Book Review: Carved In Bone by Michael Nava

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to review Carved In Bone by Michael Nava.


Set in San Francisco in 1984, Henry Rios, a gay criminal defense lawyer,  is fresh out of rehab and trying to put his life back together. He’s hired by an insurance company to investigate the apparently accidental death by carbon monoxide poisoning of Bill Ryan in the Castro Street apartment he shared with his lover, who survived. As he delves into Bill Ryan’s life, Rios becomes convinced Ryan’s death was no accident, and that his young lover is implicated. Meanwhile, the tsunami of AIDS is bearing down on San Francisco’s gay community.


I have never read any of the other books in the Henry Rios series so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I got was a wonderfully written crime mystery that kept me intrigued. I would like to note that this can be read as a stand alone. The author does pack alot into this story but it doesn’t feel overwhelming or confusing, they managed to stick to the main story without going onto different paths. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this beautiful book and would definitely recommend.

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Author Bio – Michael Nava is the six-time Lambda Literary Award author of the Henry Rios novels and recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBTQ Literature. The New York Times praised him as “one of our best” crime fiction writers. The New Yorker called Henry Rios “a detective unlike any other previous protagonist in American noir.” Carved In Bone is the first Henry Rios novel in 20 years. Says novelist David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) Carved In Bone is “rich, haunting and deeply engaged with the world.”


*I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


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