Lay Your Sleeping Head

Available Now from Kórima Press Read an Excerpt Thirty years ago, The Little Death introduced Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer who became the central figure in a celebrated seven novel series. In a brilliant re-imagination of The Little Death, Lay Your Sleeping Head retains all the complexity and elegance of the plot of the original novel but deepens...

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The City of Palaces

In the decades before the Revolution, Mexico was governed by a tiny elite that aped European culture, grew rich from European and American investment, and prized racial – meaning white – purity.  Meanwhile, the vast majority of Mexicans, who were Indian or mestizo – of mixed Indian and Spanish blood – were politically disenfranchised and increasingly...

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Rag and Bone

One of the most highly acclaimed writers in the mystery genre “explores new emotional depths” in this last Henry Rios novel. The gay Mexican-American attorney, after the loss of his lover, must face his own mortality while recovering from a heart attack-and reach out to a family he didn’t know he had. “For more years than we’ve noticed, Michael Nava...

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The Burning Plain

Still devastated by the death of Josh, Henry nonetheless falls for a young actor he successfully defended against burglary charges. When the young man is murdered after leaving Henry’s house, Henry finds himself the target of a murder investigation. But the murders don’t stop, and with his life in desperate danger, Henry follows the trail of evidence, ever upward to...

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The Death of Friends

Chris Chandler, a closeted Los Angeles judge and an old friend of Henry’s, has been murdered. The investigation is focused on Chris’s younger lover, Zack, who turns to Henry for help. Devastated by his friend’s death and traumatized by his own lover Josh’s rapid descent towards death from AIDS, Henry isn’t sure he wants to know what his investigation will...

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The Hidden Law

Henry explores his Mexican-American roots as he defends a young Latino accused of murdering a rising Latino politician. A strong emotional connection with both the victim and his accused killer results in a deepening internal conflict for Henry as he battles L.A.’s corrupt political machine and faces Josh’s impending death from AIDS. “The Hidden Law is a beautifully...

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Howtown

Henry has relocated to Los Angeles, where he now lives with Josh, who has been diagnosed HIV-positive. The mystery involves Henry’s defense of a child molester accused of murdering a child pornographer. Henry returns to his home town.  It is in Howtown that the series becomes deeply entrenched in the cultural and social conflicts of Los Angeles, and the relationship...

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Goldenboy

By the beginning of Goldenboy, Henry has become sober, finding spirituality in his recovery while becoming further engaged in gay activism. He decides to assist a Los Angeles attorney who is dying of AIDS with the defense of a young gay man on trial for killing a coworker who threatened to out him. Goldenboy probes explosive themes of homophobia and exploitation within...

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