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Howtown A controversial case brings lawyer Henry Rios back home to Oakland and into the sights of a stone cold killerIt s been almost a decade since Henry Rios has seen his sister Elena A troubled family his

  • Title: Howtown
  • Author: Michael Nava
  • ISBN: 9781480401822
  • Page: 455
  • Format: ebook
  • A controversial case brings lawyer Henry Rios back home to Oakland and into the sights of a stone cold killerIt s been almost a decade since Henry Rios has seen his sister, Elena A troubled family history has left them both with unhappy memories But his visit with his sister isn t the reunion he imagined She s asking him to defend Paul Windsor, someone they had grown upA controversial case brings lawyer Henry Rios back home to Oakland and into the sights of a stone cold killerIt s been almost a decade since Henry Rios has seen his sister, Elena A troubled family history has left them both with unhappy memories But his visit with his sister isn t the reunion he imagined She s asking him to defend Paul Windsor, someone they had grown up with who has a history of pedophilia and has just been charged with murder after his fingerprints were found at a crime scene.The victim, who peddled child pornography, was tortured before he was bludgeoned to death in a motel room The investigation takes Rios back to his old neighborhood and down a twisting trail of blackmail, jealousy, and tainted love Forced to confront his demons, he ll face off with some hard truths about himself and with a merciless killer.

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    1. Lena♥Ribka on said:

      "Sometimes I defend someone because I think he deserves a break, or maybe just becuase I like him. And sometimes I do it because, whatever the guy's done, worse has been done to him. And sometimes I do it for money. And sometimes I do it because no one else will. Like this case."It was a difficult case for Henry Rios. Normally I empathize with Henry Rios clients, I feel for them, but how to sympathize with Paul Windsor? Does Paul, who had been already charged of child molestation in the past and [...]

    2. Ije the Devourer of Books on said:

      For me this is the darkest Rios book so far. It felt like an episode of Law and Order; dark and gritty, fast-paced, fascinating court procedures and politics, and dubious crime investigating. The defendant was not a likeable person but neither were the police or judges. I think having such a morally flawed cast of characters made it more enjoyable to read because I wasn't emotionally invested in any of them, instead I just wanted Henry to discover the truth and of course he does following some d [...]

    3. Ulysses Dietz on said:

      Howtown (Henry Rios mystery, 3)Michael NavaOpen Road Integrated Media, 2013 (originally published 1990)Five stars“…I have a bad feeling about the way they do justice in my hometown…”Tight, gripping, and darker than ever, Michael Nava’s “Howtown” takes Henry Rios back to his roots in the most unpleasant possible way. Having moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to be with Josh, Henry is called to his sister’s house in Oakland, where he’s asked to get in touch with a childhood f [...]

    4. Giulio on said:

      A slow beginning, filled with too much courtroom procedure (according to my taste), but from the second half on it became really exciting.Henry Rios is a great character and Mr Nava proved himself once again a great author, even when dealing with such an unpleasant topic as paedophilia and child abuse. I’d never felt so much a part of another person as I did then; it was what sex was supposed to be like but, as I discovered soon enough, seldom was.The look that says, if you’re poor, there mu [...]

    5. Becky Black on said:

      This was a tough story to listen to. But a series about a lawyer isn't going to be complete without tackling the subject of defending a client the lawyer finds personally repulsive.It's a good dilemma. The guy's undoubtedly guilty of all kinds of awful stuff, but what if he's not guilty of this particular crime? When the murder victim is possibly even more appalling, then the temptation has to be to just let the defendant take the rap, guilty or not and decide the real killer did the world a fav [...]

    6. Ami on said:

      The third book in Henry Rios mystery brings Henry back to his home town and his estranged sister, when he is asked to defend a pedophile who has been accused of murder. I was surprised by the amount of animosity I had for the defendant. I despise pedophile as much as I despise rapist. While the background of his life, an almost cliché reason of childhood abuse, which psychologically can add to his adult behavior did made me have small sympathy, I still couldn't really like him as a character. B [...]

    7. Marshall Thornton on said:

      My second time reading this series. It's excellent and this book in particular is good. Almost finished and I don't know who did it. Not always an important thing for me. In the second book, I knew early on and still enjoyed it immensely.

    8. _inbetween_ on said:

      *contains comparisons and a question*Touted as his most daring/cutting novel, it wasn't actually that much about child molestation, certainly nowhere near what British novels and TV series unearthed and portrayed. But asides here and there made me think Nava might know more, for whatever reason deciding not to go deeper.Similarly, and more positively, the judicial details are never dry, boring or overbearing. Josh is bearable. The calamity of the two guys framing a paedophile (and victim) for th [...]

    9. Neet on said:

      This is the third in the Henry Rio's mysteries and we get more into Henry's past and learn a little more about his family. To say that Henry came from a dysfunctional family would be an understatement. Henry had an abusive alcoholic father who ignored or was brutal to his wife and children. Henry had a sister named Elena, who though older,( by 5 years) wasn't really there emotionally for her brother.In actuality, neither sibling was there for each other, instead of coming together in the battles [...]

    10. Michael Flick on said:

      “How Town” is the third of seven books by Michael Nava in his Henry Rios series. Criminal defense lawyer Rios has moved to Los Angeles so that his native, HIV-positive, much younger lover can be closer to his parents. The case takes Rios back to where he grew up in Los Robles (a thinly disguised Stockton)--this is Central Valley noir. There’s more backstory for Rios, fleshing him out a little, and his lover, Josh, appears more (inappropriately at times)--you know he’ll figure more promin [...]

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

      Trigger warning: The case in this book centers around a pedophile and there is discussion/description of pedophilia.This is a very uncomfortable book to read. Even if you think the defendant is guilty of the crime he's being accused of, he's still a self-professed child molester. I'd have had no problem seeing him rot in jail for the rest of his days, even if it was for the wrong crime. Henry's a good lawyer though, and as he mentions early on, you have to separate emotion from the law. No one's [...]

    12. Scot on said:

      Third in the mystery series for Henry Rios, gay Latino lawyer in California. The plot is stronger and more compelling in this book. Nava spends more time on court procedure and preparation techniques than he did in the previous books, but he makes these details useful as he weaves them into the storyline's advancement. The setting is a Central Valley city called Los Robles (which is a thinly disguised Stockton), Henry's boyhood home to which he returns to represent a child molester in a murder c [...]

    13. Elizabeth on said:

      Lawyer Henry Rios travels north to the area where he grew up to take a case as a favor to his estranged sister. Henry had a very painful childhood as did his sister but they both had led their past in different ways.He refers to his hometown as How Town, a phrase taken from an E. E. Cummings poem called 'anyone lived in a pretty how town'."women and men (both little and small)cared for anyone not at allthey sowed their isn't they reaped their samesun moon stars and rain.'The case is a difficult [...]

    14. Benjamin on said:

      How Town, the third in Michael Nava's series about the gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios, has him reluctantly taking on the case of a known child molester Paul Windsor, the brother of Henry's best friend from his school days, now accused of murder. The evidence against Paul is weak at best, suspicious at the worst.Taking the case means returning to his home town, leaving Josh, his HIV-positive lover, to fend for himself, but on Josh's insistence Henry takes the case. As Henry's investigations procee [...]

    15. Surreysmum on said:

      [These notes were made in 1992:]. The title is from a poem by e.e. cummings, but this is not just a modern novel, it's an up-to-the-minute one, reflecting today's biggest concerns - AIDS, child abuse, corruption in law enforcement, racism. Rios is a Hispanic Los Angeles lawyer whose lover, Josh, is HIV-positive. Rios goes back to his home turf - a narrow-minded small town (hence the title) to defend a client accused of murder. His client is innocent, but unlikely to get a fair trial in that smal [...]

    16. Mina MacLeod on said:

      I liked this novel, but not as much as the previous ones. While I appreciated the moral/ethics conflict and Henry's rationale for defending his client, I did not have much sympathy for the defendant. I also harbor an extreme dislike for Henry's lover, Josh. I've tried sympathizing with him--and I do, after a fashion--but I just find that while Henry certainly has his faults, Josh tends to villainize him.What I like about these novels is the bit of a spin on the mystery genre. Henry is not a sleu [...]

    17. Writerlibrarian on said:

      The best part of this Henry Rios novel is the ethical, moral and justice dilemma Henry is facing. Rios has made peace with all three of these with pain and time. But the call for help from his estranged sister to defend his childhood best friend brother makes Henry face those issues again. Defending the almost indefensible, a child molester accused of murder, Henry untangles dark secrets and hangs on to the notion that justice is important even if the person is morally and ethically no worth it. [...]

    18. Amy on said:

      I read this. month? Oops, forgot to update when I read.Book wasokay. I thought I had picked up the first in the series, and I goofed on that. Reading others might have helped me actually care about these characters more. The writinge writing was awesome. Some great descriptions of characters and such that I really enjoyed. But either the plot was lacking tension or was me loosing my enjoyment to read. I dunno. It took me a long time to get through this book, and I pretty much read it on my work [...]

    19. Michael on said:

      With a title that comes from an E.E. Cummings poem (“anyone lived in a pretty how town”), “How Town” is a brave and ambitious novel in which, lawyer Henry Rios takes on the case of a heterosexual child molester falsely accused of murder. The story grapples not only with the whodunit elements, but also with the ghosts of Rios’s past, his own revulsion toward pedophilia, and his coming to terms with the fact that most child molesters were once victims of sexual abuse themselves.

    20. Jonathan Gagnon on said:

      I read L'enfance du crime which is the french translation of Howtown. It is the third book in the Henry Rios Mysteries Series and I really liked it. The author added layers to his main character Henry Rios and the interactions between the characters are very interesting. I also liked the court aspect in this book.I'd recommend this book to anyone that like mystery novel with gay protagonists.Sorry for my bad english; my main language is french

    21. Adam Dunn on said:

      A good addition to the series, not my favourite.I liked that the crime wasn't necessarily gay related, that the gay lawyer can take on other cases. I liked the background into Henry's childhood and thought it was smart to ship Josh off for most of the book. I kind of knew who did it right away, there's only about three suspects and it's not hard to winnow them down.The pace of the story was good but could have been better. Nava writes very well.

    22. Kim on said:

      How Town is certainly the tightest Henry Rios book that I've read so far. The subject matter is difficult to read about, but Nava did a good job of dealing with such an awful subject and keeping the case on track. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Henry actually having interactions that brought his Mexican heritage into play, something that I hadn't really seen in other other Nava books I've read.

    23. KC on said:

      This is the 3rd book in the Henry Rios mystery series. It's a terrific read and the writing is wonderful. Minimalist, poetic descriptions make places and emotions come alive and alternate with a powerful story - both Henry Rios' personal story and the case that he's working on this time. Highly recommended!

    24. Jon on said:

      My favorite of the Henry Rios novels, though a very tough read as it's hard to feel any symphathy for pedophile, yet Nava's mastery of storytelling draws the reader into this deft mysteryexcellent!

    25. Mark on said:

      What I wrote about Joseph Hansen’s Dave Brandstetter’s mysteries, also goes for Michel Nava’s excellent detective novels, starring privaye eye Henry Rios. It’s fun to read well written detective novels that are set smack dab in the middle of gay life, in L.A. in the eighties, that is.

    26. Veenayraja on said:

      Woops, I another Rios book that I read out of order. But the writing is fantastic and back story allows for easy grasp of what happened in previous novels. Professional touch. In depth characterizations and descriptions, fine story arc. Recommended.

    27. Lori S. on said:

      3 1/2 stars A quick, enjoyable read, interesting narrator and characters all around. It's interesting to get the lawyer's point of view for a change. Definitely going to find the rest of the series.4 stars Gregory St. John really brings Henry to life.

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