16 Great Books to Read This Week

From gay surfing detectives to male flight attendants, lesbian werewolves, and confused boys escaping Gypsies, the rapture, or themselves, here are some fun reads.

BY Nick Pachelli

March 25 2013 7:00 AM ET

Zero Break: A Mahu Investigation by Neil S. Plakcy (MLR Press)

Gay mystery writer Neil Plakcy returns with his sixth novel of the acclaimed Mahu series. A young mother is murdered in Hawaii and leaves behind a complex web of business relationships and family turmoil. To solve her murder, openly gay Honolulu detective Kimo Kanapa'aka and his partner Ray Donne have to venture into deadly waters (that's the zero break, which is both metaphoric and literal). Relationships are at stake for Kimo, as well, and he must battle his most trying case yet. Plakcy, a gay surfer and native Hawaiian, still knows how to keep up the pace and keeps readers itching to turn the page. Bonus: You'll like the author's description of the word "mahu" even if you don't like mysteries. (MLRBooks.com, $14.99)

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