Lay Your Sleeping Head


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.



The Henry Rios Novels

  • The Little Death (1986)
  • Goldenboy (1988)
  • Howtown (1990)
  • The Hidden Law (1992)
  • The Death of Friends (1996)
  • The Burning Plain (1998)
  • Rag and Bone (2000)
  • Lay Your Sleeping Head (2016)
  • Street People (2017)


The Children of Eve Novels

  • The City of Palaces 


Short Stories

  • “Street People“ in Finale: Short Stories of Mystery and Suspense (ed., Michael Nava ) (1989)
  • “Grief“  in Certain Voices (ed. Darryl Pilcher) (1991)




  • Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (with Robert Dawidoff) (1994)


  • “Gardenland” in Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong (ed. John Preston) (1991)
  • “Abuelo” in A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families (ed. John Preston)(1994)
  • “Coming Out and Born Again” in Wrestling With the Angel: Faith and Religion in the Lives of Gay Men (ed. Brian Bouldrey) (1995)
  • “The Marriage of Michael and Bill” in Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create (ed. Michael Lowenthal) (1996)
  • “Boys Like Us” in Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (ed. Patrick Merla) ( 1997)
  • “Charity” in Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories (ed. Esmeralda Santiago) (1998)
  •  “A Diamonds Is Forever “  in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (eds. Katherine V. Forrest, James Van Buskirk)  (2007)



  • “Sixteen Poems” in The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry and Drama (ed. Stephanie Fetta) (2008)


About Michael Nava (Selected Bibliography)

    • “Michael Nava” in Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by George Klawitter (ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson) (1993)
    • “Michael Nava” in Gay and Lesbian Characters and Themes in Mystery Novels by Anthony Slide (1993)
    • “Sexuality Degree Zero: Pleasure and Power in the Novels of John Rechy, Arturo Islas and Michael Nava” in Critical Essays: Gay and Lesbian Writers of Color by Ricardo L. Ortiz (ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson) (1993)
    • “Michael Nava” in Something Inside: Conversation With Gay Fiction Writers by Philip Gambone (1999)
    • “Michael Nava” in Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicano/a Identity by Ralph Rodriguez (2005)
    • “Michael Nava” in Chicano Detective Fiction: A Critical Study of Five Novelists by Susan Baker Sotelo (2005)
    • “Michael Nava” in Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations With Writers and Artists by Frederick Aldama (2006)
    • “A Gay Mystery Writer Who Chronicles the Aftermath of AIDS” in the New Yorker by Garth Greenwell (9/11/2015)

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