Claire Gray is a much traveled, highly regarded and very successful theatrical director who, in the prime of her career, accepts an offer to head the Theatre Department at Desert Arts College near Palm Springs, California. Funded by enigmatic billionaire, Desert Arts College is a new college with a state of the art facility and a prestigious faculty recruited for its inaugural year. But Claire's start is not particularly auspicious - newly arrived and before the school year has even begun, Claire stumbles across a dead body.
The dead body is the wife of a fellow faculty member, whom Claire agreed to drive home from the airport when he came in from a recruiting trip. Since no good dead goes unpunished, Claire is now on the edges of a homicide investigation. Even though she has a million things to do before the semester starts, Claire just can't seem to leave the murder case alone. Drawing upon her theatrical expertise, including a keen understanding of human nature, plotting, and motivation, Claire sets out to untangle the mystery surrounding the brutal murder. There is, however, a murderer on the loose and if Claire isn't careful and lucky, her debut as a sleuth might well be her final act.
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Most of my books, notably the “Mark Manning” mystery series, have been marketed to a gay audience, but we’ve discovered that many of my readers are women. This new series, featuring theatrical director Claire Gray, addresses that broader audience.
Past readers will readily recognize Claire. She was the heroine of my first novel, REHEARSING (1993), later met Mark Manning in EYE CONTACT (1998), and was discussed in BOY TOY (2001), setting the stage for the two series to dovetail; the link is Manning’s nephew, who becomes a student of Claire’s. Rest assured, Claire Gray is not just “Mark Manning in a dress.” Manning is more conventionally heroic—self-confident and at times slightly smug—while Claire is far more vulnerable. Her name alludes to “darkness and light,” an inner conflict, a search for self-definition.
I’m confident previous readers will feel nicely at home with Claire as she settles into the gay-friendly area of Palm Springs, California. I know the place well. The desert strikes me as the perfect locale for a mystery series, with its astounding—almost mystical—natural beauty. I invite you to discover, through the eyes of Claire Gray, that this seemingly barren terrain is not forbidding, but enchanting.About the Author:
Michael Craft is the author of seven published novels, including Boy Toy, the most recent in the Mark Manning mystery series. Craft spends part of the year in the Palm Springs area of California and lives in southeastern Wisconsin, where he is at work on his next Claire Gray mystery.
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312280343
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Book Description Minotaur Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312280343
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