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Nov 15 2016 4:30pm

The Gay Detective: Homosexuality in Crime Fiction

Read this exclusive guest post from Neil S. Plakcy about the history of homosexuality in crime fiction, and then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of The Next One Will Kill You!

Before I wrote my first mystery, I read Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Erle Stanley Gardner. And before I wrote my first mystery featuring a gay detective, I read Joseph Hansen, Michael Nava, Mark Zubro, and Nathan Aldyne.

Just as Christie, Sayers, and Gardner were among the pioneers of the contemporary mystery, Hansen, Nava, Zubro, and Aldyne were the leaders in incorporating gay characters into crime fiction. Their books opened doors into gay culture at a time when homosexuality was considered a psychiatric disorder and a sure way to break a mother’s heart.

These detectives were able to penetrate closed groups, to empathize with those who were suffering, and to protect those who were unable to present their true selves to society. They had unique insights not available to straight cops (at least not at the time) and often used unorthodox means to bring justice to the afflicted.

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Nov 14 2016 11:00am

The Next One Will Kill You: New Excerpt

Neil S. Plakcy

The Next One Will Kill You by Neil S. PlakcyThe Next One Will Kill You by Neil S. Plakcy is the 1st book in the Angus Green series (Available November 15, 2016).

If Angus Green is going to make it to a second case, he’s needs to survive the first one.

Angus wants more adventure than a boring accounting job, so after graduating with his master’s degree he signs up with the FBI. He’s assigned to the Miami field office, where the caseload includes smugglers, drug runners, and gangs, but he starts out stuck behind a desk, an accountant with a badge and gun.

Struggling to raise money for his little brother’s college tuition, he enters a strip trivia contest at a local bar. But when he’s caught with his pants down by a couple of fellow agents, he worries that his extracurricular activities and his status as the only openly gay agent will crash his career. Instead, to his surprise, he’s added to an anti-terrorism task force and directed to find a missing informant.

It’s his first real case: a desperate chase to catch a gang of criminals with their tentacles in everything from medical fraud to drugs to jewel theft. With every corner in this case—from Fort Lauderdale’s gay bars to the morgue—turning to mayhem, Angus quickly learns that the only way to face a challenge is to assume that he'll survive this one—it’s the next one that will kill him.

Chapter 14- Mardi Gras Beads (pg 166)

Chris walked the team through the basics of White Persian. “Overnight we got confirmation from the legat in Tallinn that this company, Textiil, is connected to a drug manufacturing operation there.”

The FBI had legal attachés, or legats, in various countries around the world. And from all that time spent poring over maps with my dad, I knew that Tallinn was the capital of Estonia. Thanks, Dad.

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