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General Information

Name:  Mark Zubro  

Pen Name: Mark Richard Zubro

Genre: Fiction


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The author lives in Mokena and taught English at West Frankfort High School in Cook County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Richard Zubro is an American mystery novelist. He lives in Mokena, Illinois and taught 8th grade English at Summit Hill Jr. High in nearby Frankfort Square, Illinois. Zubro writes bestselling mysteries set in Chicago and the surrounding Cook County area. His novels feature gay themes. His longest running series is the Tom and Scott series which features high school teacher Tom Mason, and Tom's boyfriend, professional baseball player Scott Carpenter. The other series Zubro is known for is the Paul Turner mysteries, which are about a Chicago police detective. The books are a part of the Stonewall Inn Mystery series, published by St. Martin's Press.

Published Works

  • Why Isn't Becky Twotchell Dead?: A Tom & Scott Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1991
  • The Only Good Priest, St. Martin's Griffin, 1992
  • Sorry Now?, St. Martin's Griffin, 1992
  • The Principal Cause of Death, St. Martin's Griffin, 1993
  • Political Poison: A Paul Turner Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1994
  • An Echo of Death: A Tom & Scott Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1995
  • Another Dead Teenager, St. Martin's Griffin, 1996
  • Rust On The Razor: A Tom And Scott Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1997
  • The Truth Can Get You Killed: A Paul Turner Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1998
  • Are You Nuts?, St. Martin's Griffin, 1999
  • Drop Dead: A Paul Turner Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1999
  • Here Comes the Corpse: A Tom & Scott Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 1999
  • Sex and A Paul Turner Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 2001
  • One Dead Drag Queen: A Tom & Scott Mystery, St. Martin's Griffin, 2001
  • Everyones Dead But Us, Minotaur, 2002
  • A Simple Suburban Murder, St. Martin's Griffin, 2003
  • Dead Egotistical Morons: A Paul Turner Mystery, 2003
  • File Under Dead : A Tom & Scott Mystery, Minotaur Books, 2004
  • Nerds Who Kill: A Paul Turner Mystery, St. Martin's, 2005
  • Hook, Line, and Homicide, Minotaur Books, 2007
  • Schooled in Murder: A Tom and Scott Mystery, Minotaur Books, 2008
  • Black and Blue and Pretty Dead Too, MLR Press, 2011
  • Another Dead Republican, MLR Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Why isn't Becky Twitchell dead? /
ISBN: 0312059965. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1990.

"One would think teaching would be a quiet profession. But not in Chicago, thinks high school teacher Tom Mason, when he hears that one of his students has been accused of killing his girlfriend. As a friend of the boy's family, Tom is asked to help clear him, and the more he probes, the more it seems that something sinister is going on in the usually quiet suburbs of Chicago. With the aid of his lover Scott Carpenter, a professional baseball player, the two set out to discover what really happened that night."--Page 4 of cover.

The only good priest /
ISBN: 0312070543. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1991.

Tom Mason and his lover, Scott Carpenter, are asked to look into the death of Father Sebastian, a priest well-known for his work with the gay community. Very soon, Tom and Scott are plunged into ecclesiastical intrigue, the hidden gay underground of Chicago, and the tragedies caused by a hypocritical church.

Sorry now? /
ISBN: 0312082991. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1992.

When right-wing televangelist Bruce Mucklewrath is attacked and his daughter is killed, Chicago police detective Paul Turner suspects a conspiracy of vengeance against right-wing bigots perpetrated by the homosexual community--of which he is a member.

The principal cause of death /
ISBN: 0312098960. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1993.

Political poison /
ISBN: 0312110448. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1994.

Did someone in Chicago hate acity alderman enough to kill him? Chicago polic e detective Paul Turner is assigned the case and discovers that jealous professors and old-guard politicians have guilty secrets to protect. And Turner is not your ordinary cop. He's a widower who happens to be gay and trying to raise his two teen-aged sons.

An echo of death /
ISBN: 0312134800. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1995.

Another dead teenager :
ISBN: 0312142773. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1995.

Two high-school boys from prominent families are found murdered in Chicago, and gay police detective Paul Turner and his partner are assigned the case.

Rust on the razor /
ISBN: 0312156448. OCLC Number:

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A baseball player publicly announces his homosexuality, provoking the ire of his hometown in Georgia and an altercation with the sheriff. When the sheriff is murdered, suspicion falls on the player and his boyfriend, and the two must find the murderer. By the author of Another Dead Teenager.

The truth can get you killed /
ISBN: 0312187653. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1998, ©1997.

"The last thing Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner wants to do on New Year's Day is investigate a murder. But when the body is that of a conservative, homophobic judge and it is found outside a popular gay nightclub, the task takes on a new urgency for him. Now Turner must unravel the threads connecting the unlikely victim to his unsuspected murder scene, and look for answers in the most unusual places."--Page 4 of cover.

Are you nuts? /
ISBN: 0312206348. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1999, ©1998.

A PTA election ends in murder after fighting erupts, provoked by parents opposing gay teachers. The victim is one of the anti-gays and Tom Mason, teacher, turns sleuth to find the killer.

Drop dead :
ISBN: 0312205325. OCLC Number:

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Gay detective Paul Turner investigates the death of a male supermodel who fell to his death from a hotel window in Chicago. Suspects range from jealous lovers to financial interests in the fashion industry.

Here comes the corpse /
ISBN: 031228098X. OCLC Number:

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Tom Mason and Scott Carpenter's wedding went off without a hitch, but the discovery of a dead body at the reception casts a pall over the event. It gets worse when the body turns out to be an ex-boyfriend of Tom's and he becomes the prime suspect.

Sex and /
ISBN: 0312266839. OCLC Number:

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"Craig Lenzati was one of the richest and most powerful men in Chicago. As the CEO and cofounder of Chicago's answer to Microsoft, he wielded enormous economic and political power. Lenzati was also found brutally murdered with dozens, if not hundreds, of stab wounds, in the midst of the mansion in which he lived alone. With the murder reported anonymously, the security-camera videos missing, and City Hall pressuring for a quick and quiet resolution to the murder, Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are well aware that they are facing one of the most difficult cases of their careers."--Jacket.

One dead drag queen /
ISBN: 0312209371. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2000.

First bombs explode at the Chicago health clinic where his lover Tom Mason was working, and then baseball player Scott Carpenter starts receiving threats that he's next.

Everyone's dead but us /
ISBN: 0312343450. OCLC Number:

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From the Publisher: Tom Mason, former Chicago area high school teacher, recently made a public splash by marrying his long-term lover, former professional baseball player Scott Carpenter. After the hoopla surrounding Scott's public coming out and, of course, the marriage, the couple are in dire need of a quiet vacation-somewhere far from the fans, the paparazzi and the general noise of Chicago. Escaping to the privately-held Aegean island of Korkasi-a resort with twenty-two separate villas for those desiring, and who can afford, absolute privacy. But first a building storm traps them-and the others-on the island, cutting them off entirely from the outside world. Then the current owner of the island is found murdered, his body lying on the floor of Tom and Scott's villa. As the storm gathers strength and begins to ravage the island, the guests and employees are being killed off by a person or persons unknown. Trapped on the island with no hope of escape, Tom and Scott must uncover and stop the murderer before everyone dies.

Simple suburban murder.
ISBN: 0312302312. OCLC Number:

Griffin,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1989.

Dead egotistical morons /
ISBN: 0312266820. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2003.

When the lead singer of the nation's most popular "boy band" group is murdered in the shower immediately after finishing a concert tour, Chicago police detective Paul Turner finds himself enmeshed in a particularly difficult case.

File under dead /
ISBN: 0312280971. OCLC Number:

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Nerds who kill /
ISBN: 0312333013. OCLC Number:

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Paul Turner is a widowed father of two teenaged boys, one of whom has spina bifida, rapidly approaching middle age, and used to dealing gracefully with all the challenges these things entail. Turner, however, is slightly different from others in his situation - he's openly gay and a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department.

Hook, line, and homicide /
ISBN: 031233303X. OCLC Number:

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Murder rudely interrupts the Chicago police detective's annual fishing trek to Canada. Turner has rented two houseboats on Lake of the Woods with his two sons; his lover, Ben; and the family of his detective partner, Buck Fenwick. Though longtime summer visitors, the Chicagoans soon become targets of antigay harassment. When they report a fight between bully Scarth Krohn's gang and First Nation (Canadian Indian) kids, the local police chief sides with the bullies.

Schooled in murder /
ISBN: 0312343469. OCLC Number:

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Tired of the bickering and pettiness of the faculty meetings at Grover Cleveland High School, teacher Tom Mason sneaks out for a short break, only to return to stumble upon the corpse of one of his colleagues, finds himself the prime suspect in the killing, and enlists the aid of Scott Carpenter, his partner-for-life, to uncover the true murderer.

Black and blue and pretty dead, too /
ISBN: 1608204677. OCLC Number:

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Paul Turner returns. In his first appearance since 2007, this gay Chicago detective and father of two sons gets caught in a tangle of intrigue and corruption. A brutal Chicago cop is found murdered at a gay leather festival. Turner, plus his police department partner, Buck Fenwick are assigned the case. Through a rising tide of danger, they need to find the truth among police corruption and cover ups. Some top cops and A-list leather queens are among those whose lies and fears drive the web of desperation and deceit that Turner and his partner must unravel.

Another dead Republican /
ISBN: 1608207315. OCLC Number:

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"Another Dead Republican is a mystery of familial destruction set in a world of violent intrigue and deadly ambition. A ringing phone in the middle of the night set Tom Mason and his lover, baseball player Scott Carpenter, on the trail of a vicious killer in a suburban enclave. Tom's brother-in-law has been murdered. Tom rushes to be with his beloved sister. The dead man was the son of the vicious Republican clerk that runs a county. The ruling cabal will stop at nothing to destroy people and lives that get in their way of accumulating more useless wealth."--Page 4 of cover.


A Simple Suburban Murder

  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1990

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