Burning Down the House by Lev Raphael
(Nick Hoffman Mysteries)

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Nick Hoffman's State University of Michigan is a place where the Borgias and the Marx Brothers would be equally at home. Heading into the Christmas season, SUM is being torn apart by bizarre attempts to make it more diverse while an autocratic new provost pushes for a White Studies program and Nick faces not only a tenure battle but conflicting requests for support in a battle for department chair.

With his professional life a mix of seasonal chaos and departmental warfare, Nick discovers that he's not only attracted to the outrageously sexy Juno Dromgoole and disturbed by these disorienting new feelings in his life, but also the target, along with Juno, of a vicious harassment campaign that escalates into stalking, assault, and attempted murder. There's certainly no shortage of suspects, only solid clues. The decisions Nick faces may change his life forever...if he survives.

 

About Lev Raphael

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Lev Raphael is the author of fifteen books and known internationally as the chronicler of the lives of the children of Holocaust survivors. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, among many prizes, his short works have appeared in two dozen anthologies. He performs all over the country at Jewish Book Fairs and has a weekly book show on NPR.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Walker & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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A stalker bent on ridding the world of Juno seems to have Nick in his sights as well, but when he gets beaten up in the washroom of EAR’s headquarters, decrepit Parker Hall, the campus cops, led by belligerent Detective Valley, suspect Nick of complicity.

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In Raphael's disappointing fourth book featuring untenured professor and amateur detective Nick Hoffman, Juno Dromgoole, an English professor at the State University of Michigan, wants to find out who's been harassing her with anonymous phone calls urging her to "Get out!"—and to become chair (th...

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I mean maybe Nick and Stefan have been together for a long time, and Nick, who has been gay all his life is questioning some issues of gender and attraction, but with this harridan?

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Too much space is given to Nick's indecision as to whether to follow his friend and colleague Juno and buy a gun.

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Unlike the previous Nick books, which were termed mysteries, the cover states that this is a "Nick Hoffman novel."

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