|Harlan's Race (1994) [Novel]|
by Patricia Nell Warren
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At the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, a sniper's bullet had ended the life of a young gay athlete—U.S. distance runner Billy Sive. To Billy's lover, coach Harlan Brown, it was the shattering end to a dream love. Harlan, at 41, must somehow heal his heart, and find a new purpose in life.
In time, a second chance at love comes. Vince Matti, 25, a runner who was Billy's best friend, has harbored an unrequited passion for his ex-Marine coach. Handsome, volatile, and passionate, Vince challenges Harlan's stoic and lonely heart in unimagined ways. Harlan must race with the shadow of the past—that memory of the brief idyll with Billy—and reach a present where love is enduring and real.
Meanwhile, Harlan's ordeal with bias and bloodshed is not over. Snipers often work in pairs, and the Montreal shooter evidently had a cohort who escaped arrest. This mysterious stalker moves implacably into Harlan's world. And yet another stalker is moving into gay life—a disease that has no name.
Original title: Harlan's Race
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male