About the Book
The story opens with the brutal murder of a transsexual woman by her secret lover. Her murder receives no notice at all from the media and only passing interest from the police, but the event drives her friend and hairdresser Bobbi Logan to two radical acts: She comes out at work as a transsexual—much to the shock of her clients and the chagrin of her salon colleagues—and she begins her own investigation of her friend’s murder.
Bobbi’s career plummets as clients leave her in droves and even other stylists treat her like a pariah. It’s no better outside the salon, as she is the frequent victim of slights and insults and the occasional physical confrontation. But even as Bobbi faces financial ruin and social stigmatism, she continues searching for her friend’s murderer, sifting through the rumors and gossip of Chicago’s mysterious transgender subculture until she finds the man who almost certainly did it.
But Bobbi’s problems aren’t over. Her number one suspect is a rich power broker who lives high above suspicion. He’s also knee-buckling hot, and he makes it clear he lusts for Bobbi. But as it becomes clear she is a danger to him, he becomes an imminent danger to her, and Bobbi’s struggle to survive as a transsexual in a hostile world takes on a whole new dimension, one that challenges her concepts of morality and decency, and forces her to redefine who she is and where she fits on the planet.
Coming Out Can Be Murder is a suspenseful mystery, and it’s also a coming-of-age story that lets readers see and feel what it’s like to be transgendered in today’s America.