After years of avoiding volunteer organizations, Chicago high school teacher Tom Mason is finally guilted into volunteering a few hours a week at a local gay-services clinic. Since he finds the bitter infighting at the organization to be intolerable, and the head of the clinic to be downright poisonous, Tom puts in his hours on early Saturday mornings before anyone else arrives and that way avoids most of the office politics.
But one week his quiet Saturday goes quickly awry when two gay teens, in a particularly difficult situation, seek him out for counseling, having come to the clinic early to avoid being seen. After they leave, Tom decides to tidy up the cramped, disordered office and file some of the teetering piles that are practically everywhere. Filing turns out to be a surprisingly gruesome task, however, when in one of the file cabinet drawers Tom finds the severed head of the director of the clinic. The director, called Snarly Bitch behind his back because of his unpleasant demeanor, had a particularly long enemies list and Tom himself is not exactly choked up about his untimely demise. But with a long suspect list, a fairly indifferent police force, and the welfare of some of the clinic's youthful charges on the line, Tom himself must sort out the murder before an innocent takes the fall for this very unusual crime.
Original title: File Under Dead
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur
Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male