Mark Manning
Created by Micha
el Craft (pseudonym of Michael Craft Johnson; 1950-- )

Closeted Chicago investigative journalist MARK MANNING finally confronts his sexuality in his debut, Flight Dreams (1997) when he meets Neil Waite, an architect with whom he falls in love during an investigation, and as a result comes out of the closet with a rush. Thereafter and throughout the series he is torn between fidelity to the man he deeply loves and frustration that his vow of commitment does not leave him free to explore his newly discovered sexuality with others. And the presence of hunky cub reporters and the like doesn't help.

But he and Neil persevere, and by Body Language (1999), the third in the series, they've moved to Wisconsin where Mark becomes the publisher of a local paper. But somehow, murder and mayhem seem to follow.

Go figure.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with more than a little help from Drewey Wayne Gunn.

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