The Burning Plain

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The Burning Plain

The Burning Plain Attorney Henry Rios fights for his freedom and his life when a homophobic serial killer targets gay men in Los AngelesDefense attorney Henry Rios knows how the system can be weighted against you espec

  • Title: The Burning Plain
  • Author: Michael Nava
  • ISBN: 9781480401723
  • Page: 430
  • Format: ebook
  • Attorney Henry Rios fights for his freedom and his life when a homophobic serial killer targets gay men in Los AngelesDefense attorney Henry Rios knows how the system can be weighted against you especially if you re gay His worst nightmare becomes a reality when a man he had been on a date with the night before is slain Relentlessly pursued by a homophobic Los AngeAttorney Henry Rios fights for his freedom and his life when a homophobic serial killer targets gay men in Los AngelesDefense attorney Henry Rios knows how the system can be weighted against you especially if you re gay His worst nightmare becomes a reality when a man he had been on a date with the night before is slain Relentlessly pursued by a homophobic Los Angeles Police Department cop, Rios goes from prime suspect to target when gay men are savagely murdered The victims all suffer the same fate They re beaten to death, with a hate message carved into their bodies, and they re dumped in an alley.Rios must break through a conspiracy of silence that reaches to the highest levels of Los Angeles politics and Hollywood power And the closer he gets to the truth, the closer he gets to becoming an enraged killer s next victim.

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    1. Lena♥Ribka on said:

      What a ride it was! It was not only the longest instalment of the series until now, but also the one with the most thrilling, dark and complex story, full of action and unpredictable twists and turns, andep emotions and heartbreaking moments. The Burning Plain was better than anything I expected. A real page turner. Simply great.

    2. Ije the Devourer of Books on said:

      It is hard to describe what an excellent series this is. Henry really comes into his own here as a bad ass lawyer who isn't afraid to take on the homophobic vigilante bad apples in the LAPD.At the same time having been accused of murder himself and running the gauntlet of all that comes with that, he solves a complicated murder case and during this begins to find some peace and solace after the death of his lover. In this story we can see the tough and compassionate sides of Henry as the story [...]

    3. Giulio on said:

      Aww, another big hit! Compelling mystery, wonderful setting, pertinent reference to L'Inferno di Dante, simply great!"I had learned with Josh that as much as you may want another human being, you don’t really get to have them, not in a possessory way. You don’t own, you absorb them. You adopt a gesture or a figure of speech or a preference for a certain color or kind of food. Then the transfer becomes subtler, a way of seeing things, a way of thinking, feeling. Eventually you can’t tell w [...]

    4. Ulysses Dietz on said:

      The Burning Plain (Henry Rios Mystery #6)By Michael NavaOpen Road Integrated Media, 2013 (originally 1997)Four stars.Whew. “The Burning Plain” is Henry Rios’ journey into hell. It is taut, gripping, written with the same crisp prose and no-nonsense dialogue that characterizes the other books in this fantastic—important—series. It is brilliant. And it’s almost unrelentingly bleak. I thought the death of Josh Mandel was the low point of Henry’s life, but apparently that was just the [...]

    5. Irina on said:

      BRAVO!!!If I could give it 6 stars, I would! The best in the series, by far! Henry Rios gets himself in such a mess, it's impossible to put the book down for a second! Brilliant!

    6. Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~ on said:

      Trigger warning: This book deals with sexual assault of a minor, rape, non-con BDSM and, of course, murder; as well as homophobia both external and internal and gay bashing. Some of these things are only discussed by characters, some are done to characters on page. My theory of the perp was SO WRONG. Oh well, I tried. :)This story takes up a few months after Henry's lover, Josh, dies of AIDS. Henry has multiple legal issues of his own in this book, none made easier by his grief at Josh's passing [...]

    7. Scot on said:

      Sixth in the Henry Rios mystery series. Rios is a gay Latino lawyer who solves crimes and handles criminal defense cases for underdogs. Each novel gives us insight into another aspect of California, and this one focuses on a web of corruption in Hollywood, at a thinly disguised version of Paramount Studios. What values many people will sacrifice to get ahead, and what they are willing to do to others to succeed in Tinseltown is not pretty at all, from Nava's perspective, so a rampant critique of [...]

    8. Julian Jones on said:

      Real life took me away from this book many times over a six month period but, whereas lesser stories would have faded from memory unfinished, I never forgot that I wanted to return to this one. I just finished reading it, and I couldn’t be more excited to now count Michael Nava among my favorite contemporary authors. The Burning Plain is a precisely told detective story set in modern day Los Angeles with lots of gay good guys and bad guys. The protagonist is a lawyer but the legal complexities [...]

    9. Benjamin on said:

      Michael Nava's sixth Henry Rios mystery marks a change to a more philosophical style and even more involved plot. The likeable gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios, still recovering from the recent loss of his lover Josh to AIDS, first becomes involved in what turns out to be a series of ever increasingly complex mysteries when he is asked to defend a young hustler. Infatuated with the young man Henry later unwisely spends the night with him, the next day the hustler is found brutally murdered. Henry i [...]

    10. Antonella on said:

      Beautiful, dark, realistic, gripping. I loved it. Of course I was already in love with the book starting with the quote from Dante's ''Inferno'' at the beginning, and the reference to Dante recurs in the whole book. The evil character is really evil and not a stereotype of evilness. I liked the fact that Nava didn't (view spoiler)[go for the easy happy ending in Rod's story (hide spoiler)]. Also the analysis of the mechanism of power in Hollywood and in L.A. is brilliant and not delivered as a s [...]

    11. Averin on said:

      Probably the highest body count in the series, but it was the references to Josh that made me cry three times. (view spoiler)[Even at the end, Henry doesn't get a break with the swipe from Josh's mom about the memorial (hide spoiler)]. Brutal book, not tempered by Nava's wonderful command of language.

    12. Mark on said:

      Everything I've written about Nava is true here times 100. He's giving us a little tour through Hell worthy of James Ellroy and though it's a grim ride, it's thoroughly engrossing, convincing and sadly accurate. The story never flags and the truth never stops hurting. However, he gives us just enough hope to keep on going. And that's all we need.

    13. Neet on said:

      The 6th in the Henry Rios mysteries is the most poignant and powerful. We find Henry in the start of the novel in a battle with his ex-lover, Josh, parents to fulfill his last wish.That wish was to be cremated and his ashes to be shared with his loved ones. Josh parents,who are Jewish are against this and want their son buried in the family plot. The legal battle has been going on for months, while Josh's withered remains lay on ice in the LA morgue. Henry wants to fulfill Josh's wishes not only [...]

    14. Adam Dunn on said:

      I haven't given a book in this series yet five stars and I really wanted it to be this one. It's not that I'm not enjoying the series, I am, it may be the best series I've read, but each individual volume seems to be not as good as the whole. It's still very good, just not perfect.In this latest very good installment, the longest by far at 395 pages, Rios himself is involved in the murder and must clear his name to get out of it. The book starts very well, vividly depicting the Forest Lawn cemet [...]

    15. LARRY on said:

      As posted in [amazon]:This is my third or fourth Henry Rios book. So far, I enjoy reading them. Henry Rios is a gay Hispanic lawyer who is a recovering alcoholic. Not too long after burying his lover, Josh, from AIDS, Henry finds himself as a suspect of a murder. The victim was a hustler that Henry spent the night and had a brief spat before they went their own ways. A few hours later, the hustler is found dead. Henry is cleared as a suspect after 2 more gay men are found murdered. Of course, He [...]

    16. _inbetween_ on said:

      This really well written book has a surprisingly low rating on GoodReads. I hadn't realised it was the second to last, not the second in this series about a gay laywer. It's set again in that tedious old LA, but Nava truly uses it as the Dante-an circle of hell, with unobstrusive but fitting imagery. An amazon review of an earlier book revealed that Nava or Henry Rios have serious top/bottom issues (and I fear papi/boy issues; both are a bit older than eg. Wilson and his Justice, whose third nov [...]

    17. Michael Flick on said:

      “The Burning Plain” is the sixth of seven books by Michael Nava in his Henry Rios series. This one is about 50% longer than the previous books. When is too much not enough?Rios makes his way though a complex serial murder mystery in the movie business in toxic Los Angeles. In a late, underdeveloped subplot, he manages to complicate, maybe even destroy, the life of a gay 16 year-old brother of one of the victims. The body count is high, the murders grisly, the police not just evil but complic [...]

    18. Kim on said:

      This was my first Michael Nava book but it won't be my last. I enjoyed Henry Rios's voice and his way if thinking. My main complaint was that there were just too many characters here to follow and too many story lines to keep track of. When the gay teenager whose parents want to convert the gay out of him came into the scene, I wanted to shout, "Enough already! Let's get back to the murders!" But, in spite of these minor criticisms, I'm looking forward to reading more of Nava's work.

    19. Susan on said:

      Michael Nava wrote a series of legal/mystery novels featuring Henry Rios that are wonderful and then he quit. For years. And then last year he brought Henry back and again this year and I'm so glad. Henry is a lawyer in Los Angeles. He's Hispanic and he's gay and he's so very human. The Burning Plan centers around gay bashing but with a twist. The story is gripping and the characters are both real and fascinating. I sure hope Henry is back to stay.

    20. Writerlibrarian on said:

      The darkest and bleakest novel in the series yet. Henry faces life after Josh's death. He stumbles into a web of intrigue, violence, deception and power. Caught between his grief and being accused of murder, Henry makes his way through darkness. This is not a happy book but it is Nava's most important plot, he doesn't cut corners, doesn't cheat on the bleak outcome. It's a hard read but a good one. Most definitely 3 1/2 stars.

    21. Mina MacLeod on said:

      I love Henry Rios like burning. His mysteries have an interesting twist because he is not a detective (although sometimes he employs one) he is a criminal defense lawyer. He just happens to unravel interesting cases.

    22. Michael on said:

      “The Burning Plain” is a darkly disturbing murder mystery whose central theme is internalized homophobia and the violent crimes committed within the gay community (both out and closeted). It was my least favorite of the Henry Rios novels, so far; the ending was just too unsatisfying.

    23. Kazuhide(KAZ) Ichikawa on said:

      What else can I say? Henry Rios is my hero. I'm in love with him. No joking, I learned lot from him about life in this world. The series always contains the great essence of entertainment as mistery and sharp analysis towards life.Henry Rios series is the one I always recomend to my friends.

    24. A Michael on said:

      I am disappointed in the lead character. He lacks the intellect that I would expect of an attorney in the loot's situations, which makes the plot seem a bit too contrived. The end seemed to just stop and tie up loose ends.

    25. Spitz on said:

      A hellish landscape with truly evil people in it--haven't read something this dark and despairing for a long time. Even though it gave me nightmares, I recommend it--for capturing a sense of time and place, and for the precise, dry but somehow beautiful prose.

    26. Rod on said:

      I have now read all 8 Henry Rio mysteries, and I am sad that Michael Nava isn't writing anymore

    27. Marshall Thornton on said:

      The longest of the series and in my opinion one of the best, if not the best.

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