The Gay Detective: Ken Michaels
What happens when a gay police detective decides to take on becoming a live talk show host on television hoping to interview well-known gay personalities? Well Nick Scott is the host of this great new show called The Gay Detective and as each personality airs their thoughts and the interviews are a success someone out there decides to murder each and every one of his guests right after the interview.
Harold Sapoti is a well-known author and is found slumped over a stool in his friend Sheila’s home. With Nick’s last partner on leave from an in line of duty injury he now meets the equivalent of Oscar Madison. Norm Malone is recently widowed and the two seem to hit it off from the start. With the investigation handed to them as their first case as a team, they are now facing the corpse of one Harold Sapoti and the strange messages left by the killer allow readers to know this person harbors a hate for more than just his victims. But, Nick and Norm are relentless and Nick’s encourages the hope of continuing the show live in partner Darren who is the show’s producer. But, Harold is the author of a book titled Bottoms Up. Placing the book with the title facing up on the victim’s butt allows you the reader to know that this is definitely a crime of passion and hate. But, Nick is determined to continue the show but what happens next changes it all as someone decided to take to life of the one man he has loved for fifteen years: Darren. Nick Scott and Norm Malone both realize that someone is out to destroy his show and might have a personal vendetta against Nick but who and why? Added in we meet Norm’s daughter Patti and her children who add humor, love and definitely structure to both Norm and Nick’s lives.
The members of the team that has been created to solve the murder are Norm Malone, Nick Scott, Carol Ming, Tom Hunt and Dr. Jojo. What makes this team cohesive and unique is the fact that there are so many with different backgrounds and beliefs working together with Lt. Brodsky to solve the murder. Tom Hunt has worked the unit for seven years. Ming is a criminal specialist and Jojo the ME. The one thing that rings true is that from the evidence available it is possible the victim knew his killer. But, the killings do not stop as Darren gets an openly gay football player for his next show and he winds up dead too as does Darren. Anyone remotely close to Nick is in danger gut what about Nick. Nick is a great cop and smart but Norm might be overweight and older but streetwise and able to teach Nick some moves that just might come in handy. Added in Patti, Norm’s daughter, great kids who love magic and her husband Mike rounds out a cast of characters you definitely want more of. Staying in Norm’s house and being treated as a son and a real friend, I love the way the author allows readers to understand acceptance, kindness and understanding of Nick and the gay community. What really brings it together is the way the other officers and his Lt. embrace him as a person and a cop.
Things are definitely heating up even more and Nick’s mother Wanda enters the picture when she realizes that he might be in danger and just like a typical mother she shows up, wants him to come live with her and the cute part when she tugs him in bed and flirts with Norm. But, another death comes right after and Betty Rae Bell next follows a Brazilian Singer named Mickey Marken. Dubbed the Grim Reaper, the killer is just bidding his time until he goes after his real prey: NICK!
The deaths are just a start as someone decides to trash his studio and his home. Things get dangerous and a unit is assigned to protect Nick with the help of Norm. But, just how safe will he be when the killer is not that far away and leaves him a direct message on a photo of his face with a large Red X that says: You’re Next! His life in danger and his world shattering he shares the home of his new partner and who will definitely remind you of Oscar Madison as Norm decides to redo the kitchen and clean up the mess that Norm never really sees right in front of him or even cares. The jokes, the humorous situations and the friendships help keep the novel moving and the plot line is fast paced. What I love is the Indian dwarf named Dr. Jojo and how he and the team work to solve the case and overcome other problems. But, Nick needs the help of someone to talk with and yet someone you hope he will prevail.
Author Kenneth D. Michaels brings to light the issues of gay rights, the gay community, hate, revenge, deceit, betrayal, kindness, tolerance and most of all acceptance in a community that reaches out to everyone. Two suspects that are being sought and one killer that remains at large as Nick is enticed to go to New York to be awarded a special honor at the International Pride Awareness Black and White Ball. What happens will surprise readers, as Nick is now the target of a diabolical killer who just wants revenge. What is the motive for the killings? What do the odd messages mean? When Nick is finally in the lair of the killer will anyone be able to find him in time? An ending that is heart stopping and a finale you just won’t expect or believe as the author takes us deep into the mind of a deranged killer who wants to inflict, sorrow, killing, destruction and chaos in order to deal with his/her own conflicts.
Author Kenneth Michaels has the start of a great series with Norm and Nick do diametrically different characters with different personalities but one single goal: To protect the public and their community. Cannot wait to see what he has in store for them next.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine