OUTBURST - A Todd Mills Mystery-R.D. Zimmerman

  • Title: OUTBURST - A Todd Mills Mystery
  • Author: R.D. Zimmerman
  • Released: 1999-11-09
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  • Pages: 304
  • ISBN: 0385319231
  • ISBN13: 978-0385319232
  • ASIN: 0385319231

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In the middle of one of Minnesota's worst rainstorms, TV newsman Todd Mills--"the most visible gay person in Minneapolis"--is standing on the Stone Arch Bridge, waiting to meet a supposed blackmail victim with a hot story. Instead, he finds an about-to-be-murdered young gay cop named Mark Forrest, lured there by the same tipster/killer. So begins the investigation in this fourth Mills book from Zimmerman, one of the best of the current crop of writers of gay-themed mysteries. As in his previous Mills outings (, , ), Zimmerman shows us an often deadly urban world freighted with sexual tension. This time, involved in the police investigation is Todd's lover, Steve Rawlins, recently diagnosed as HIV positive--a fact that adds darkness to an already grim story. Rawlins becomes a target for the killer who has a grudge against gays and cops, the roots of which we begin to learn about gradually and with several sideways moves. Zimmerman creates a landscape perhaps a bit too dominated by variations on gay sexuality to be totally believable. But after decades of mysteries featuring nothing but straight sex, a little reverse imbalance isn't that hard to bear. --Dick Adler --This text refers to the edition.

From Publishers Weekly A confusion of sexual identities colors the latest case for gay Minneapolis TV reporter Todd Mills, last seen in Hostage (1997). While following up on a call to his office, Mills is set up as a witness to murder on a Minneapolis bridge in the middle of a tornado. When it turns out that the victim was a gay cop, both Mills and his lover, homicide detective Steve Rawlins, are involved personally and professionally. Further contacts from the killer spur Mills's investigation and suggest a link to the killing of another gay cop. Suspicions all point to a transsexual suspect whose past is darkened by a death in California. Aware that he is being manipulated, Mills uses his investigative skills and his contacts in the gay community to sort out the truth, at the same time leading Rawlins and another close friend from his college days, attorney Janice Gray, into mortal danger. Zimmerman's portrayal of the gay community is fully dimensioned, and his characters, gay and straight, are are engaging and complicated. The fast-paced plot incorporates the capricious summer weather of the upper Midwest to grand effect, both in the beginning and at the spine-tingling, satisfying conclusion.
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