Featured Book: ‘Pretty Boy Dead’ by Jon Michaelsen

PrettyBoyDead_cvr_highresI recently had the pleasure of meeting author Jon Michaelsen (online, as is often the case these days). I love meeting other authors, and interviewing quite a few of them as well. And it’s especially nice to get to know a fellow mystery writer! Jon describes himself as “an author of fiction in mystery, suspense/thriller, and speculative genres where main characters happen to be gay.”

His most recent book, Pretty Boy Dead, is part of his Kendall Parker Mysteries series and a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in the Gay Mystery category. It’s also our Featured Book!

From the book’s Amazon description:

A murdered male stripper. A missing go-go dancer. A city councilman on the hook. Can Atlanta homicide detective Sergeant Kendall Parker solve the heinous crime and remain safely behind the closet door?

When the body of a young man is found in a popular midtown park, police and local media are quick to pin the brutal killing on a homeless gay kid with AIDS. But homicide detective Sgt. Kendall Parker isn’t so convinced, even when the suspect is accused of assaulting another police detective with a deadly weapon.

City leaders want the murder solved yesterday and jump at the chance to pin the crime on the drug-craving teen. It’s an election year, so remaining in office is their top priority, even at the sacrifice of the young man. Sgt. Parker is not persuaded and is determined to prove Hopper’s innocence, despite the protest of his colleagues, and threatening the deep secret Parker has carefully hidden from his comrades for years.