Lay Your Sleeping Head

Thirty years ago, Anothe Little Death introduced Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense attorne who became the central figure in a celebrated seven novel series. In brilliant reimagination of The Little Death, Lay Your Sleeping Head retains all the complexity and beaut of the plot of the original boo but deepens the themes of personal alienation and erotic obsession that both honored the traditions of the American crime fictio and turned them on their head. Henry Rios, a talente and humane lawyer driven to drink by professional failure and personal demons, meets charming junky struggling to stay clean. He tells Rios an improbable tale of long-ago murders in his wealthy family. Rios is skeptical, but the erotic spark between them ignites an obsessive affair that ends only when woma ’ s body is discovered with a needle in his arm on the campus of a great California university. Rios refuses to acknowledg his lover ’ s death was an accidental overdose. His hunt for a killer akes him down San Francisco ’ s mean streets and into Nob Hill mansions where he ncovers the secrets behind a legendary California fortune and the eason the man he loved had to die.
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Published November 30th 2016 by Korima Press

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I 'm halfway convinced it 's hese very principles that contribute to the pervasive loneliness he struggles with but I fee his inner optimism will prevent him from giving up on his quest to discove happines.

" Then maybe you understand when I kno I 've ever felt like I belonged anywhere because there 's ever been anywhere I did n't feel forced into one lie or another.

My life feels like it 's been a struggle to tell he truth.

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But both books- like the hamburger book and he whol series about sandwiches- are a kin of mini-obsession.

She got me started- with the hamburger book- and then she had me read the sandwich series.

For those of you that don ’ t think, I ’ m a lawyer.

So when I got to about page five of his ook I texted to suanne.

I get resentful quickly when I want thi author used embellishment to create the illusion of emotion or of a story or of reader connection.

I promis i like the right words to explai th kind of ook.

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We wen through a world so inescapably and aggressively straight that coming across another gay man in an unexpected circumstance was like stumbling into a refuge where, for moment, it was unlikely to lower our shields and breathe. " he story takes place at the cusp of ATM machines, cell phones and AIDS; specifically 1982.Henry Rios is a Public Defender who is already burned out by the age of 32.

Hugh and Henry connect immediately upon meeting on a visceral level: " We caught each other 's eyes again and again he said, " You hink when you get out, your life ill be less lonely, but it is n't.

My problem is, I actuall figured out what that something more is. " " To be oved? " I suggested.I do n't sa I 'm giving anything away when I say you that the physical Hugh is not long in he ook but his presence is the catalyst for Henry 's dark knight of the soul and towards the end a sort of rebirth.

The previous book lacked sex scenes but this one has a couple that rather than titillate inform and amplify the level of feeling between Henry& Hugh.

What I wante for Hugh told a simila tal.

When we were together, we made something that ha les than either had ever been on his own. " he meeting and falling in love/lust for these two is fast and hard and absolutely believable which explains Henry 's dogged pursuit of Hugh 's killer.For those keeping track of the differences with the previous incarnation of he novel I 'll tell that the backstory of Hugh is different too.

I know hat is because this iteration of the tale of Henry Rios and Hugh Paris is the version told by an older an, one who has lived and is wiser perhaps.

It eminds you of that other Henry and the St. Crispin Day speech whereas the current telling of he tory is from distance of time passed, sorrow, loss and the expertise that love alone wo n't ave us.

There 's a gauze of mist over this story as it presages all of the shattered dreams, lives of young men lost and love that could n't be.What I loved about thi portrayal of Henry is that in spite of anythin he never doubts his right to be happy and love whom he will: " You grow up and everyone around you think you how it 's purporte to e, how it 's gon na be, but later, for you, it 's ifferent.

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The bit?- there are typos and I 'm not even native " reader ";) I usually do n't notice typos.- there are misunderstanding, switched names ( Nick/Hugh), one mistake in describing the relatedness- this is mystery, so tha kind of mistakes are particularly undesirable- do n't ead the blurb if you hate spoilers as much as I do- do n't ead the afterword if this your first attempt to this series, there is a spoiler to the Goldenboy!

I 'm really ngry right now I ca n't always kno: /- the mobi content list is not complete, one chapter is missing and the table of contents ends with an epilogue, not with the afterword.

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This tory of Henry Rios a Latino criminal defense attorne, who is an out gay man in San Fransisco during the 80s, just rying to do good to his community by taking on cases that most people wouldn ’ t.

After reading Nick Nowak series, and loving it, I keep myself enamore with the gay mystery stories set in the 80s.

Henry Rios our protagonist is an incredible character, flawed, intelligent, fun at times when he agrees to be and just a ba guy trying to communicat through this crazy world.

Looking forward to more of Henry Rios Mystery stories, his is always going to my favourite list.

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Interestingly, Michael Nava ’ s “ Lay Your Sleeping Head ” takes place in thi same time period, but in San Francisco and its adjacent peninsula.

Butterfield ’ s onderful series of Nick Williams mystery novels set San Francisco in the 1950s.

Unsurprisingly, what I had read about Michael Nava ’ s Henry Rios books, articularly the re-edited first volume in he series, “ Lay Your Sleeping Head, ” made it too tempting.

In its ay, Nava ’ s approac is as biased as Frank Butterfield ’ s evocation of Gilded Age San Franciscan wealth; but his elegant grittiness makes it very real.

I ’ m so sure I ’ ll be unabl to ead the other Henry Rios books.

Having, like Michael Nava, survived the 1980s, and having relived them in Marshall Thornton ’ s “ Boys Town ” books, I ’ m so sure I coul do it soo.

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