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Sorry Now? by [Zubro, Mark Richard]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hostilities between gay and straight communities as well as the former group's internal differences are the predominant themes in this fast-moving Chicago-based police procedural. The father of two boys, one with spina bifida, Paul Turner juggles his duties to his family, his job as a police detective and the fact that he is gay. After the daughter of Bruce Mucklewrath, an arch-conservative California preacher turned senator, is shot to death before her father's eyes, the killers ask him, "Sorry now?" But when Turner and his partner try to question members of Mucklewrath's organization, they are stonewalled. Turner resists the suggestion that a radical gay organization is behind the murder--until a friend, a reporter for the Chicago Gay Tribune , tells him that a previous criminal act against another homophobe was also accompanied by the message "Sorry now?" Then an indigent, AIDS-infected informant claiming to know who slew the girl turns up dead, Paul receives threats against his sons, and his superiors crank up the pressure. Zubro's ( The Only Good Priest ) blend of personal and political concerns makes this story compelling and even urgent.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Zubro, author of two earnest mysteries featuring a gay schoolteacher sleuth (The Only Good Priest, Why Isn't Becky Twitchell Dead?), now introduces an earnest, gay widower-cop, Paul Turner of the Chicago PD, assigned to investigate the murder of right-wing politico Reverend Mucklewrath's daughter. In the course of his investigation, Paul meets Rusty, the whore-hustler who swears that the Reverend's son, Donald, is gay; handsome, noble Dr. George Manfred, whom everyone wants to ``marry'' off to Paul; and several old derelicts, including HIV-infected Wilmer, who has a clue to the murderer but is killed before he can reveal it. The case is wrapped up, but not before the homophobic killer kidnaps Paul's teenaged son Brian, makes a few filthy remarks about Paul, and so forth. A calculated, middle-class view of a homosexual cop leading a decent life with his two sons--one a heterosexual (probably) teen, and the other a spina bifuda child. All in all, sort of dull, even with murder around the edges. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CW6PN2
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THIS is a truly wonderful mystery !
The kind many mystery lovers could easily get themselves into, honestly.

And this "Sorry Now ?" is the first novel in the Paul Turner mystery series.

The story is about a gay Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner and his non-gay partner, Buck Fenwick, solving murder cases and other mysteries mostly on their home ground Chicago.

In this volume, Paul and Buck investigate the death of a young woman shot to death in the local park in Chicago, whose father is Bruce Mucklewrath, an extreme conservative senator who used to be a preacher in California.

Some of the things I greatly enjoyed while reading this story was, of course, I got to see how police detectives live their own lives, enjoying all sorts of things both at work and in their private lives. Oh....some may think that many slice of life stories are uninteresting and irredeemably boring. But NOT THIS.

With our Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick in it and with lots of interesting clues thrown in here in there, the story gets more and more exciting as you keep reading, times, it gets SO hilarious ! *laughs*

Well, I believe and have always believed that the best way to enjoy a novel love the characters. So, instead of telling some more about the story while narrowly avoiding giving away spoilers, I would like to tell you some more details about the characters of this story without revealing major part of it:

Paul Turner
A gay Chicago police detective. A widowed father of two teenaged boys.
As mentioned in the book more than just several times, it seems that he is a dark-haired attractive man of about 30-something(?) and 5' 11". ( A young male hustler has called him once "a man with a sexy ass".
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Paul Turner is a Chicago detective with two sons, who just happens to be gay. When Bruce Mucklewrath, a televangelist with a message that leans towards gay-bashing, ends up the victim of a crime, his daughter dead, Paul and his partner are called in to lead the investigation.

What they discover are a number of crime scenes against those who are homophobic, all with the cryptic message of "Sorry now, aren't you?" Paul struggles to tie the cases together with a possible conspiracy against the gay community, while dealing with his kids and a possible relationship with handsome doctor George Manfred.

The book had a great premise, and the storyline was well-thought out, but the lack of real characterization and an abundance of typos in the book kept me from truly enjoying it. I'll still probably look for the second book in this series, but it wasn't one of my favorite reads.
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Fortunately, the Paul Turner series gets better as does Zubro's crafting of enjoyable cop mystery stories. With this one, the debut of Paul Turner, Zubro tackles an interesting premise: are gay activist orgnizations behind the murder of an anti-gay televangelist's daughter? It's a question Paul Turner, a gay Chicago homicide detective, doesn't like having to look at, but one he realizes he must if he is to solve this case. The reader gets taken in a lot of different directions and one has to wonder if the poor cop will ever solve this case. Maybe Zubro hadn't made up his mind "who done it" until the final chapter because there are no really good clues, but plenty of motive to go around. All in all it was an enjoyable read, but it's not among my top 25 murder mysteries, regardless of genre (gay or straight or whatever)or author.
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Two quick comments. First, I hope that the reviewer who said that he would never read a Zubro book will change his mind, because if he didn't like this one, that surely doesn't mean that he wouldn't like others - the Paul Turner series is one thing, the Tom & Steve series is another, and I would really urge the reader to try again.

The other thing is this new Amazon thing of "statistically improbable phrases" - in this case the "statistically improbable phrases" are two extremely vulgar phrases, and I am surprised (to put it mildly) to see Amazon posting these on its Internet site for all to see. I'm not personally offended, but I'm not everyone, and I think plenty of people will say "for shame!"
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