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Wearing black to the white party
Stukas, David.
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New York : Kensington Books, [2003]

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247 pages ; 22 cm
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In the party circuit all out mafia war has started, thanks to Rex's plan for a red party to rival the celebrated white party. Now someone's moved on from sending death threats to Rex's T-Rex Productions to actually trying to kill him, and since our hero Michael is joined at the hip to Rex, things are getting pretty personal. It isn't long before rex is found face-down in his heated pool and the holiday becomes a working one for the trio of gay crime busters.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Mystery buffs of all sexual persuasions will find much to amuse in Stukas's third novel (after 2002's Going Down for the Count) to feature gay straight-arrow Robert Wilsop and his narcissistic sidekick, Michael Stark. The boys are looking forward to Rex Gifford's Red Party, which promises to be even bigger than the White Party on the gay party circuit, but soon after arriving in Palm Springs, they learn that their host has been receiving threatening letters. Could the sponsors of the White Party be jealous? After surviving a falling palm tree aimed at his bedroom and an exploding gas grill, Rex ends up an electrocuted corpse floating in his swimming pool. Fortunately, Robert's best friend, 6'4" lesbian Monette, shows up in time to help solve this and a second murder. The author provides plenty of suspects and a plausible enough crime scenario, which will leave most readers as bewildered as Robert is, until Monette reveals the truth. But the campy antics of the principals, plus the interplay between the long-suffering Robert and the shallow Michael, supply the most interest. Fans will be glad to see Robert hook up with teddy-bear cute Marc Baldwin, who bravely lures the killer to his house at the climax, though they'll have to wait until the next installment to see whether the romance survives Robert's return to New York. (Aug. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Narrator/protagonist Robert and wealthy hunk Michael (Someone Killed His Boyfriend) have hung out ever since Robert saved Michael's life, but their relationship remains shallow. Robert likes the party invites, but Michael ignores almost everything in favor of sex. In Palm Springs for a new event its planners hope will outrival the White Party, Robert winds up investigating murder with friend Monette, while Michael, true to form, screws around. Robert and Monette gather every clue they can, talking to everyone from aging queens to not-so-privately-pierced housekeepers. Shallow remains the operative word-with regard to plot, character, and humor-but there might be a few diehard fans out there. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.