Marshall Thornton


Marshall Thornton is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Long Beach, California. He is best known for the Boystown detective series, which received an honorable mention in the 2011 and 2012 Rainbow Awards and was also a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Book Award – Gay Mystery. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, Desert Run and Full Release. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing awards. He has also had plays produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles and stories published in The James White Review and Frontier Magazine.

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Full Release
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Studio accountant, Matt Latowski orders an erotic massage on the one-year anniversary of a bad break-up, but is surprised when the masseur calls him a couple weeks later to ask him out on a date. Unable to say no to a freebie, Matt begins a journey that eventually leads to his becoming a murder suspect.
The Christmas Visit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A Chicago art director in his early thirties returns to his tiny Upstate New York hometown to spend the holiday with his recently widowed father only to find himself involved with his boyhood crush, now a closeted sheriff’s deputy. It’s sentimental and sexy, with a bit of mystery stirred in.
Little Boy Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,320. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A former Chicago police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by a traumatic break-up and his abrupt departure from the department after being gay-bashed. In this Boystown prequel, it’s fall 1979 and Nick has just received his P.I. license but has no clients. Short on funds, he takes a temporary job as a driver for Film Fest Chicago.
The Development: Three Jan Birch Mysteries
Series: The Jan Birch Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,290. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
This collection includes the previously published stories Coffee Clutch, Bartholi’s Rest and Mountain View Terrace in one volume.
Mountain View Terrace
Series: The Jan Birch Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 21,590. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Set in the mid-sixites, Jan Birch is a typical housewife struggling with an unhappy marriage. In the third Jan Birch Mystery, she fulfills a dream by getting a part-time job that utilizes her artistic skills and begins a tentative relationship with local police officer, Ernie Connors. When Ernie’s wife is discovered dead, Jan must discover whether or not she's fallen in love with a murderer.
Bartholi's Rest
Series: The Jan Birch Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 17,290. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In the second Jan Birch Mystery, Jan takes a job as a waitress behind her husband’s back. When the owner of the restaurant, Paul Bartholi, takes a near-fatal fall down the basement stairs, Jan quickly becomes convinced it wasn’t an accident. She attempts to mind her own business, but when Paul’s fiery fiancé tells the police Jan may have pushed her boss down the stairs, she has to act.
Lucky is Lost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,670. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a divorced dad gets a call from his little girl telling him that the family dog is missing, he rushes over to look for it. He posts flyers in hopes of finding Lucky. Instead of finding the dog, he receives a ransom note. Who would kidnap Lucky? The creepy babysitter? His troubled son? His ex-wife's boyfriend? Richard searches for the kidnapper but instead uncovers an ugly family secret.
Coyote Bluff
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
(4.00 from 1 review)
Originally published in The James White Review, Coyote Bluff is the story of a young man coming to terms with the uncertainty of his relationship. On a road trip, he contemplates the meanings of trust and love. Also includes excerpts from my books Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries, Desert Run and The Perils of Praline.
Simple Addition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a middle-aged man finds himself trapped in the trunk of a car, he must examine his life to determine exactly who might be taking him on his final journey.
The Beneficiary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,560. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Set during the L.A. riots, this contemporary noir follows a real estate agent who's got a scheme to make a killing - but things don't turn out the way she planned. Reviews have called the story "a great suspense tale", "told in tight concise prose with wonderful character development", and "it keeps you turning pages."
Coffee Clutch
Series: The Jan Birch Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 14,550. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the mid sixties, homemaker Jan Birch maintains a tight circle of friends in her upstate New York suburban neighborhood. When the divorcée down the street is murdered, the women attribute her death to a hobo they’d seen months before. Quickly, though, Jan begins to suspect that the hobo has left the neighborhood long ago and the murderer may be one of her dear friends.

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