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Marshall Thornton is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which has been short listed for a Rainbow Award three times and has been a finalist for the Lambda Award for gay mystery twice. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, The Ghost Slept Over and Full Release. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing awards. He has also had plays produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles and stories published in The James White Review and Frontier Magazine.


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Boystown: Three Nick Nowak ...
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Boystown 4: A Time For Secrets
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The Perils of Praline
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Boystown 5: Murder Book
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Occasionally, readers have noted or even complained about the lack of condoms in the Boystown Mystery series. I’m aware that unsafe sex can make readers uncomfortable, but the first five books span the years 1981 through 1982 and the use of condoms would have been anachronistic. Boystown 6: From the Ashes takes place early in 1984 and will introduce condoms toward the end of the book.

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Lucky is Lost (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries (Gay & Lesbian)
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Description: the opening to "Little Boy Found" the first Nick Nowak Mystery.
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Description: A 'cozy' style mystery set in the mid-sixties. Second story in series to be coming out soon.

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The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton
" I loved Mr. Thornton's gritty Boystown series, and was eager to pick up his latest. What a delightful surprise! It's so different in tone and content, but equally beautifully done. The Ghost Slept Over is light, funny, and a quick read. It had me... " Read more of this review »
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" My Favorite Uncle is a terrific read on so many levels - it's funny and witty and very wise, with a lot of heart on top of that. I laughed and i teared up and i was amazed by the understanding permeating this novel, understanding of life and of lo... " Read more of this review »
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So, Carter, if you need to talk about anything, you know, about being gay. If there are things that you don't understand or things that confuse you, you can ask me. Anything. You can ask me anything."
Carter studied him for a moment and asked. "Who's your cell provider?
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" I really liked this book and sincerely enjoyed the combination of humor and depth Thornton uses to engage the reader in this familial, generational tale of personal discovery and rediscovery.

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“Nice people always make me want to do bad things.”
Marshall Thornton, Boystown 3: Two Nick Nowak Novellas

“He'd already identified me as a heathen, and I hoped he wouldn't try to change that.”
Marshall Thornton, Boystown 3: Two Nick Nowak Novellas

“Um…you’re four blocks away. Why can’t you walk?”
“I’m naked.” Sometimes the truth was like a band-aid in need
of removal; one had to get it over with as quickly as possible.
“And I’m sitting in a bougainvillea bush.”
Jason was silent. Even his silence sounded angry. Praline knew
he should have sent a text.”
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“I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”
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“A happy ending was imperative. I shouldn't have bothered to write otherwise. I was determined that in fiction anyway two men should fall in love and remain in it for the ever and ever that fiction allows, and in this sense, Maurice and Alec still roam the greenwood.”
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“So, Carter, if you need to talk about anything, you know, about being gay. If there are things that you don't understand or things that confuse you, you can ask me. Anything. You can ask me anything."
Carter studied him for a moment and asked. "Who's your cell provider?”
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Lena♥Ribka For today, Marshall!



Rosa, really Adding my thanks as well! We're all doing our best to spread the word on Boystown. It's wonderful. Thank you!


Marshall Thornton Sofia wrote: "Thanks for accepting my request Marshall. Am riding your Boystown rollercoaster at the moment. So sometimes I like you very much, other times I think you are devious. But always I admire your writi..."

Thanks for asking...


Marshall Thornton Lena♥Ribka wrote: "I'm sooo happy you have three new trustful fans friends, Marshall! Sofia+Rosa+me! ;)

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:)


Lena♥Ribka I'm sooo happy you have three new trustful fans friends, Marshall! Sofia+Rosa+me! ;)




message 14: by Sofia

Sofia Thanks for accepting my request Marshall. Am riding your Boystown rollercoaster at the moment. So sometimes I like you very much, other times I think you are devious. But always I admire your writing and your ability to transport me into the story and make me care. :D


Marshall Thornton Lena♥Ribka wrote: "Thank you, Marshall, for accepting!

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You're welcome. I tried to send you a thank you on GR email but it failed. Thanks for all the support!


Lena♥Ribka Thank you, Marshall, for accepting!




Marshall Thornton OkayKim wrote: "Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed The Ghost Slept Over. Any chance we'll be hearing any more mischief created by McCormack?
Like to add that I finished listening on audio, the first Bo..."



Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed The Ghost Slept Over and that you've found the Boystown series. I don't have any plans to do a sequel to GSO... but you never know. I am though working on the edit for Boystown 6 and hopefully will have that out in May.


message 10: by OkayKim (last edited Feb 27, 2014 08:50PM)

OkayKim Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed The Ghost Slept Over. Any chance we'll be hearing any more mischief created by McCormack?
Like to add that I finished listening on audio, the first Boystown Mysteries and I'm hooked!
As much as I love mysteries, how in the heck have I managed to miss your work? Lol


Betryal Thanks for the friend accept!


Marshall Thornton Fangtasia wrote: "Congratulations, Marshall, on your novel making it into the Lambda finalists. Very well deserved!"

Thank You!


Fangtasia Congratulations, Marshall, on your novel making it into the Lambda finalists. Very well deserved!


message 6: by Marshall (last edited Feb 03, 2012 07:47PM)

Marshall Thornton David wrote: "Hello Marshall,

It seems you didn't enjoy Anna Karenina all that much. That's a book I've been hoping to read."


It was a tough read... I didn't make it through the entire book. Not a big fan of the Russians I have to admit. Though Tolstoy himself is quite an interesting man.


message 5: by David

David Wallace Fleming Hello Marshall,

It seems you didn't enjoy Anna Karenina all that much. That's a book I've been hoping to read.


Marshall Thornton Indigene wrote: "Marshall, thank you for accepting my friend request. Looking forward to reading your Boystown Mysteries."

Nice to meet you Indigene.


Indie Reviews Marshall, thank you for accepting my friend request. Looking forward to reading your Boystown Mysteries.


Fangtasia Thanks for accepting the friend-vite, Marshall!


Marshall Thornton Melita wrote: "Thank u Marshall for ur friendship here ;-)

Happy writing and reading :-)"


Thanks... :)


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