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'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.
--Miguel de Cervantes

Hidden Identity
The Jimmy McSwain Files #1
AuthorAdam Carpenter
ISBN#978-1-608209392 (print) $14.99
 MLR-1-02014-0251 (ebook) $6.99
Release DateMay 2014
Length: (*)56,000 words
Heat Rating:Moderate
Categories:Mystery (ebook)

When Jimmy McSwain is hired to find missing heir Harris Rothschild, he finds that identities can be altered and lives can be changed--or taken with the simple pull of the trigger.

Jimmy McSwain is a New York City private detective, operating out of Hell's Kitchen, the rough and tumble neighborhood he grew up in. At age fourteen, he watched as his NYPD father was gunned down. Now, at age twenty-eight, gay, Jimmy has never given up pursuit of whoever killed him. But a PI must make a living, and so he's taken on the case of missing heir Harris Rothschild, whose overbearing father doesn't approve of his "alternate" lifestyle.Tracking down Harris is easier than expected, but the carnage that follows isn't. With a shocking murder on his hands, and a threat coming from some unforeseen person, Jimmy's caseload is suddenly full, and very dangerous.


"Jimmy McSwain is an excellent addition to the annals of the gay private eye--this is a very smart, cool, and fun start to what I hope will be a long-running series."
--Greg Herren, Lambda Award-winning author of the Chanse McLeod series

"In the long tradition of stories about Manhattan's West Side and Hell's Kitchen, the once rough-and-tumble stronghold of working class Irish Americans, Carpenter joins the dynamic ranks of Block and Berkowitz. Hidden Identity introduces readers to Jimmy McSwain, an equally rough-and-tumble, working class, Irish American PI who, like his neighborhood, isn't quite what he appears to be. Equally comfortable in low rent dives, beer-soaked pubs and Dress-Up Clubs as he is on Broadway, McSwain gallivants about his city with confidence and swagger. Seeking closure for one family, Jimmy struggles under the weight of his guilt at failing to do the same for his own. A simple case-turned-grisly sets our hero on a path---littered with equal parts grit and glitter---in search of the truth behind more than one hidden identity."
--Anthony Bidulka, Lambda-nominated author of the Russell Quant series

"Jimmy McSwain is a tough-guy private eye with a taste for Broadway shows -- a new kind of gay hero who comes to life in the pages of Adam Carpenter's HIDDEN IDENTITY. As a man who's accustomed to wearing masks, he's just the guy to solve this case, which revolves around the often dangerous differences between our inner and outer identities."
--Neil S. Plakcy, Lambda-nominated author of the Mahu series

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