Henry Rios is introduced as a troubled public defender battling alcoholism and burnout. While investigating the murder of an old friend, he traces clues back to the man’s own wealthy family. It is here that we first encounter Henry Rios’s struggle to maintain his faith in a legal system caught between justice and corruption, a theme that will continue throughout the series.
“In The Little Death, Nava has established himself as a genuinely gifted writer, one with a special brand of power and integrity.”
“The book has a calm sort of strength, and the homosexual elements are handled with dignity.”
—The New York Times
“This murder mystery about a gay public defender . . . is distinguished by good writing and by skillful adaption of the genre’s traditions.”