A MelanieM Review: Lucky Days (Boystown, #9) by Marshall Thornton

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

In the ninth book of the bestselling mystery series, a young man wakes up covered in blood and no memory of the previous night. When hypnotism doesn’t help, he turns to private investigator Nick Nowak. Meanwhile, the trial of Outfit kingpin Jimmy English begins.

Quickly the case begins to unravel when an important witness goes missing and Nick must put his other cases, and his home life, on hold while he goes to Las Vegas to find him. (

You know things aren’t going to go well in a book titled Lucky Days when the story involves Nick Nowak.  And it doesn’t.

Lucky for Nick and the people he comes in contact with never has the outcome anyone expects.  And the factor of luck?  Well, if luck is involved, then the twist maybe one best looked at out of a carnival mirror.

Nick is still on the case of Jimmy English as its heading towards trial but in the meantime he gets another one.  A young black gay male wakes up with no memory of the night before but with blood on his clothes.  Too much blood that he cant’ explain. And he wants Nick to investigate what’s happened.  Even if he’s guilty of a crime of not, he wants to know.

That’s small time compared to Jimmy English’s case because a major witness has  just disappeared, and that sends Nick on his first plane trip to Vegas in the 80’s (an eye opener for him and us) in search of Micky T.  This section of the story proves to be exciting, suspenseful, bittersweet, and, as always, incredibly complex due to the emotions it pulls on and the plots threads its weaving.  Plus the character of Mickey who has  been a continuing element throughout the series becomes even more real here in his hopes and his true love, and failures.  How you end up feeling for this guy.

And while Nick is juggling both the Jimmy English case, Mickey,  there is the poor guy with short term amnesia to figure out.  Without police help because of their attitude toward poor blacks who also happen to be gay in Chicago in the 80’s.  Thornton realistically leads us through what it would feel like to live in those times and what those attitudes felt like reflected back at you off of a badge.

The courtroom drama was amazing.  Pants glued to the chair,  on tenterhooks waiting the next development, full of twists I didn’t see coming and neither did Nick.  The Jimmy English case finally comes to a close here with one might say is a “lucky” conclusion.  But really its all in the perception as Nick would tell you.

I haven’t mentioned much about Nick’s home life with Joseph.  It’s there.  Stymied a bit.  There’s a storm brewing and a heck of a cliffhanger in a most perfect of Marshall Thornton way’s.

What an incredible book.  I know, I know.  But it’s true and it earns it.  Heart worn, heart sore, and still Nick Nowak continues on.  I can’t get enough of this man and his stories.  The Sisyphus of Chicago mysteries and he has me hooked good.

Yes, I recommend Lucky Days but if you’re a newb, head to the first story and start there.  Don’t miss out on any part of the journey in front of you.  Read them in the order they are written.  Then Lucky Days.  Now onto the next one.

Cover art: Marshall Thornton

Sales Link:  Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published January 13th 2017 by Kenmore Books
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesBoystown #9


Boystown Bundle 1 – 3 – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 A Time For Secrets – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 Murder Book – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 From The Ashes – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #7 Bloodlines – Amazon US | Amazon UK (ON SALE for 99c)
Book #8 The Lies That Bind – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #9 Lucky Days – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #10 Gifts Given – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #11 Hearts Desire – Amazon US | Amazon UK (PREORDER

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