After his exciting debut in The Combat Zone, detective-for-hire Cody Harper finds himself in the sights of Rodney Jessup, a pious reverend turned failed presidential candidate. Despite Jessup's involvement with the Combat Zone killer, Cody finds himself unable to refuse the job: he must discover who has been threatening Jessup and his family… or die trying.
As his investigation heats up in New York City and gets ever more dangerous, Cody meets Tony Vargas, Jessup's bodyguard, and the two realize an immediate connection that is more than just physical. With the help of Tony and Desdemona, Cody's gorgeous cross-dressing persona, Cody intends to close this case quickly and throw the perpetrator in prison. But can things really be that easy? Or is there much more to this case than meets the beautifully mascaraed eye?
Vincent Wilde is the author of numerous novels and short stories, and is an ardent fan of mysteries. The Combat Zone is his first novel for Cleis Press. Some of his writing influences include Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and any work by the exquisite Bronte sisters. Vincent lives in Florida and is at work on a second Cody Harper novel for Cleis.