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The Mask of Narcissus
As Mike Manning grieves over the heroic death of his lover, NY police officer Ken Farley, he gets a call from socialite Mildred Hamilton who confesses to killing her husband and his girlfriend. Drawn into a double murder on a snowy New Year's Eve takes Mike from a Fifth Avenue penthouse to a gay strip bar, a ride on a corporate jet and, finally, to two humpy preppies who d ...more
ebook, 265 pages
Published November 2011 by MLR
(first published 1987)
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3.5 stars. Good gay mystery (originally published in 1987) about a successful society reporter still trying to recover from the suicide of his lover, a closeted cop, the previous year. When he tries to figure out the truth behind why one of his good friends murders her husband and his young girlfriend, he slowly realizes that nothing is quite what it seems. Unfortunately, I found the title to be something of a spoiler for the mystery.
A good read, and the world always needs more gay mysteries. At times you can really sense the story's age (1987) but the societal norms and issues of the time are poignant even today, serving as a reminder that as far as we've come, there is still a ways to go. Our intrepid reporter is everything I love about a good old gossip columnist. Like many mystery novels, this is difficult to discuss without spoiling the story (the title itself is a red flag) but I can say it was a quick, fun ride.