THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF DEATH by Mark Richard Zubro

THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF DEATH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Grover Cleveland High School teacher Tom Mason and his lover, superstar pitcher Scott Carpenter (Sorry Now?, The Only Good Priest, etc.), the gay counterparts of Mr. and Mrs. North, delve into the murder of school principal Robert Jones, who may have been silenced by Dan Bluefield, the school bully, or by any one of a number of faculty members whom Jones had reprimanded--including the guidance counselor, who kept seducing students; an old-timer who's been coasting along until retirement; an ineffectual student teacher; the drama coach, who's got shady talent-agency ties; even an alcoholic custodian who was going to be fired. Whodunit? Tom and Scott are almost incinerated before they trap the killer, but not before one more dies and they're subjected to numerous episodes of verbal and physical gay-bashing. Undemanding fare, but the school politics are dead-on, and Tom and Scott have become the sort of interesting couple one might like to have over for dinner.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-312-07767-X
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1992




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