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Steven Cooper - Gay Novelist

At the request of a poster in the North Morgan thread, here’s a thread devoted to the writer: Steven Cooper.

by Anonymousreply 1111/15/2017

Thank you OP.

by Anonymousreply 111/14/2017

He looks like Jeff Conway, only older and slightly melted.

by Anonymousreply 211/14/2017

He’s cute R2. Jesus Christ. Like you doing any better.

R1 Does Mr Cooper write exclusively mysteries?

by Anonymousreply 311/14/2017

R3, google is your friend and amazon has his books.

I've never read his work - has anyone else?

by Anonymousreply 411/14/2017

R3, I was asking R1, who I suspect is Steven Cooper himself.

by Anonymousreply 511/14/2017

I'm glad to see there are still gay men writing gay fiction. His latest, Desert Remains: A Gus Parker and Alex Mills Novel, seems like something I'd really enjoy reading.

BTW, there are some female gay fiction authors I enjoy a lot so the gender isn't always a problem. But still, it's nice to know that the author of a novel about gay men is a gay man as well.

by Anonymousreply 611/14/2017


Category: Crime Mysteries | Suspense & Thriller | Paranormal Fiction Paperback Oct 10, 2017 | 400 Pages BUY


Detective Alex Mills turns to psychic Gus Parker to help him solve a series of baffling murders perpetrated by a deranged killer who leaves his victims’ bodies and taunting clues in the desert surrounding Phoenix, AZ.

Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies–a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an “intuitive medium” whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It’s an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate.

When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he’s always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game.

Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes.

by Anonymousreply 711/14/2017

DESERT REMAINS author Steven Cooper recently discussed his latest mystery with The Big Thrill:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope readers will enjoy how Gus and Alex, somewhat unconventionally, approach the task of tracking a killer. I also hope they’ll be intrigued by one character who speaks no words at all: the enchanting and mysterious Arizona desert. It can hide secrets, reveal clues, and inspire both beauty and horror. I’d like readers to leave the book feeling they’ve experienced the atmosphere along with the plot. Perhaps some who have never seen the rugged landscapes of the Desert Southwest might be intrigued enough to come explore.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

The novel presents two protagonists, a homicide detective and a psychic, both of whom rely on varying doses of intuition and genuine clues. While the psychic’s revelations do conjure the supernatural, the result is not magic. Nor is the cop’s methodology flawless. Both men stumble hard. Their struggles, both personal and professional, challenge some stereotypes.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

For years, the ancient rock art of the desert fascinated me. I’d hike to various sites just to study the petroglyphs and try to infer their meanings. It wasn’t until I wrote DESERT REMAINS that I truly researched these iconic images. My findings surprised me. But I won’t give them away here. I also discovered that psychics have varying levels of skills and abilities, that no two psychics necessarily work the same way, and that some of the stuff they do is mind-blowing.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

My years as a reporter, particularly the years covering murder trials gavel to gavel, have certainly informed my writing. I had a front row seat to the best and the worst of the human condition.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

As a Boston boy, I grew up reading Robert B. Parker novels. I was hooked. I grew to love stories with rich locales. From Parker, I eventually graduated to Dennis Lehane, whose Boston seems darker and grittier. C.J. Box builds great tension against absorbing if not cinematic backdrops. I very much enjoy the storytelling of Carl Hiaasen because he casts an entire state in a dramedy of human error, but his love for Florida is as palpable as his disdain. His plots are wickedly clever. From an earlier period, Hammett and Chandler. And John le Carre!


by Anonymousreply 811/14/2017

Do any of the characters commit sodomy on one another Steve?

by Anonymousreply 911/14/2017

I haven't read Cooper's work, I'm going to assume that the PI or the psychic is gay... anyone recommend a good private investigator or murder mystery with a gay male lead?

by Anonymousreply 1011/15/2017

R10: No Gay mystery writers seem pretty consistently lacking in talent. Michael Nava recently rewrote one of his novels, so that it is longer, more sexual, but still pretty subpar.

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