Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Murder Book
SERIES: Boystown #5
AUTHOR: Marshall Thornton
PUBLISHER: Kenmore Books
LENGTH: 184 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2015
In the second of the Boystown mysteries to be a finalist for the Lambda Award, 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.
This book is gut wrenching and a sea of emotional chaos but it’s so good. From the first sentence in this book, you are lead on and journey of upheaval that has you gasping for breath and for me, sobbing like a baby.
If you’ve read up to this book, then you are in for a ride. If you haven’t, stop and go read or you will be completely lost. If you have read the last 4 books, you know that there has been a nasty serial killer in the loose that everyone has been trying to find. Including Nick. The killer has been raping young gay males and then slashing their throats. Nick has almost caught him before while trying to save someone but he got away. Since then he’s been quiet. Until now. And this time he hit way too close to home.
Nick is a wreck. He needs to grieve, and is, but because of who the Slasher killed, he has to find this murderer. This murder was a message to Nick. Poor Nick is trying so hard to keep going, to find this guy, but he can’t focus. Everyone is getting on his nerves with sympathy and trying to give him sex to feel better and all he wants is to be left alone. He finds Harker’s murder book, pages and pages of statements and reports and such on the Slasher, and is trying to figure out who this guy is. He has to get justice. He has make this guy pay for what he did and has done. With very little help from the CPD, Nick does his best to figure it out, all while trying to hold himself together the best he can.
This book hit me hard for Nick, because in all the books up to now, he’s still somewhat aloof. Like there’s a part of him that no one can tap into. He keeps a part of him closed off so that no one can hurt him. But this book rips it all wide open and you see a side of Nick that is just gut wrenching. You realize how much he really does care and love people. You realize how much of himself he really does give. And when he is as broken as he is in this book, you can help but want to hug him and be there for him. To just do something that will make it all better. Anyone who has lost someone dear to them knows that there is nothing anyone can do, but you feel so helpless. And for poor Nick it’s the same. No one can help but himself and it’s heartbreaking to watch. What a book.