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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: MLR Press (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934531863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934531860
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,656,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing all my life, but professionally for half a century, with more than 200 published books and many shorter works. Publisher's Weekly credited me with "the master's touch in storytelling." I was born in Pennsylvania but the family moved to Ohio when I was a baby. I grew up in a small town there but lived most of my adult life in California, both Southern (The Los Angeles area) and northern (San Francisco) - but now I live and write in West Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge.

At age 75, I'm in a sort of semi-retirement, but still do the occasional story when ideas pop into my head - the most recent was Cooper's Hawk, available on Amazon, a bittersweet story of long time love. I'm presently working to get my backlist uploaded to Kindle and some of the books on audio.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jessewave on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Deadly Wrong is the second book in this series starring Stanley Korski and Tom Danzel, two Inspectors for the San Francisco Police Department, Homicide Division. Stanley and Tom have broken up as partners both on the Force and personally because Tom walked away in the first book, Deadly Nightshade. He couldn't deal with his fellow Inspectors questioning his sexuality if he stayed as Stanley's partner after their first case was over. He knew the drill. His old friends on the Force would look at him differently, they would make snide remarks and he would be ostracized like every gay cop on the Force, so he chose the lesser of two evils, or so he thought. However, Tom doesn't admit to being gay. In his mind he is straight with a thing for only one man.

Stanley is on leave from the Department because his Lieutenant refused to accept his resignation and suggested instead that he take a leave of absence. He uses the time to do some serious soul searching about whether he'll continue in his chosen career as a police officer. He doesn't feel that he has the temperament to be a cop; he's too easily scared and, in his words, he's a devout coward. While cooling his heels, his old friend Libby asks for his help in clearing her brother who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. When Stanley arrives in Bear Mountain the number of potential suspects is longer than his arm, and the local Chief of Police is not at all co-operative to an out of state policeman; as far as he's concerned the case is solved and a suspect has been arrested. Stanley is up the creek without the proverbial paddle and without his partner.

The mystery is intriguing and involves a young gay man who is the local standby for every gay and supposedly straight man around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane on August 20, 2009
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I love the second book with our flaming gay detective STanley(he wouldn't like it if I called him Stan and straight(?)gorgoeous hunk of man, detective Tom.

Another excellent murder/mystery involving Stanley and Tom. I love these two characters and find Stanley our gay young man very endearing and his banter witty. Tom is frustrating because like us we don't know what he is doing. Does he want Stanley as a boyfriends, a buddy or simply when he gets horny. Poor Stanley is in love with Tom but can't profess his love until Tom knows what Tom wants in Stanley.

They ying and yang of these two wonderful characters makes reading about them interesting and like Stanley, I want Tom to get off the Police force fence!

The writing is smooth. The descriptive narrative of Bear Mountain flawless, the characters interesting and the story compelling.

But what makes the reader love it more are Stanley(don't call me Stan)and Tom.

I already have the third book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Whitney VINE VOICE on June 12, 2009
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Victor J. Banis' novel Deadly Wrong is the second novel in his Deadly Mystery series. This is a stand-alone novel, but readers wanting to understand the relationship between Tom and Stanley just a little better may wish to read Deadly Nightshade first.

I read Deadly Nightshade not long ago, and I truly enjoyed it. It has a great mystery, wonderful characters, and overall excellent writing. Now Mr. Banis has given us a sequel, and I am just as impressed with Deadly Wrong as I was the previous novel. This is an entertaining and fast-paced tale that mixes an intriguing mystery, memorable characters, and not just a little bit of wry wit.

This story revolves mostly around Stanley Korski and relegates Tom Danzel to something of a secondary role. In my opinion, this is a good thing, because Stanley is a much more sympathetic character than his love interest is. It would be almost impossible not to love this fellow. He has a quirky and self-effacing humor that makes him acknowledge his shortcomings, yet he is overall very self-confident in his identity and comfortable in his own skin. He makes no apologies for being who he is and will gleefully thumb his nose at those who might look down on him. Even though Stanley tends to let his mouth run on without the assistance of his brain or his common sense, and he has a penchant for falling in love with unsuitable men, these foibles merely make him more likeable.

It is a little more difficult for me to warm up the Tom, although he is slightly more likeable in this story than in the previous one. Tom's refusal to acknowledge his homosexuality remains a sticking point, but he manages to redeem himself several times in Deadly Wrong.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on February 22, 2009
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I have combined the review of Deadly Nightshade and Deadly Wrong here

I have a really wonderful time reading these 2 volumes (so far, I HOPE!) series on Stanley and Tom, 2 homicide detectives in the San Francisco force. I have to admit I held off on Book 1 (Deadly Nightshades) until Deadly Wrong is released when I read that the 2 men's feelings were unresolved at the end of Book 1. I am glad I did as finishing these 2 books in the same day was really a most enjoyable experience.
I really appreciate the different settings in both books, Deadly Nightshade on the seedy and dark side of deeply closeted men in the big city while Deadly Wrong takes place in a small rural town up in the mountains, with its own insidious side. The mysteries and crime in both books are gripping, intriguing and tightly paced and hold me captive from page 1 till the end.
In Deadly Nightshade, we are introduced to the transgender world of San Francisco and certain parts are an eye opener for me. Layered with suspense I am afraid I never guessed the murderer. As for the ending it is one exciting climax.

By contrast the crime in Deadly Wrong seems almost ordinary as all you have is a dead gay boy whom nobody misses. But I find myself preferring the plot in Deadly Wrong. Like Elisa, I am overwhelmed by the tragic fate of the murdered victim who maybe dead but yet very much "alive" in the story itself. The plot here is seamless, the supporting characters interesting. I find myself very much involved, trying to solve the crime with one endeariing homicide detective, who has a penchant for getting into trouble. Fortunately he has his own hunk to his rescue, just the right ingredient for a M/M romance!

As for the characters of Stanley and Tom, they really grow on you.
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