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A Body on Pine (A Marco Fontana Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph R. G. DeMarco
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Book Description

When Marco Fontana enters his friend's spa on Pine Street in Philadelphia, he doesn't find the peaceful retreat he expected. Brad, the masseur, is missing. The spa is splattered with blood and a dead client lies sprawled on the floor. After a thorough search turns up more questions than answers, Marco calls the police. They find Brad's body a short distance from the spa and before long Marco understands that what appears to be a simple case of murder is anything but. The police want Marco off the case. However, when the body of a popular journalist is added to the death toll, Brad's case gets sidelined. Marco refuses to allow his friend's death to be ignored and convinces an overwhelmed young police detective to bring Marco into the hunt for the killer. He finds plenty to keep him busy. Abusive ex-boyfriends, stalker clients, politicians, scheming businessmen, and Eastern European mobsters swirl together in a dangerous mix which finds Marco in some of the most serious trouble he's encountered so Life at home doesn't stop for Marco, either. While he searches for Brad's killer, Marco's stripper troupe, StripGuyz, brings him face to face with a stripper's abusive boyfriend and, with Jean-Claude, a new member of the troupe who innocently comes between Marco and Anton, upsetting the fragile balance existing between them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 665 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF67H0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery August 1, 2011
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This is the second in a detective series starring PI/male-stripper troupe owner, Marco Fontana. Marco is charismatic, smart, handsome and gay. I found him to be incredibly likeable. This book almost has it all: great writing, a wonderful leading voice, a solid mystery, and colorful side-characters. Just to be clear, this book is not a m/m romance. Marco is a great character and part of what I loved was his vulnerability and a hidden need for security and love. Naturally I found myself wanting that for him. In the first book of the series you have some hope along those lines, but in the current book Marco does a slow self destruct on his closest relationship. His love life is secondary to the plotline, but I still found it painful to watch. Having said that, it's a great mystery series and totally recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, fun reading February 24, 2012
Author Joseph DeMarco takes us into the urban world of Philadelphia's "gayborhood" where gay Private Investigator Marco Fontana solves a triple murder which the local cops have failed to connect as related. Colorful references to Philadelphia's urban center, with an emphasis on the gayborhood, make the pages come to life, as well as the well written characterizations of big city personalities involved in criminal law (on both sides) as well as of people in the local gay institutions. This book is for a fun read, and is definitely well- written escapist literature. I loved the characterizations of Marco Fontana's Russian secretary Olga, as well as the way that the story deftly unfolds skillfully reveling clues. This book is great after a hard day at work or on the beach. I was introduced to the author by a clerk at Giovanni's Room , the gay bookstore this neighborhood, and took a chance reading the author's first book "Murder on Camac" also worth reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When gay private investigator Marco Fontana arrives at his friend Brad's spa for his regular massage, he stumbles on a dead body in one of the massage rooms, while the rest of the place is empty. When Brad's body is later found elsewhere, Marco vows to find the killer, and bring justice and closure to Brad's sister, with whom he lived. Aided by his gruff (but incredibly efficient) Russian secretary Olga, a resourceful lesbian computer hacker, his friend Luke, and two of the members of the professional male stripper troupe he manages, Marco gets knee deep in a mixture of dirty politics, closet cases, sleazy internet journalism, domestic abusers, greedy developers and relentless mobsters, with several attempts at his own life when he gets too close for comfort.

In his second book in this mystery series, DeMarco again provides a captivating and complex mystery that will delight purists of the gay mystery genre, for whom pickings have lately been sparse. The characters are colorful yet relatable, the Philadelphia setting perfectly nuanced, and the use of humor and personal emotions perfectly in the mix of a great read. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second is even better than the first September 5, 2011
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Joseph DeMarco is taking his place with the best of gay-centered mystery writers (Josh Lanyon, Neil Plakcy) with this fine series. Marco Fontana is complex, likeable, smart, and (of course) shockingly handsome. The story is, too. DeMarco tosses out situations and details and sets you puzzling to pull them together, just as Fontana does. And, no, you cannot figure it out any faster than the PI. Sometimes in a mystery, clues float by that get missed by the hero but not the reader, and that is always a flaw. Not here. Everything is eventually tucked in, and in ways that the reader suspects but can't quite put together.
The characters are richer than in most mysteries as well. You find yourself caring about what happens to them, especially Fontana. There are great ending hooks for the next in the series when we can hope that the mystery of Galen will get solved and Fontana will get his life in order. Not too much order, though, because I'd had for the series to end at three books.
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