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Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of eight novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios who Garth Greenwell, writing in The New Yorker, called ?a detective unlike any previous protagonist in American noir.? The New York Times Book Review has called Nava ?one of our best? writers. His 2016 novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, a reimagining of the first Henry Rios novel published 30 years ago, was named by the Lambda Literary Review ?one of the literary events of the year."
In January 2019, he launched the Henry Rios Mysteries Podcast, which adapts Lay Your Sleeping Head into an 18-episode podcast inspired by classic radio theater. You can hear it wherever you listen to podcasts: https://audioboom.com/channels/4966379
He is also the author of an historical novel, The City of Palaces, set in Mexico at the beginning of the 1910 Mexican revolution. .?
His new Rios novel, Carved in Bone, will be published in fall, 2019 by Persigo Press, his fledgling publishing company.
He is in the process of republishing all the Rios novels under the Persigo Press imprint.
Nava, a third-generation Californian, is also a graduate of Stanford Law School, and practiced law for 35 years before his retirement from the profession in 2016. He divides his time between San Francisco and Palm Springs.