The Chicken Asylum by Fred Hunter
An Alex Reynolds Mystery (Alex Reynolds Mysteries)

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When Alex Reynolds, his lover Peter Livesay, and his mother Jean-occasional freelance operatives for the CIA-are asked to stash an Iraqi military defector in their home, all three are less than thrilled. It turns out the defector is an 18-year-old soldier who has ties to a terrorist organization and, to further complicate matters, is gay. But the real trouble begins when the young man mysteriously disappears, and suddenly Alex, Peter and Jean find themselves in the middle of a very dangerous game.

About Fred Hunter

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Fred Hunter is the author of eight previous novels in the Ransom/Charters series, most recently "The Mummy's Ransom," as well as five novels in the Alex Reynolds series. He lives in Chicago.
Published October 5, 2001 by Minotaur Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The fit between the defector and his protectors seems ideal until Alex and Peter, feeling sorry for their cooped-up charge, take him to a gay bar, and a second visit to Charlene’s ends in gunfire, an anonymous fatality, and James’s abrupt departure.

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Hunter seems to think that by populating his fictional universe with a gay couple—ditzy, decent Alex and his bluff, buff partner Peter—and by tossing in the lugubrious figure of Alex's mother, Jean, a tedious stage Brit who does everything but sport a parrot and an eye patch, he can get away with...

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