4.5 Stars, Marshall Thornton, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Self-Published

Review: Desert Run by Marshall Thornton

Title: Desert Run: An Erotic Thriller

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 221 Pages

At a Glance: Fast paced suspense when the action begins.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Palm Springs, 1973. Don Harris is a piano player on the run after killing a Chicago mobster’s son in a bar fight. On the lam, he meets a pretty blonde girl in town for a convention. He lets down his guard and spends the night with her only to discover she’s the younger sister of his best friend all grown-up. Foolishly, she tips her brother off to Don’s location, and he’s on the run again, hoping to find a safe place to land.
Out of money and desperate, Don accidentally walks into a gay bar where he allows a kid named Harlan to pick him up so he’ll have a place to stay. As the mob chases them, Don begins to fall for the kid, putting them both in harm’s way. Harlan has problems of his own, and Don knows he shouldn’t get involved but he can’t help but step in when Harlan gets in trouble. To save himself, Don’s got to save Harlan.


Review: Don Harris has the bad luck of accidentally killing the wrong person, even more bad luck while in hiding from the mob; then, years later, of running across someone from his past life, while working as a piano player. Strangely enough, after Don hooks up with Shelley, she reminds him who she is. Oops! Nothing like finding out you just slept with your best friend’s sister, who later contacts her brother and lets him know who she’s run into during her trip. Another oops again…cover blown! Poor Shelley had no idea what she’d done when the mob finds them both.

But things really start to get interesting when Don finally meets Harlan. Even though Don claims to be straight, he sure doesn’t act like it when he’s around Harlan. Harlan, with all of his flirting, just seems to grow on Don in unexpected ways, and I thought it was kind of sweet how Harlan seemed to calm Don while holding him when he had his nightmares. I liked Harlan because he stayed level headed and didn’t panic during certain situations. And, he didn’t take any BS from Don either.

As with any Marshall Thornton novel, once I actually got into Desert Run, I found I really enjoyed it. The blurb gives a good summary of what goes down in this story—it’s fast paced suspense when the action begins, not to mention the cover is sweet! I give it a recommendation as a good book to pick up and read if you’re into nostalgia, suspense, and a little smex with both sexes on the side.

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4 Stars, Comedy, Marshall Thornton, Reviewed by Kim, Wilde City Press

A Boyfriend May Be The Answer To The Problem In Marshall Thornton’s “My Favorite Uncle”

Title: My Favorite Uncle

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Martin Dixon’s carefully constructed peaceful life is turned upside down.

When his super Christian eighteen year-old nephew Carter shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep and announces that he’s gay, Martin’s first impulse is to send him back to his parents. But when he discovers that Carter has been in a mental hospital to cure his gay-ness, he realizes he’s stuck with the boy. Unfortunately, the two get on each other’s nerves, each driving the other to distraction. Independently, they each arrive at the same conclusion. The other would be much less annoying if he only had…a boyfriend. Continue reading

5 Stars, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim

All The Clues Add Up To A Great Mystery In Marshall Thornton’s “Boystown 6: From the Ashes”

Title: Boystown 6: From the Ashes

Author: Marshall Thornton

Publisher: MLR Press

Pages/Word Count: 194 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The most unlikely person in the world asks Private Investigator Nick Nowak to investigate the oversuspicious death of a priest. It’s winter 1984, Private Investigator Nick Nowak has allowed his life to fall to pieces: he’s stopped taking cases, lost his apartment and works as a bartender at a sleazy bar tucked under the El. All he wants to do is lick his wounds after the death of his lover, Detective Bert Harker. But, when the least likely person in the world shows up and asks him to take a new case he finds himself investigating the very oversuspicious heart attack death of a priest. Nick is convinced he’s wasting his time until the clues begin to add up to. Continue reading

Marshall Thornton, MLR Press

It’s A Murder Book Of Murder – It Even Says So In The Title – Boystown Book 5: Murder Book by Marshall Thornton

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft… When you kill a man, you steal a life. – Khaled Hosseini

Nick Nowak’s lover is sick with AIDS, back in the earliest days of the disease when fear and ignorance had the medical community scrambling to figure out how it was being transmitted and was at a loss as to how stop it, let alone how to treat the patients who seemed sadly destined to succumb to it. Bert Harker was a police detective until he became too ill to fulfill his duties with the CPD, but just because he’d left the force didn’t mean that he’d left behind the instinct or the desire to see justice served in the murders of five young gay men. The Bughouse Slasher is out there, somewhere, and Bert’s got the Murder Book and the will and more than enough desire to hunt him down, even if it’s the last thing he ever does.

It’s 1982 and the police not only have a serial rapist/murderer on their hands, but they’ve also got their hands full trying to solve the Chicago Tylenol murders, a crime with no clues, no suspects, and little hope of ever being resolved, a crime which eventually took seven lives. The CPD’s investigative priorities are overwhelmed by the tainted Tylenol case, relegating the recently low-lying Bughouse Slasher’s crimes firmly on the back burner; until, that is, he strikes again. And this time, for Nick, things get all too personal, and all too real. And thanks to Harker, Nick now has the tools he needs and the clues that will become integral to piecing together a killer’s identity, propelling the private investigator into a hunt for the monster who brought death to Nick’s doorstep.

Nick tells this story in all its raw emotion, drawing the reader in, page by page, exposing his pain and the conflict he experiences when secrets are unearthed and circumstances shift the outcomes of a carefully orchestrated plan, playing them out in a way that wasn’t supposed to be. He is a man who is struggling to achieve some sort of equilibrium in a life that’s been thrown horribly out of balance.

I’m going to be honest; I was just a wee bit concerned about reading this book. It’s the fifth in the series, after all, and not having read the first four novels, I was afraid every piece that’d been added to its foundation in the previous books would be lost on me and would then leave me entering Nick Nowak’s world at a major disadvantage. This installment of the series is most certainly a significant piece in a much larger puzzle in Burt’s life, but trust me when I tell you my worries were quickly laid to rest as I got drawn further and further into this tautly written cat-and-mouse mystery, where the line between who’s the cat and who’s the mouse blurs the link between the serial killer and the man who’s driven to stop him.

If you don’t like the idea of delving into a series mid-stride, then absolutely begin at book one and work your way forward to this one. I can’t speak to those first four books, but let me tell you, I loved this one just fine.

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