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 between Henry and Josh faces wrenching developments.
“Nava’s mysteries are faithful to the conventions of the genre, but they are set apart by their insight, compassion and sense of social justice . . . . How Town is Nava’s bravest and most ambitious novel to date.”
—Los Angeles Times