HERE COMES THE CORPSE by Mark Richard Zubro


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Just after the groom, baseball superstar Scott Carpenter, kisses the groom, high-school teacher Tom Mason, and they accept congratulations from their thousand guests, Tom discovers his very first love, Ethan Gahain, bleeding and dying all over a tiled stall in the powder room. The Chicago cops are none too thrilled at having to take statements from all those guests. But worse awaits when Tom and Scott, delaying their honeymoon to Paris, return to their penthouse to find Scott’s belligerent nephew Donny waiting for them. Not only has he run away from home, but he may have witnessed Ethan’s demise. Haunted by flashbacks to his youthful encounters with Ethan and his heartbreak when Ethan dumped him, Tom, reluctantly agreeing to look into Ethan’s recent past for his grieving parents, discovers that Ethan and Cormac MacIntire were extremely profitable Internet porn merchants. Too bad Cormac’s now gone missing, and their webmaster, Josh Durst, is dead. Cormac’s dad Cecil, a right-wing radio talk-show host, is appalled at his son’s profession and sexuality, but not nearly as upset as the male sports stars and university students whom Cormac secretly filmed frolicking naked. Meanwhile, Donny is running wild, until he runs into a homicidal duo, and the bodies pile up before Scott and Tom unravel a web of blackmail, shame, incest, and homophobia.

A touch more sexually explicit than most Scott and Tom adventures (One Dead Drag Queen, 2000, etc.)—and almost everyone who has ever planned a wedding will be impressed, and perhaps teary-eyed, by the grandeur of their nuptials.

Pub Date: July 22nd, 2002
ISBN: 0-312-28098-X
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2002


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