Michael Nava. Goldenboy (1988) 215 pp.
A young restaurant worker is accused of killing a co-worker in Los Angeles to keep the victim from disclosing the accused’s homosexuality. Two days before the trial a gay activist comes to San Francisco to convince Henry Rios, a criminal defense attorney and gay rights activist, himself, to take over the defense. After dinner in the Castro, a walk by Fisherman’s Wharf, and coffee in North Beach, Rios agrees. “But as gay lawyer Henry Rios investigates this case, he finds that the pieces of the puzzle don’t fit together the way everyone thinks. Too many people want Jim Pears to be found guilty, regardless of the truth. With so many committed to keeping it covered up, can Rios discover what the truth really is?” [dust jacket] The case against Pears is dismissed after he tries suicide and ends up in a coma. Rios returns to San Francisco briefly with his new lover (a witness in the case), but flies back to Los Angeles almost immediately to follow the clues to the identity of the killer.
Setting: San Francisco; Los Angeles