"Murder at SJU" is an adult gay male mystery and romance novel. A Saint John's University college student, Mark Swan, is murdered in 1968 on the campus of SJU and its parent Benedictine Abbey. The campus is set amongst acres of its own lakes and forest in central Minnesota. Mark's murder is investigated by his male lover, David White, forty years later. The investigation leads to a murderer more powerful than David could imagine. Along the way the reader experiences the sweet but closeted relationship in the Sixties between Mark and David plus the sophisticated, humorous, mature relationship of David and his partner Christian in the 21st Century. In both periods the action is set against the background of the historic current events. The book also offers unique and uncommon depictions of Catholic Benedictine monastery and university life. Note: This novel contains mature adult themes and scenes.
About the Author
Tom lives with his life partner of 39 years. In addition to writing, Tom has always been active in the gay community, gay rights activism, politics, foundation boards, appointed public office and his church.
The gay rights movement has changed public attitudes to the extent that gay men's and women's lives can now be portrayed completely and truthfully, in their full depth of meaning and historical context. "Murder at SJU" attempts to do this through the fictional characters of David, Christian and Mark. Tom's future writing will continue in this endeavor.