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General Information

Name:  Mary Wings  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Mary Wings on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Wings was born and raised in Chicago. She studied at Shimer College when it was in Mount Carroll.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Wings is an author, artist and musician. She is best known for her series of detective novels featuring lesbian heroine Emma Victor. Born Mary Geller, she adopted the name, Mary Wings, in 1972. In 1973, Wings made history by releasing ''Come Out Comix'', the first lesbian underground comic book. Wings has also contributed to two anthologies, ''Murder for Mother'' and ''Vengeance is Hers''. She currently lives in San Francisco, California.

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Titles At Your Library

Divine Victim
ISBN: 0452272106

Plume. 1994

The Narrator's lesbian lover, Marya, inherits a large, eerie Montana home, and the two women find a house full of unsolved mysteries

She Came Too Late
ISBN: 0704339951

Women's Press. 1986

In 1987 Mary Wings introduced the character of Emma Victor, and a legend was born. Emma Victor was described by Publishers Weekly as "an interesting and thoroughly likable protagonist" and by Inside Books as "one of the best new detectives around. She's smart and funny and she can sling a one-liner like nobody's business." Wings was hailed as "one of the most exciting authors to find her niche in lesbian mystery writing." She Came Too Late is the first of five sharp-witted and fast-paced books in the Emma Victor series, which counts among its fans, Sandra Scoppettone, Sally Gearhart, and Barbara Wilson. Wisecracking and willful, Emma sets about tracking down a killer as she unearths secrets about high-society Bostonians and a financially failing women's clinic. Discover what legions of fans around the world already know: Emma Victor is a force to be reckoned with, and her creator, Mary Wings, is a talent of gigantic proportions.

She Came in a Flash (Plume)
ISBN: 0452263840

Plume. 1990

Emma Victor, a lesbian private eye, searches for her best friend's missing kid sister, who has joined an unusual California religious cult, only to find that the girl has been murdered

She Came by the Book
ISBN: 0425151441

Berkley Trade. 1996

San Francisco private investigator Emma Victor is entrusted with the personal papers of a prominent gay politician assassinated decades earlier, but someone else is willing to commit murder to obtain them, and Emma finds herself unraveling a mess of public affairs and private secrets

She Came to the Castro
ISBN: 042515629X

Berkley Hardcover. 1997

Hired to find a blackmailer and retrieve a devastating videotape, San Francisco private detective Emma Victor becomes embroiled in murder when the blackmailer turns up dead. By the Lambda Award-winning author of She Came by the Book.

She Came in Drag
ISBN: 0425169359

Berkley. 1999

Lesbian private detective Emma Victor is hired to protect rock star Audra Leon, who has been outed--on a national trash TV talk show--by her former high-school sweetheart, Dr. Rita Huelga, and finds herself caught up in a dangerous plot from the past and coping with an army of drag queen lookalikes


'''''Divine Victim'''''

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery, 1993

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