5 thoughts on “Coming Out Can Be Murder

  1. This is another book my wife tore out of my hands because I gushed too much, too soon. We both adored Achy Obejas’ short story “Destiny Returns” from Chicago Noir and this book reminded me greatly of Obejas’ story: the wonderful use of place and the bright light shone on the experience of those on the margins of society. James’ novel is about a transgendered hairdresser, whose personal life is already emotionally tumultuous — she’s working on coming ‘out’ wholly as a woman without, hopefully, l

  2. Well, I wrote it, so maybe there’s a hint of bias in my rating. But it really is a good read–interesting character in an interesting and very different world, and a plot that puts her in the center of human conflict where morality and the will to live come to a crashing junction.

  3. I was intrigued by a review I read online of Coming Out Can be Murder at the book blog Literary R&R which praised the novel’s combination of unique transgender protagonist and page turning mystery plot. After leaving a comment, the author contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the novel and I was happy to accept, adding it to my schedule.

    Coming Out Can Be Murder is set in and around Boystown, Chicago, a district recognized as a cultural center for the LGBT community. Bobb

  4. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was totally prepared to give this book at least three, possible four, stars until I got to the end. What started as a mix between a murder-mystery and coming of age novel, turned into a cold-blooded revenge novel, which left me disappointed.

    I can explain more, but will end up hiding the review due to spoilers. Please don’t read this review if you want to see how the book ends on your own.

    I really liked that the main character, Bobbi, is a person of transgendered status. In the beginning, she

  5. As the title of Renee James debut novel suggests, coming out as a transsexual can be murder – both literally and figuratively. The story opens on a rather grim and graphic note, with a scene of murderous obsession that leaves you feeling like you need a shower to wash the hatred away. It’s immensely powerful, and it serves to put the reader in an emotional place similar to that of Bobbi Logan, our transsexual heroine.

    Bobbi is an amazing character, realistically drawn, possessed of both human fla

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