life, reluctantly accepts work as an insurance claims investigator and is immediately is assigned to investigate the apparently accidental death of Bill Ryan. Ryan, part of the great gay migration into San Francisco in the 1970s, has died in his flat of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty gas line, his young lover barely surviving. Rios’s investigation into Ryan’s death–which Rios becomes convinced was no accident–tracks Ryan’s life from his arrival in San Francisco as a terrified 18-year-old to his transformation into a successful businessman. What begins for Rios as the search for the truth about Bill Ryan’s death becomes the search for the meaning of Ryan’s life as the tsunami of AIDS bears down on the gay community.
Carved in Bone, A Henry Rios Mystery by Michael Nava. Set in San Francisco in 1984, Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer, fresh out of rehab is trying to put his personal and professional lives together as the tsunami of AIDS crashes down on the gay community.
Carved in Bone: Promotional Video
Carved in Bone: Reviews
- KT Robson Review
- BertyBoy123 Review
- Reading Girl Review
- Nessie’s Place Review
- Joyful Antidotes Review
- The BOLO Book Review
- The Novel Approach Review
- Ellesea Loves Reading Review
- Babydolls and Razorblades Review
Lay Your Sleeping Head
In the first novel in the Henry Rios series, Rios a burned-out criminal defense lawyer becomes involved with Hugh Paris, the black sheep son of a legendary California family with devastating consequences.