Michael Nava is Back!

I want to take a moment and speak to all of you about this author and his writing. Michael Nava is one of the foundational writers in the genre and his Henry Rios novels paved the way for so many authors. He laid the groundwork…solid, fantastic writing… and opened doors, hearts and bookshelves for everyone who followed. I consider him to be as much of an influence and inspiration on so many levels as the alphabet itself.
He is returning to the Henry Rios series and introducting a re-imagining of the first book, retitling it Lay Your Sleeping Head.
I cannot express how critically important this series…hell, ALL of his writing is. On so many levels. I urge you to please consider grabbing it…either in pre-order with a signature or as an ebook. I am so damned excited to see Nava, a master wordsmith, back at the forge again.

4629878322_329x504Lay Your Sleeping Head
by Michael Nava
Pre-order and receive an autographed copy.
I will be providing additional links as they become available

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 reimagination of The Little Death, Lay Your Sleeping Head retains all the complexity and elegance of the plot of the original novel but deepens the themes of personal alienation and erotic obsession that both honored the traditions of the American crime novel and turned them on their head.

Henry Rios, a gifted and humane lawyer driven to drink by professional failure and personal demons, meets a charming junky struggling to stay clean. He tells Rios an improbable tale of long-ago murders in his wealthy family. Rios is skeptical, but the erotic spark between them ignites an obsessive affair that ends only when the man’s body is discovered with a needle in his arm on the campus of a great California university.

Rios refuses to believe his lover’s death was an accidental overdose. His hunt for the killer takes him down San Francisco’s mean streets and into Nob Hill mansions where he uncovers the secrets behind a legendary California fortune and the reason the man he loved had to die.

4628783889_295x340MICHAEL NAVA is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios which won six Lambda Literary Awards.  In 2000, he was awarded the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT literature.  The New York Times review of the last Rios novel called him “one of our best.” His most recent novel, The City of Palaces, was published in 2014 by the University of Wisconsin Press.  The City of Palaces was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for best gay novel and was awarded the 2014 International Latino Literary Award for best novel. His new novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, a reimagining of the first Henry Rios novel published 30 years ago, will appear in fall 2016 from Kórima Press.

2 thoughts on “Michael Nava is Back!

  1. Stan Errington

    My library keeps expanding, thanks to you Rhys as you have introduced me to so many brilliant authors. I actually have you to thank as I hadn’t read in eons until I came across Dirty Kiss a few years ago, and ever since then have been hooked on your books, so thank you for re-acquainting me with the joys of reading

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