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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The anonymous narrator was a North Vietnamese mole in the South Vietnamese army who embeds himself in the exiled South Vietnamese community in the United States. Won the Edgar Award for best first novel. Bad Country by C. Arizona bounty hunter and private detective Rodeo Grace Garnet is hired by an elderly Indian woman whose grandson was murdered. The evocative setting is filled with a rough landscape where undocumented immigrants are crossing the Sonoran Desert.

Nominated in for an Edgar Award for best first novel. Broken Windows by Paul D. A sequel to the Shamus-winning White Heat, Broken Windows is set in during California's Proposition , which was an anti-illegal alien initiative. The Foreigner by Francie Lin. A Taiwanese American financial analyst travels from San Francisco to Taipei to scatter his mother's ashes and re-establish contact with his brother, who inherited the family hotel and is involved with the Taiwanese criminal underworld. Asylum City by Liad Shoham. A look at the immigration policies in Tel Aviv, a destination for asylum seekers from Africa.

The Jasmine Trade by Denise Hamilton. Several years ago, I wrote a feature about gay sleuths for the Sun Sentinel , the newspaper for which I worked for 29 years. The following list is culled from my previous story and a list that author Greg Herre n has been posting on Facebook page and on his blog.

At the end of June, Herren plans to post his entire list. George Baxt —Baxt apparently had the first openly gay male detective to be published by a major publisher, a character named Pharoah Love, who appeared in A Queer Kind of Death in After a string of novels, Love disappeared until he was brought back in 's A Queer Kind of Love after a year hiatus.

The Love series never really caught on. John Copenhaver —his novel Dodging and Burning was one of the top debuts during It is as much a coming-of-age story as it is a coming-out tale. Robert W. Katherine V. Forrest —has written about homicide detective Kate Delafield since Joseph Hansen —remains a touchstone in gay mysteries. His series about Dave Brandstetter debuted with Fadeout in A low-key insurance investigator, Brandstetter was a likable character who approached his work in a professional manner and had relationships with men.

Before his last appearance in 's A Country of Old Men , Brandstetter had attracted a large cross-section of readers. Ellen Hart —her traditional mysteries about lesbian restaurateur Jane Lawless and her smart-mouth best friend, Cordelia Thorn began in Her 30 years of involving stories has earned her myriad awards. She will receive the Lifetime Achievement award from Malice Domestic during the convention. Michael Nava —his novels about attorney Henry Rios took on social issues while delivering solid plots and three-dimensional characters. Carved in Bone , the first new Rios novel is 20 years, will be published during the fall Neil Plakcy —writes two series: Golden Retriever Mysteries about a man whose lifeline is his dog, and the The Mahu Investigations about a gay police detective who lives in Hawaii.

Redmann —is a multiple Lambda winner, whose hard-drinking, hard-luck heroine Micky Knight set the standard for the hardboiled lesbian private eye. Christopher Rice —his suspenseful thrillers have included insightful looks at gay soldiers, coming of age issues and terrorism.

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John Morgan Wilson —became the first openly gay author writing about an openly gay detective to win an Edgar Award for best first novel in with Simple Justice. His character Benjamin Justice was a burned-out, disgraced former reporter turned private detective. Zimmerman —began his career writing two non-gay series and creating mystery jigsaw puzzles until he created a new series with a gay private detective.

Zimmerman, a Lambda Literary Award winner and two-time Edgar nominee, began that series with 's Closet , an award-winning paperback original about TV news reporter Todd Mills. Toggle Navigation. I can even read them now and evaluate them favorably, as though they were the work of a stranger My second career began, I guess it really began with Breakfast at Tiffany's. It involves a different point of view, a different prose style to some degree. Actually, the prose style is an evolvement from one to the other — a pruning and thinning-out to a more subdued, clearer prose.

I don't find it as evocative, in many respects, as the other, or even as original, but it is more difficult to do. But I'm nowhere near reaching what I want to do, where I want to go. Presumably this new book is as close as I'm going to get, at least strategically. The story described the unexplained murder of the Clutter family in rural Holcomb, Kansas , and quoted the local sheriff as saying, "This is apparently the case of a psychopathic killer. Over the course of the next few years, he became acquainted with everyone involved in the investigation and most of the residents of the small town and the area.

Rather than taking notes during interviews, Capote committed conversations to memory and immediately wrote quotes as soon as an interview ended. I spent four years on and off in that part of Western Kansas there during the research for that book and then the film.

What was it like? It was very lonely. And difficult. Although I made a lot of friends there. I had to, otherwise I never could have researched the book properly. The reason was I wanted to make an experiment in journalistic writing, and I was looking for a subject that would have sufficient proportions. I'd already done a great deal of narrative journalistic writing in this experimental vein in the s for The New Yorker But I was looking for something very special that would give me a lot of scope. I had come up with two or three different subjects and each of them for whatever reasons was a dry run after I'd done a lot of work on them.

And it just said, "Kansas Farmer Slain. Family of Four is Slain in Kansas". A little item just about like that.

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And the community was completely nonplussed, and it was this total mystery of how it could have been, and what happened. And I don't know what it was. I think it was that I knew nothing about Kansas or that part of the country or anything.

And I thought, "Well, that will be a fresh perspective for me" And I said, "Well, I'm just going to go out there and just look around and see what this is. Maybe a crime of this kind is It has no publicity around it and yet had some strange ordinariness about it. So I went out there, and I arrived just two days after the Clutters' funeral. The whole thing was a complete mystery and was for two and a half months. Nothing happened. I stayed there and kept researching it and researching it and got very friendly with the various authorities and the detectives on the case.

But I never knew whether it was going to be interesting or not.

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You know, I mean anything could have happened. They could have never caught the killers. Or if they had caught the killers Or maybe they would never have spoken to me or wanted to cooperate with me. But as it so happened, they did catch them. In January, the case was solved, and then I made very close contact with these two boys and saw them very often over the next four years until they were executed. But I never knew Because it was a tremendous effort.

The "nonfiction novel", as Capote labeled it, brought him literary acclaim and became an international bestseller, but Capote would never complete another novel after it.

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A feud between Capote and British arts critic Kenneth Tynan erupted in the pages of The Observer after Tynan's review of In Cold Blood implied that Capote wanted an execution so the book would have an effective ending. Tynan wrote:. We are talking, in the long run, about responsibility; the debt that a writer arguably owes to those who provide him — down to the last autobiographical parentheses — with his subject matter and his livelihood For the first time an influential writer of the front rank has been placed in a position of privileged intimacy with criminals about to die, and — in my view — done less than he might have to save them.

The focus narrows sharply down on priorities: Does the work come first, or does life?

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An attempt to help by supplying new psychiatric testimony might easily have failed: what one misses is any sign that it was ever contemplated. In Cold Blood brought Capote much praise from the literary community, but there were some who questioned certain events as reported in the book. Writing in Esquire in , Phillip K. Tompkins noted factual discrepancies after he traveled to Kansas and spoke to some of the same people interviewed by Capote. In a telephone interview with Tompkins, Mrs.

Meier denied that she heard Perry cry and that she held his hand as described by Capote. In Cold Blood indicates that Meier and Perry became close, yet she told Tompkins she spent little time with Perry and did not talk much with him. Tompkins concluded:.

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Capote has, in short, achieved a work of art. He has told exceedingly well a tale of high terror in his own way. But, despite the brilliance of his self-publicizing efforts, he has made both a tactical and a moral error that will hurt him in the short run. By insisting that "every word" of his book is true he has made himself vulnerable to those readers who are prepared to examine seriously such a sweeping claim.

True crime writer Jack Olsen also commented on the fabrications:. I recognized it as a work of art, but I know fakery when I see it," Olsen says.

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His criticisms were quoted in Esquire , to which Capote replied, "Jack Olsen is just jealous. It made true crime an interesting, successful, commercial genre, but it also began the process of tearing it down. I blew the whistle in my own weak way. I'd only published a couple of books at that time — but since it was such a superbly written book, nobody wanted to hear about it.