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Initial post: 13 Oct 2011 12:43:04 BDT
Phil Cox says:
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Posted on 26 Oct 2011 15:40:21 BDT
I'm reading Val McDermid's Trick of the Dark. Several lesbian characters including the protagonist. I agree that it adds another dimension to the characters.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 16:12:33 BDT
Indiasign says:
Although admittedly not the lead, two of of the major characters in John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series, Louis and Angel, are gay

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 16:19:34 BDT
Phil Cox says:
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Posted on 7 Nov 2011 04:47:49 GMT
R. E. Conary says:
Most of Val McDermid's novels have included gay characters, mostly in minor roles, and usually in a natural unintrusive manner -- as if to say that gays are just like the rest of us. Which they are.

On the other hand, gays take a more prominent role in many novels such as:

The Art of Detection: Kate Martinelli Series, Book 5 (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King

Apparation Alley a Det. Kate Delafield mystery by Katherine V. Forrest

SET UP: A Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery (Large Print) by Clare McNab

Or my own Rachel Cord:

'Life's a B****. So am I.' Rachel Cord, P.I. (£1.41)
Hard-boiled detective Rachel Cord searches for a runaway teen and for answers as to why gay performers are being beaten at Miss Kitty's Kathouse Kabaret.

Rachel Cord, PI 'Still a B****': A Confidential Investigations Mystery (£2.13)
Rachel Cord returns with a vengeance chasing multiple threads through a labyrinth of missing persons, buried bodies, kinky sex, new love, and an ex-lover who may be a serial killer.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 21:43:14 GMT
Phil Cox says:
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Posted on 14 Nov 2011 17:07:14 GMT
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I think it depends on who is writing and reading the text. As part of an LGBT writing collective, we find it important to address sexuality - to maintain visibility.

I'm currently working on a novel with a bisexual character, and part of the reason for this is becauise when i was asked at an LGBT reading group to suggest a 'bi read', there wasn't a whole lot that sprang to mind.

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 10:28:43 GMT
C. S. McLean says:
Julian Barnes used to write detective novels under the pseudonym Dan Kavangh, about a bisexual detective called Duffy.

Also, I can seriously recommend the Hap

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 14:00:25 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
The Hap?

Posted on 17 Nov 2011 06:33:52 GMT
Mark Porter says:
Hap and Leonard novels by Joe R. Lansdale, I believe C.S. McLean meant.

Leonard Pine is gay and black and he also happens to be the toughest S.O.B. wandering around East Texas.

V funny crime novels that say an awful lot about loyalty, friendship and human prejudice in its many and varied forms.

Posted on 23 Nov 2011 21:07:47 GMT
Booker1984 says:
You can check out my books "Shadow" and "Anomaly"...They feature a gay protagonist and characters

Posted on 29 Nov 2011 14:37:04 GMT
C. S. McLean says:
Ooops. Yes, I was talking about the Hap & Leonard novels before my computer crashed and I forgot to come back and finish the post.
Thanks Mark - glad someone understood where I was going with that.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2011 20:55:17 GMT
I was just about to mention Val mcDermid. You beat me to it.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 16:59:32 GMT
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LEP says:
There's a gay character as part of the team in Suzanne Brockman's Troubleshooters series. Later he gets his own book and is eventually promoted to head the team.

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 01:50:41 GMT
I don't mind the main character being gay, as long as there are no graphic sex scenes!

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 16:38:15 GMT
troutmask says:
Check out the brilliant Dig Two Graves and lap it up.

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 17:43:08 GMT
I. Black says:
There's a main gay character in Darshan: a Journey which is currently on FREE promotion and of of the 2 main characters in The Moon's Complexion is bisexual.

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 12:42:34 GMT
Anne Selby says:
I honestly don't see why a character main or otherwise can't be gay. The Gay community are now a fact of life and are as much a part of the main comunity as heterosexuals. My book includes some bisexual characters.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 07:57:39 GMT
S. Graham says:
The detective in Louise Welsh's first novel, The Cutting Room, is gay. That's well worth reading. The novel isn't about his sexuality, but it is part of his character, as it is with everyone. I do think it's important to have characters in novels who reflect the spectrum of human lives.

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 11:33:01 GMT
Joseph Hansen's series of 12 novels featuring the gay private investigator Dave Brandstetter are relevant here.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 11:50:18 GMT
M. Dowden says:
I like the old pulp novel 'The Gay Detective'. Although written by a gay man and the detective is really camp, you don't honestly know if he is gay, or if its just an act, which adds an extra dimension to the tale as that becomes a mystery as well. Unfortunately only one novel was written, as it would have made a good series.

Posted on 28 May 2012 21:01:05 BDT
Mark Taylor says:
There's a great new comedy with quite a few gay characters called 'It's not me, it's you' by John James Ashton - really funny, I highly recommend it :)

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 15:38:18 BDT
Whisper says:
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Posted on 17 Jun 2012 21:44:54 BDT
In the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman Milo Sturgis is gay with a partner called Rick who is a doctor. Milo is a detective with the police force. His sexuality causes him some problems at work.

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 00:20:41 BDT
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