Posted: November 22, 2013 in gay
Set in Chicago during the early 1980s, the Boystown series follows private Investigator Nick Nowak as he works challenging cases and grapples with an even more challenging personal life.
In Little Boy Boom, Nick’s car explodes when a thief attempts to steal it. Realizing the bomb was meant for him, Nick sets out to discover who wants him dead only to find that the list of possible suspects is longer than he’d like. When he begins to run out of suspects he wonders if the bomb was truly meant for him.
Little Boy Tenor finds Nick investigating the murderer of a church choir’s star tenor, while at the same time his friend Ross asks him to discover the truth behind his lover, Earl Silver’s mysterious death. As he juggles the two cases, he becomes increasingly disturbed by what he learns.
“Fans of hard-boiled PI mystery stories, with a goodly dose of sex and violence thrown in, won’t go far wrong…” British Bulldog, Rainbow Reviews
“Nick has fast become a favorite character and we will all be anxiously awaiting the next set of tales in the life and times of Nick Nowak. Marshall Thornton has a winner with Nick Nowak.” Sensual Reads
The Boystown series can be purchased directly at torquerebooks.com, or at Amazon.com, Fictionwise.com, and other fine locations online.
Honorable Mention 2011 Rainbow Awards – Mystery/Thriller
Posted: October 28, 2013 in Fiction, gay
Tags: funny, gay fiction, gay humor
When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn’t expecting…the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?
“A highly entertaining tale of the ex who wouldn’t leave, with a hilarious cast of characters you won’t soon forget.” Eden Winters, author of Diversion.
Expected release January 17th, 2014!
Posted: September 10, 2013 in gay
In the second Boystown collection, Chicago private investigator Nick Nowak finds himself involved with a young man who murdered his stepfather but refuses to assist in his own defense, hired to find the murderer of a dead porno star, and, in a case that traps him between the two men he loves, searching for a serial killer’s only living victim. Set in the second half of 1981, Nick juggles his deepening relationship with Detective Bert Harker with the return of his ex, Daniel Laverty. Which man will he choose? And will he be able to?
From Miz Love Reviews, “Our gorgeous slut is back in Boystown 2, another great book from Marshall Thornton. The voice is just as dreamy as in book 1, with quick wit and a fantastic peek into Nick’s inner psyche that had me laughing, nodding, and relating in many ways. I love the honesty from this guy, where he says what many of us are thinking.”
From Jenre at Three Dollar Bill Reviews, “Overall, I thought this book was an engrossing read which contained a very flawed hero. I may not have liked Nick at times, but he was certainly compelling enough as a character to keep me reading the book. Those who are looking for a set of downbeat, hard-boiled mysteries or those who read and liked Boystown 1 will really like this book. I did and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.”
Posted: July 24, 2013 in gay
The first book in the Lambda Award nominated mystery series will soon be available on audio. A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship withA former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early 80s, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder.When he isn’t detecting, and sometimes when he is, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships. But his long suppressed romantic side surfaces when he meets Detective Bert Harker. Will he give love another chance? Or, will he continue to bury himself in the arms of strangers?
From Miz Love Reviews “I adored the voice in Boystown. It’s 1st person—some people are born to write it, Marshall Thornton being one of them, in my opinion—and carries you along through Nick’s world and current case. There are three cases in this book, all wonderful, all equally interesting, and I couldn’t put the damn book down.”
From Dark Divas “…In brief, Marshall Thornton’s Boystown is an extremely satisfying read: it’s gritty with a strong lead and a lot of subtle character development accompanied by great sex scenes. But it’s mostly the eighties detective work that is the most appealing: Nowak has some luck and his guts and not much else, and it’s that which makes the reader root for him something fierce.”
Rated 4 Delightful Divas by Kris!
Available at Amazon, Audible and the Apple iTunes store August 2014.
Posted: March 28, 2013 in Fiction, gay
In the fifth book of the award-winning Boystown mystery series, it’s fall 1982 and Chicago is gripped by panic after five people die from poisoned Tylenol capsules. Amid the chaos, the Bughouse Slasher takes his eighth victim, this time striking close to private investigator Nick Nowak. With the Chicago Police Department stretched to its limit, Nick takes matters into his own hands. But what will he do with the Bughouse Slasher once he finds him?
“Thornton’s crisp, terse style and smart, cynical observations make for a refreshing change in the current crop of tough guys and private eyes.” — Josh Lanyon, author Adrien English Mysteries
“The character of Nick Nowak is strongly developed, the story being told from his perspective as he reasons through all the data
he has and moves the case forward. And the manner in which he comes to realize what Harker was doing — and why — is dramatic and very effective storytelling. Overall, Murder Book works well as a period crime novel…” –Mysterious Reviews
Posted: July 1, 2012 in Fiction, gay
A Chicago art director in his early thirties returns to his tiny Upstate New York hometown to spend the holiday with his recently widowed father only to find himself involved with his boyhood crush, now a closeted sheriff’s deputy. It’s sentimental and sexy, with a bit of mystery stirred in.
From Rainbow Reviews, “The Christmas Visit is a compelling, strongly-written, realistic short story of love lost and found. Beautifully woven, the mystery of Travis’ marriage plus the long-held attractions make for a story that will keep readers riveted, and returning for a second and third read. Marshall Thornton delivers a not-to-be missed holiday tale of romance, lust, family secrets, and entangled relationships. Do not let this one pass you by!”
From Dark Divas, “Marshall Thornton has packed so much into this story that it amazed me. There’s heartache, anger, mystery, soul searching and of course love and romance. There weren’t just remote references to these things either. All were complete scenes told in great detail that had me totally engrossed until the very end. I don’t think I’ve ever known an author to get so much into so few pages. And the ending, well, lets just say it left me with a big smile on my face!”
Rated # 5 Delightful Divas by Helen!
Available exclusively at Amazon.com.
Posted: April 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
In this prequel to the award-winning Boystown Mystery Series, it’s the fall of 1979 and freshly-minted private investigator Nick Nowak has his license in hand but no clients. Short on funds, he takes a temporary job as a driver for Film Fest Chicago. In a very short time, Nick deals with stalking fans, a crowd of protesters, and a critic’s stolen wallet that leads to murder. Available exclusively at the Kindle store for $1.99.