Boystown

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 283 ratings

Boystown Publisher's Summary

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 with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, 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?

Finalist for Lambda Literary Award - Gay Mystery 2012

©2009 Marshall Thornton (P)2013 Marshall Thornton
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  • Book 1

    • Boystown

    • Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
    • By: Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated by: Brad Langer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 120

    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 with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Three little mysteries

    • By Kindle Customer on 01-14-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Boystown 2

    • Three More Nick Nowak Mysteries
    • By: Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated by: Brad Langer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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. He has been 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great early 80's gay short detective stories

    • By John Lindner on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Boystown 3: Two Nick Nowak Novellas

    • By: Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated by: Brad Langer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Private Investigator Nick Nowak is back in two novella length mysteries set in Chicago during the early 1980s. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listening

    • By Lisa on 02-22-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Boystown 4

    • A Time for Secrets (A Nick Nowak Novel)
    • By: Marshall Thornton
    • Narrated by: Brad Langer
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 42

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Secret is Out

    • By Libros Lover on 12-14-13

    Regular price: $19.95