by Mark McNease

Book Cover: Beautiful Corpse: A Marshall James Thriller

“It was 1984. Prince ruled the airwaves. The Los Angeles Olympics had come and gone, taking with it a spotlight that had shone harshly on the city’s night crawlers and left them thankful for the shadows. AIDS was spreading its dark, black, wings over us all, and I was a happy guy. At least I thought I was, until things took a sudden turn for the deadly.” - Marshall James

It’s been over a year since Marshall James first became intimately familiar with murder. He’s six months sober now and happily living with the love of his life, LAPD Detective Mac McElroy. Despite the coming storm of AIDS and its devastating toll on the world Marshall knows, his dark days seem to be behind him. Then one night he says the wrong thing, storms out in anger, and walks straight into a nightmare. Someone is setting him up to take the fall for a beautiful corpse. But who would do something so evil, and so planned? Within hours he finds himself running from the police and the mob, and running toward a killer he must apprehend before the only chance left is no chance at all.

About the Author

Mark McNease has been writing since childhood, with stretches in the theater (as a playwright), literary fiction, gay mysteries and thrillers, mainstream mysteries, and children's television. He has won two Emmys for the children's TV show Into the Outdoors. He is the publisher and editor for, a website for LGBTQ people over 50 now in its eleventh year. He's also a podcaster who has been at it for over a decade. After 25 years in New York City, he and his husband Frank Murray moved to their home in rural New Jersey where they share their lives with cats Peanut and Wilma.

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