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Mark Zubro

Born:
Pen Name: Mark Richard Zubro

Connection to Illinois: The author lives in Mokena and taught English at West Frankfort High School in Cook County.

Biography: Mark Richard Zubro is an American mystery novelist. He lives in Mokena, Illinois and taught 8th grade English at Summit Hill Jr. High in nearby Frankfort Square, Illinois. Zubro writes bestselling mysteries set in Chicago and the surrounding Cook County area. His novels feature gay themes. His longest running series is the Tom and Scott series which features high school teacher Tom Mason, and Tom's boyfriend, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter. The other series Zubro is known for is the Paul Turner mysteries, which are about a Chicago police detective. The books are a part of the Stonewall Inn Mystery series, published by St. Martin's Press.


Awards:
    '''''A Simple Suburban Murder'''''
  • -- Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1990

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Email: zubrom@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.markzubro.com/
Mark Zubro on WorldCat : http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mark+zubro


Selected Titles

A simple suburban murder
ISBN: 9781466804289 OCLC: 829687251

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1989.

When a gay high school teacher starts investigating a colleague's murder, he finds beneath the calm veneer of his Midwestern suburb a seamy underbelly of gambling, prostitution, and child abuse.

An echo of death
ISBN: 9781466802773 OCLC: 829687240

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1994.

Schoolteacher Tom Mason and baseball pitcher Scott Carpenter arrive home to find a guest killed and the killers waiting to shoot them in turn. A tale of drug trafficking by the author of The Principal Cause of Death.

An echo of death /
ISBN: 0312134800 OCLC: 32698412

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1995.

  Another dead republican
ISBN: 9781370923076 OCLC: 982657211

Another Dead Republican is a mystery of familial destruction set in a world of violent intrigue and deadly ambition. A ringing phone in the middle of the night set Tom Mason and his lover, baseball player, Scott Carpenter on the trail of a vicious killer in a suburban enclave. Tom's brother-in-law has been murdered. Tom rushes to be with his beloved sister. The dead man was the son of the vicious Republican that runs a county. The ruling cabal will stop at nothing to destroy people and lives that get in their way of accumulating more useless wealth.

Another dead Republican /
ISBN: 1608207315 OCLC: 818360019

"Another Dead Republican is a mystery of familial destruction set in a world of violent intrigue and deadly ambition. A ringing phone in the middle of the night set Tom Mason and his lover, baseball player Scott Carpenter, on the trail of a vicious killer in a suburban enclave. Tom's brother-in-law has been murdered. Tom rushes to be with his beloved sister. The dead man was the son of the vicious Republican clerk that runs a county. The ruling cabal will stop at nothing to destroy people and lives that get in their way of accumulating more useless wealth."--Page 4 of cover.

Another dead teenager :
ISBN: 0312142773 OCLC: 34192951

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1995.

Two high-school boys from prominent families are found murdered in Chicago, and gay police detective Paul Turner and his partner are assigned the case.

Are you nuts? /
ISBN: 0312206348 OCLC: 49032097

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1999, ©1998.

A PTA election ends in murder after fighting erupts, provoked by parents opposing gay teachers. The victim is one of the anti-gays and Tom Mason, teacher, turns sleuth to find the killer.

  Black and blue and pretty dead, too
ISBN: 9781370383115 OCLC: 983834806

Paul Turner returns. In his first appearance since 2007, this gay Chicago detective and father of two sons gets caught in a tangle of intrigue and corruption. A brutal Chicago cop is found murdered at a gay leather festival. Turner, plus his police department partner, Buck Fenwick are assigned the case. Through a rising tide of danger, they need to find the truth among police corruption and cover ups. Some top cops and A-list leather queens are among those whose lies and fears drive the web of desperation and deceit that Turner and his partner must unravel.

Black and blue and pretty dead, too /
ISBN: 1608204677 OCLC: 781176848

Paul Turner returns. In his first appearance since 2007, this gay Chicago detective and father of two sons gets caught in a tangle of intrigue and corruption. A brutal Chicago cop is found murdered at a gay leather festival. Turner, plus his police department partner, Buck Fenwick are assigned the case. Through a rising tide of danger, they need to find the truth among police corruption and cover ups. Some top cops and A-list leather queens are among those whose lies and fears drive the web of desperation and deceit that Turner and his partner must unravel.

Dead egotistical morons /
ISBN: 0312266820 OCLC: 51629464

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2003.

When the lead singer of the nation's most popular "boy band" group is murdered in the shower immediately after finishing a concert tour, Chicago police detective Paul Turner finds himself enmeshed in a particularly difficult case.

Drop dead :
ISBN: 9781466805644 OCLC: 829698237

St. Martin's Press, New York : 2011.

Gay detective Paul Turner investigates the death of a male supermodel who fell to his death from a hotel window in Chicago. Suspects range from jealous lovers to financial interests in the fashion industry.

Drop dead :
ISBN: 0312205325 OCLC: 40940112

Gay detective Paul Turner investigates the death of a male supermodel who fell to his death from a hotel window in Chicago. Suspects range from jealous lovers to financial interests in the fashion industry.

Everyone's dead but us /
ISBN: 0312343450 OCLC: 64085053

From the Publisher: Tom Mason, former Chicago area high school teacher, recently made a public splash by marrying his long-term lover, former professional baseball player Scott Carpenter. After the hoopla surrounding Scott's public coming out and, of course, the marriage, the couple are in dire need of a quiet vacation-somewhere far from the fans, the paparazzi and the general noise of Chicago. Escaping to the privately-held Aegean island of Korkasi-a resort with twenty-two separate villas for those desiring, and who can afford, absolute privacy. But first a building storm traps them-and the others-on the island, cutting them off entirely from the outside world. Then the current owner of the island is found murdered, his body lying on the floor of Tom and Scott's villa. As the storm gathers strength and begins to ravage the island, the guests and employees are being killed off by a person or persons unknown. Trapped on the island with no hope of escape, Tom and Scott must uncover and stop the murderer before everyone dies.

File under dead /
ISBN: 0312280971 OCLC: 54685756

Here comes the corpse /
ISBN: 031228098X OCLC: 49225964

Tom Mason and Scott Carpenter's wedding went off without a hitch, but the discovery of a dead body at the reception casts a pall over the event. It gets worse when the body turns out to be an ex-boyfriend of Tom's and he becomes the prime suspect.

Hook, line, and homicide
ISBN: 9781466802889 OCLC: 829393779

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2007.

Murder rudely interrupts the Chicago police detective's annual fishing trek to Canada. Turner has rented two houseboats on Lake of the Woods with his two sons; his lover, Ben; and the family of his detective partner, Buck Fenwick. Though longtime summer visitors, the Chicagoans soon become targets of antigay harassment. When they report a fight between bully Scarth Krohn's gang and First Nation (Canadian Indian) kids, the local police chief sides with the bullies.

Hook, line, and homicide /
ISBN: 031233303X OCLC: 76901943

Murder rudely interrupts the Chicago police detective's annual fishing trek to Canada. Turner has rented two houseboats on Lake of the Woods with his two sons; his lover, Ben; and the family of his detective partner, Buck Fenwick. Though longtime summer visitors, the Chicagoans soon become targets of antigay harassment. When they report a fight between bully Scarth Krohn's gang and First Nation (Canadian Indian) kids, the local police chief sides with the bullies.

Nerds who kill
ISBN: 9781429940436 OCLC: 832349593

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2005.

Paul Turner is a widowed father of two teenaged boys, one of whom has spina bifida, rapidly approaching middle age, and used to dealing gracefully with all the challenges these things entail. Turner, however, is slightly different from others in his situation - he's openly gay and a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department.

Nerds who kill /
ISBN: 0312333013 OCLC: 57434377

Paul Turner is a widowed father of two teenaged boys, one of whom has spina bifida, rapidly approaching middle age, and used to dealing gracefully with all the challenges these things entail. Turner, however, is slightly different from others in his situation - he's openly gay and a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department.

One dead drag queen /
ISBN: 0312209371 OCLC: 43648698

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2000.

First bombs explode at the Chicago health clinic where his lover Tom Mason was working, and then baseball player Scott Carpenter starts receiving threats that he's next.

One dead drag queen :
ISBN: 9780312275860 OCLC: 832464295

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : ©2000.

A series of three bombs destroy a local health clinic, killing many and injuring many others including high school teacher and clinic volunteer Tom Mason. While Tom is hospitalized, his lover, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter, begins to believe that Tom may have been the intended victim of the bombing - the third bomb was wired to Tom's truck and Scott is receiving threatening letters saying that he's next. With a long suspect list and a mounting death toll, Scott must find the killer before the killer finds them.

Political poison
ISBN: 9781466802803 OCLC: 861615299

Paul Turner is not your typical middle-aged cop. A widower, he lives with his two teenaged sons, and he is gay. He is also trusted by the brass to handle sensitive cases, so when a Chicago alderman is found murdered, Turner is assigned to the case. The dead alderman was not only a professor at the University of Chicago, but also a leading liberal gadfly with the media's ear. As Turner investigates, he discovers that jealous professors and old-guard politicians have guilty secrets to protect, not the least of which are the real reasons why some people in Chicago hated the alderman--information that they will stop at nothing to keep secret. In Political Poison, Mark Richard Zubro has penned another thrilling mystery for Paul Turner.

Political poison /
ISBN: 0312110448 OCLC: 29791433

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1994.

Did someone in Chicago hate acity alderman enough to kill him? Chicago polic e detective Paul Turner is assigned the case and discovers that jealous professors and old-guard politicians have guilty secrets to protect. And Turner is not your ordinary cop. He's a widower who happens to be gay and trying to raise his two teen-aged sons.

Rust on the razor /
ISBN: 0312156448 OCLC: 34026794

A baseball player publicly announces his homosexuality, provoking the ire of his hometown in Georgia and an altercation with the sheriff. When the sheriff is murdered, suspicion falls on the player and his boyfriend, and the two must find the murderer. By the author of Another Dead Teenager.

Schooled in murder
ISBN: 9781429946346 OCLC: 828953920

St. Martin's Minotaur, New York : 2008.

Tired of the bickering and pettiness of the faculty meetings at Grover Cleveland High School, teacher Tom Mason sneaks out for a short break, only to return to stumble upon the corpse of one of his colleagues, finds himself the prime suspect in the killing, and enlists the aid of Scott Carpenter, his partner-for-life, to uncover the true murderer.

Schooled in murder /
ISBN: 0312343469 OCLC: 214935005

Tired of the bickering and pettiness of the faculty meetings at Grover Cleveland High School, teacher Tom Mason sneaks out for a short break, only to return to stumble upon the corpse of one of his colleagues, finds himself the prime suspect in the killing, and enlists the aid of Scott Carpenter, his partner-for-life, to uncover the true murderer.

Sex and murder.com
ISBN: 0312287194 OCLC: 49739699

St. Martin's ; New York : 2002.

Gay police detective Paul Turner discovers that he is dealing with a political and economic hot potato as he investigates the brutal murder of Craig Lenzati, CEO of one of Chicago's leading high-tech firms.

Sex and murder.com /
ISBN: 0312266839 OCLC: 46829218

"Craig Lenzati was one of the richest and most powerful men in Chicago. As the CEO and cofounder of Chicago's answer to Microsoft, he wielded enormous economic and political power. Lenzati was also found brutally murdered with dozens, if not hundreds, of stab wounds, in the midst of the mansion in which he lived alone. With the murder reported anonymously, the security-camera videos missing, and City Hall pressuring for a quick and quiet resolution to the murder, Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are well aware that they are facing one of the most difficult cases of their careers."--Jacket.

Simple suburban murder.
ISBN: 0312302312 OCLC: 948436056

Griffin, [Place of publication not identified] : 1989.

Sorry now?
ISBN: 9781429940481 OCLC: 861615301

While in Chicago, right-wing televangelist Bruce Mucklewrath is attacked and his daughter killed. Sensing a potential time bomb, and with Mucklewrath creating great pressure, the police brass assign the case to Detective Paul Turner whom they trust with sensitive matters. During their investigation, Turner and his partner discover that other right-wing bigots have been suffering odd attacks, and they begin to suspect a conspiracy of vengeance, perhaps even from the gay community. This is an uncomfortable thought for Turner, who is himself gay, but when Turner is attacked and his two sons threatened, he has to enlist the help of people in his close-knit neighborhood, as well as his contacts in the gay world, to find the solution in time. Publishers Weekly calls Mark Richard Zubro's Sorry Now' compelling and even urgent.

Sorry now? /
ISBN: 0312082991 OCLC: 26261692

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1992.

When right-wing televangelist Bruce Mucklewrath is attacked and his daughter is killed, Chicago police detective Paul Turner suspects a conspiracy of vengeance against right-wing bigots perpetrated by the homosexual community--of which he is a member.

The New Oxford book of Victorian verse
ISBN: 0192141546 OCLC: 14377060

Oxford University Press, Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; 1987.

An anthology of 560 poems from the Victorian era.

The only good priest
ISBN: 9781466802797 OCLC: 861615298

Father Sebastian, the only good priest everybody knows, is dead. Pastor of a parish outside Chicago, Father Sebastian was also involved in the gay community through his work with Faith, the gay Catholic organization the diocese is trying to drive out of the church. High school teacher Tom mason, who has gained some local notoriety from his involvement in a couple of murder cases, is asked by friends to look into the priest's death; was it murder' Along with his lover Scott Carpenter, a professional baseball player, Tom plunges into ecclesiastical intrigues, the hidden underground of gay Chicago and the tragedies caused by a hypocritical church.

The only good priest /
ISBN: 0312070543 OCLC: 22543213

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1991.

Tom Mason and his lover, Scott Carpenter, are asked to look into the death of Father Sebastian, a priest well-known for his work with the gay community. Very soon, Tom and Scott are plunged into ecclesiastical intrigue, the hidden gay underground of Chicago, and the tragedies caused by a hypocritical church.

The principal cause of death
ISBN: 9781466802810 OCLC: 861615300

The Principal Cause of Death is the next entry in Mark Richard Zubro's Tom and Scott series. When gay high School teacher Tom Mason is accused of murdering the school principal, Tom and his partner, Scott Carpenter, need to catch the real murderer and clear Tom's name. Kirkus Reviews raves, The school politics are dead-on in this fourth installment in Zubro's Lamda Literary Award-winning series.

The principal cause of death /
ISBN: 0312098960 OCLC: 29216603

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1993.

The truth can get you killed
ISBN: 9781429954266 OCLC: 830838529

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1997.

Paul Turner, a homosexual detective in Chicago and his straight partner, Buck Fenwick, investigate the murder of a judge. The judge, who hated homosexuals, was killed near a gay bar where he was seen with a male dancer.

The truth can get you killed /
ISBN: 0312187653 OCLC: 40183890

St. Martin's Press, New York : 1998, ©1997.

"The last thing Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner wants to do on New Year's Day is investigate a murder. But when the body is that of a conservative, homophobic judge and it is found outside a popular gay nightclub, the task takes on a new urgency for him. Now Turner must unravel the threads connecting the unlikely victim to his unsuspected murder scene, and look for answers in the most unusual places."--Page 4 of cover.

Why isn't Becky Twitchell dead? /
ISBN: 0312059965 OCLC: 20723023

St. Martin's Press, New York : ©1990.

"One would think teaching would be a quiet profession. But not in Chicago, thinks high school teacher Tom Mason, when he hears that one of his students has been accused of killing his girlfriend. As a friend of the boy's family, Tom is asked to help clear him, and the more he probes, the more it seems that something sinister is going on in the usually quiet suburbs of Chicago. With the aid of his lover Scott Carpenter, a professional baseball player, the two set out to discover what really happened that night."--Page 4 of cover.

 

 

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