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In the first full-length novel of the Boystown series, it's late summer 1982 and private detective Nick Nowak is asked to find a retired gentleman's long lost lover. Instead, he finds himself embroiled in a decades old murder connected to the man who wants to be Chicago's next mayor. Meanwhile, an ambitious young reporter develops a friendship with Nick's lover Bert, making Nick wonder exactly where their relationship may be heading.

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Not what I expected, but loved it!

This is my first review which is embarrassing because I've listened to a lot on Audible. First, I'll say I love this book because I really do. Next I'll say it wasn't what I expected. I read this one out of order and now I have to go back and start from the beginning because this book just really ticked all my boxes and it felt so real. It had this cool, gritty detective vibe about it, kind of cheesy but classic. I didn't think I liked it at first, but it grew on me until I loved it. The narration was great and I loved the MC because he's so real and imperfect. He's romantic and steamy and a downright jerk sometimes but he won me over. Please forgive the sloppiness of my first review, but I thought this was a great book and I plan to listen to the rest in the series. I also really like some of this author's other books, which have a different feel to them. This was just old school detective style. Also, it takes place in the 80's and the authenticity of the time period and the education I got with the struggles in the book really impressed me.

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Triggering, getting interesting now

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Narrator Brad Langer dryly delivered the Nick Nowak Mysteries series. His emotionless monotonous narration is as old skool as the plot itself, which for some reason drew me deeper into the life of the most sexually active private investigator; Nick Nowak.

The cases he investigates are kind of intriguing. The longer I listened, the more I wanted to hear. The plot time is depicted in the 1980s. It’s the time of no lube or condoms, only spit, and if you are lucky maybe vaseline. Venereal diseases and GRIDS, or gay-related immunodeficiency syndrome, is just being noticed. Nick, is a dude who has a lot of sex. If it’s male and willing, he is fucking it. I’m not judging, good for him, the more sex the better, but unfortunately in hindsight, we know what happens with HIV. Each time Nick is having sex, I see more and more men getting infected. That left me conflicted between listening and enjoying hot sex scenes.

The victimization of gay men is vividly described, the book conveys a silent internal truthfulness, a very lifelikeness of being gay in the 1980″s, and the reality or consistency of the sad world these characters lived within.

I do recommend this series. It’s one of those, you would miss if you don’t experience it.

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The Secret is Out

If you could sum up Boystown 4 in three words, what would they be?

Gritty, suspenseful, addictive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boystown 4?

When Nick realizes he really loved Harker.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pinpoint just one.

Who was the most memorable character of Boystown 4 and why?

Nick. He is smart and stupid at the same time. I keep wondering when he's going to wise up and stop being so clueless about what's going on around him. (No spoilers)

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the 5th audiobook.

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This Series Just Gets Better and Better

A Time for Secrets is the fourth book in the Boystown series, a 1980s mystery/thriller series that follows the life of Nick Nowak, a former cop turned private detective. This series is best read in order to understand all the intricacies of the plot and character development.

Nick Nowak has not only captured my attention but also my heart. This is a flawed man who’s stubbornly making his way through a world that is hostile towards him and his boyfriend. While Bert comes to terms with his illness, a deadly mystery becomes Nick’s next case. This summary does not do justice because I’m not sure how I can convey exactly how much I love this book. Marshall Thornton is a talented writer who expertly writes about tough emotions with a keen eye, and keep the story entertaining and addictive. There were moments where my heart felt like it was breaking, but then it was pieced back together by tender moments. I know that there will be further heartache in the series, but there will also be redemption, humor, mystery, action, and amazing sex scenes. All in all, this is a fantastic series.

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Some conclusions and sadness

I think Brian and I both see Nick the same way, and I love that Babylon boi!! Three great stories, and finally someone evil is forestalled from one agenda. The sneak peek of book 5 starts with a shock, and I'm already crying about it. It seems one step forward and one huge push backwards. Needing book 5 now. The narrator's voice and expressions were excellent and added to my experience. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review.

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BOYS BOYS BOYS

Where does Boystown 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Nick 's witty thoughts
Nick 's vast selection of quick BJ's
Nick 's thought processes...always in PI mode

and ALL the other great things in this book puts me in a very happy place!!! that's all the time I have folks. off to book 5 with Kleenex and IF, with Nicky

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EXCELLENT

What did you love best about Boystown 4?

The writing is great.Mr Marshall is a very gifted writer.The story ,as all the Boystown , is original and good.

Have you listened to any of Brad Langer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr Brad Langer performance is impeccable.Connects with how I imagine Nick perfectly.

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Good listening

If you could sum up Boystown 4 in three words, what would they be?

Although Im not gay, its still an awesome book! Hot & Heavy as long as your open minded! Love the series but sad its ending at 5!!!

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  • Lesetiger
  • 10-29-20

Boystown 4

This is the first book I’ve heard from Marshall Thornton, and what should I say? It’s not gonna be my last audiobook from this author.
Detective Nick Kowak is an interesting main character I liked. He’s not perfect, he’s not afraid of anything, and I like the way he approaches cases. It can be said that in a hard shell there is a soft center. I’m an 80s kid, so I really liked the setting. At the same time, it is frightening to see how helpless people were in dealing with AIDS at the time. I liked the plot and I can recommend this series to everyone. Brad Langar did a great job and narrated wonderul.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 05-06-21

Interesting Story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • P D
  • 01-21-21

Highly recommended!!

This is my second book by Marshall Thornton and I really enjoyed it. I love Nick Nowak and his take on life, love and people in general.
Brad Langer certainly brings him to life.
5 big ⭐️ from me.

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  • LGB
  • 07-10-20

Heart wrenching and gripping!

Another engaging mystery interwoven with Nick’s personal life. This seemingly easy case might just put Nick’s life in danger. And poor Nick, he finally realises he’s in love yet he can’t stop from having unprotected sex with other guys he’s just met. There’s a sense of foreboding with regards to Harker and their future. Despite all of Nick’s foibles, he is a caring man and a successful PI. There are plenty of hot scenes and some quite emotional ones too. Great writing and portrayal of characters throughout, all wonderfully narrated by Brad Langar.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 07-01-20

Great series

These books follow a private detective called Nick Nowak, set in the 1980s it follows his career, once a policeman and his love life. These are great short stories that all mingle and somethings are sad.
It's great remembering the things we did in the 80s. Great series.