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The Back Passage

(2006)
(The first book in the Mitch Mitchell series)
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A seaside village, an English country house, a family of wealthy eccentrics and their equally peculiar servants, a determined detective - all the ingredients are here for a cozy Agatha Christie-style whodunit.

But wait.... Edward "Mitch" Mitchell is no Hercule Poirot, and The Back Passage is no Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Mitch is a handsome, insatiable 22-year-old hunk who never lets a clue stand in the way of a steamy encounter, whether it's with the local constabulary, the house secretary, or his school chum and fellow athlete Boy Morgan, who becomes his Watson when they're not busy boffing each other.

When Reg Walworth is found dead in a cabinet, Sir James Eagle has his servant Meeks immediately arrested as the killer. But Mitch's observant eye pegs more plausible possibilities: polysexual chauffeur Hibbert, queenly pervert Leonard Eagle, missing scion Rex, sadistic copper Kennington, even Sir James Eagle himself.

Blackmail, police corruption, a dizzying network of spyholes and secret passages, watersports, and a nonstop queer orgy backstairs and everyplace else mark this hilariously hard-core mystery by a major new talent.


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Paperback Editions

April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Back Passage
Author(s): James Lear
ISBN: 1-57344-243-7 / 978-1-57344-243-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cleis Press
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Audio Editions

December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Back Passage
Author(s): James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Back Passage
Author(s): James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
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December 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Back Passage
Author(s): James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2006 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Back Passage
Author(s): James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU