The seven Mark Manning mysteries of

author Michael Craft.

Michael Craft’s series of seven Mark Manning murder

mysteries, beginning with Flight Dreams in 1997 and ending

with Bitch Slap in 2004, garnered legions of loyal readers, with

three of its installments honored as finalists for Lambda

Literary Awards.

The series protagonist, Mark Manning, is an investigative

reporter for a large Chicago newspaper, who later moves to a

small town in Wisconsin to take over as publisher of the local

daily. Mark and his lover, Neil, end up “inheriting” a son,

Mark’s teenage nephew, Thad Quatrain. While each of the

books focuses on a self-contained whodunit, the series as a

whole has an overarching plot that explores Mark’s growth as

a gay man and, ultimately, a surrogate father.

The series was originally published in hardcover and

paperback, and it has since been reissued in digital editions.

For complete information on the seven

volumes of the Mark Manning mystery series,

click on each of the titles below, which will

take you to the archived pages of this website.

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Flight Dreams, 1997

Eye Contact, 1998

Body Language, 1999

Name Games, 2000

Boy Toy, 2001

Hot Spot, 2002

Bitch Slap, 2004

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Michael Craft’s series of seven Mark Manning murder mysteries, beginning with Flight Dreams in 1997 and ending with Bitch Slap in 2004, garnered legions of loyal readers, with three of its installments honored as finalists for Lambda Literary Awards.

The series protagonist, Mark Manning, is an investigative reporter for a large Chicago newspaper, who later moves to a small town in Wisconsin to take over as publisher of the local daily. Mark and his lover, Neil, end up “inheriting” a son, Mark’s teenage nephew, Thad Quatrain. While each of the books focuses on a self-contained whodunit, the series as a whole has an overarching plot that explores Mark’s growth as a gay man and, ultimately, a surrogate father.

The series was originally published in hardcover and paperback, and it has since been reissued in digital editions.