Michael Nava, whose latest novel in the Henry Rios mystery series is titled “Carved in Bone,” is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky.
When Michael Nava began writing his Henry Rios mysteries in the late 1980s, the only other mystery writer with a gay male detective was Joseph Hansen. But Henry Rios is more: one of the first Latino noir detectives in American literature.
Michael Nava finished the series several years ago, but when rights reverted, he chose to revise and publish the books himself. The first novel in the series, “The Little Death,” was completely rewritten as “Lay Your Sleeping Head” in 2016, and “Carved in Bone,” a new novel that serves as a sequel to that, as well as a bridge to the later Rios novels, was published in 2019.
Michael Nava’s novel “Lay Your Sleeping Head” is now a kpfa.org podcast, adapted and produced by Michael Nava.