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Nava, Michael

Works: 31 works in 176 publications in 6 languages and 6,156 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Legal fiction (Literature)  Thrillers (Fiction)  Novels  Biography  Essays  Creative nonfiction  Biographies  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3564.A8746, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Nava
Created equal : why gay rights matter to America by Michael Nava( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why should Americans who are not gay care about gay rights?" "In Created Equal, Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff argue that the movement for gay equality is central to the continuing defense of individual liberty in America. Beginning with an examination of the determined assault on gay issues by the religious right, the authors show how this sectarian movement to legislate private religious morality into law undermines the purpose of American constitutional government: the protection of the individual's right to determine how best to live his or her life." "The book starts from the premise that gay and lesbians are, first and foremost, American citizens, and then looks to what rights belong to every individual American citizen, arguing from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Addressing their argument to the great majority of their fellow Americans, Dawidoff and Nava emphasize that what is at stake is not the fate of the gay community, but the future of constitutional principle and the rights of free individuals in American society"--Jacket
The death of friends by Michael Nava( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Los Angeles, Henry Rios, a gay Mexican-American criminal defense attorney, is asked by a young homosexual to protect him from suspicion in the murder of his lover, a state supreme court judge. By the author of The Hidden Law
Rag and bone by Michael Nava( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gay Mexican American attorney Henry Rios is recovering from a heart attack when he learns that he has a niece that is charged with killing her abusive husband
The burning plain by Michael Nava( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still reeling after the death of his former lover, criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios unwisely falls for a young actor whom he had successfully defended on trumped-up burglary charges. But just hours after a date with Rios, the man is brutally murdered -- and the trail of circumstantial evidence leads an unscrupulous police detective to Rios' doorstep. And when a second young man, and then a third, are found dead, Rios must fight not only to exonerate himself, but to save his very life. --
The hidden law by Michael Nava( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In just three novels, Michael Nava has established himself as one of the most accomplished, literate suspense writers working today. The Hidden Law, the fourth novel in Nava's award-winning series, sets gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios searching Los Angeles's underside for a powerful politician's murderer. State Senator Gus Peña has far too many enemies. In the fierce, competitive world of LA politics, savage rivalries are, of course, a given, especially for a suavely corrupt veteran like Peña, who will do anything to become mayor. He has also created enemies in the family of the elderly man he killed while driving drunk and even in his own family, which he has long treated with disdainful brutality. But when he's gunned down by a shadowy figure wearing a Chicano gang's colors, the suspect the cops arrest is Michael Ruiz, a bitter, confused teenager with whom Peña had fought violently at the drug rehab center they both attended. Ruiz proudly confesses to Peña's murder and refuses to help Rios defend him, but Rios detects a flaw in the teenager's description of Peña's killing that points to an even more unlikely suspect. As Rios battles high-powered politicians and Ruiz himself, who are united in their desire to imprison him quickly, Rios must fight a more poignant battle to accept the departure of his lover, Josh, whose life is slowly being claimed by AIDS. There is a wealth of deftly wrought suspense in The Hidden Law, but the novel offers much more besides: flawless, moving prose, grittily realized depictions of inner-city LA, crystalline characterizations and, in Henry Rios, a compassionate, ingenious, and thoroughly convincing hero." --
How town : a novel of suspense by Michael Nava( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this third suspense novel by an award-winning writer, Henry Rios, a gay Hispanic lawyer based in Los Angeles, tries to clear a client falsely accused of the murder of a child pornographer and finds a secret buried for fifteen years and a man who has already killed to keep it hidden
Goldenboy by Michael Nava( Book )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gay attorney Henry Rios, hero of Nava's previous The Little Death, appears here for the first time in hardcover, venturing from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to solve a series of grisly murders in a fast-paced novel that is as troubling as it is entertaining. When a gay teenager is arrested for the murder of a co-worker, who threatened to expose his homosexuality, Rios is called to L.A. by Larry Ross, a close friend and fellow lawyer who is dying of AIDS; too ill to rise to the boy's defense himself, Ross asks Rios to 'balance the accounts' by preserving the accused murderer's life in exchange for Ross's own. Both, he explains, are afflicted by the same diseasethe bigotry that 'shows itself in letting people die of AIDS, making it so difficult for them to come out that it's easier to murder.' Nava's palpable anger at that prejudice and its tragic consequences comes through with an urgency that transcends the central detective story. Despite a shamelessly sentimental ending, it is the many rough edges of Goldenboy that linger in the reader's mind long after the breathless conclusion." --
The little death by Michael Nava( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to Michael Nava and his engaging young criminal lawyer, Henry Rios. Dark and tangled as is the plot of The Little Death, it is about unmistakably real people, living in a real world, and coping with real problems. Nava handles the homosexual element of his story thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and without a trace of sensationalism
The city of palaces : a novel by Michael Nava( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of Miguel Sarmiento, a doctor, his aristocratic wife, and young son as they are caught up the Mexican Revolution and the political upheavals and chaos that follows the collapse of the old order
Finale( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight short stories of mystery and suspence by Phil Andros, Katherine V. Forrest, Michael Nava, a.o
Lay your sleeping head : a Henry Rios mystery by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirty years ago, The Little Death introduced Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer who became the central figure in a celebrated seven novel series. In a brilliant reimagination of The Little Death, Lay Your Sleeping Head retains all the complexity and elegance of the plot of the original novel but deepens the themes of personal alienation and erotic obsession that both honored the traditions of the American crime novel and turned them on their head. Henry Rios, a gifted and humane lawyer driven to drink by professional failure and personal demons, meets a charming junky struggling to stay clean. He tells Rios an improbable tale of long-ago murders in his wealthy family. Rios is skeptical, but the erotic spark between them ignites an obsessive affair that ends only when the man's body is discovered with a needle in his arm on the campus of a great California university. Rios refuses to believe his lover's death was an accidental overdose. His hunt for the killer takes him down San Francisco's mean streets and into Nob Hill mansions where he uncovers the secrets behind a legendary California fortune and the reason the man he loved had to die." --
The little death by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three poets : James Byers, Michael Nava, David Owen( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Street people : a novella by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ben Manso drifts through life, working as a rent boy, until a casual encounter with an eight-year-old street kid named Bobby at a convenience store changes everything. When Ben sees Bobby again, the boy is with a man who claims to be Bobby's father, but Ben suspects the man is a pedophile and the boy his captive. A third encounter draws Ben deeper into Bobby's drama and forces him to face his own haunted past. After Ben's well-intentioned plan to rescue Bobby puts the boy in even greater danger, Ben is forced to make a life-changing choice. Street People is the story of lives at the margin, about the throw-away people we see without seeing, and the real meaning of family." -- back cover of work
In einer Stadt so nett Kriminalroman by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der kleine Tod Kriminalroman by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The little death : the first Henry Rios mystery by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Todes Nähe by Michael Nava( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shadow within : internalized homophobia in gay men and same-sex domestic violence by Michael Nava( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boys like us : gay writers tell their coming out stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Boys Like Us presents the true "coming out" stories of a stellar line-up of gay writers, spanning two generations. Written specifically for this collection, these are powerful, often stunning evocations of the primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men. Coming out is undeniably central to every gay man's life, but the phrase encompasses multiple meanings. Here are accounts of revealing one's sexual identity to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers and, in one notable instance, to a stockbroker. Men tell of their first sexual encounters from their preteens to their thirties, with childhood friends who rejected or tenderly embraced them, with professors, with neighbors, with a Broadway star. One man writes of his marriage to a lesbian poet, another of leaving his wife for a male lover. Several selections reveal the autobiographical underpinnings of famous novels. These are intense, sometimes unexpectedly funny tales of romance and heartbreak, repression and liberation, rape and first love--defining moments. Arranged chronologically from Manhattan in the late '40s to San Francisco in the early '90s, these personal essays ultimately form a documentary of changing social and sexual mores in the United States during the last half-century--a literary, biographical, sociological, and historical tour de force
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Created equal : why gay rights matter to America
The death of friendsRag and boneThe burning plainThe hidden lawHow town : a novel of suspenseGoldenboyThe little deathFinale
Alternative Names
Michael Nava American writer

Michael Nava Amerikaans schrijver

Michael Nava escritor estadounidense

Michael Nava US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Rechtsanwalt

ナーヴァ, マイケル

English (124)

French (17)

German (11)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (5)

Czech (2)