I thought "The Case of the Grim Tweaker" (February 2) was great, and I also enjoyed "The Case of the Jealous Lover Boy" (February 16), but for different reasons. It was interesting to be on the inside of a domestic dispute in the latter story, and the fact that there were lots of sex toys around made it especially titillating.

Neither story, however, has been a true whodunit. I'm hoping that the stories in the rest of the series expose us to the murder cops solving really difficult cases.

Anyway, Rubin's writing has been without parallel in any journalistic publication I've ever read. I had to pinch myself to realize I wasn't reading crime fiction.
Alvin Sloan, Phoenix

Sex toys "R" us: Come on, New Times! Isn't it a bit homophobic for Paul Rubin, in "The Case of the Jealous Lover Boy," to go on and on about all the sex toys present in Tim Contreraz and Shawn Drake's house, when straight people use sex toys just as much?

I kept thinking the sex toys were going to figure into the killing somehow, but no, they didn't. They were nothing more than a red herring.

This was the classic domestic dispute, and it demeans domestic violence to try to trick up a journalistic article with gratuitous sleaze. Just give us the facts and leave out all the graphic detail about what devices these two men in a homosexual relationship employed in the privacy of their own home.

That sex toys are lying around is hardly shocking in this day and time!
Calvin Smith, Phoenix

Variety show: Jeez, those guys sure did have some big dildos! All the crime-scene stuff in Paul Rubin's "The Case of the Jealous Lover Boy" was very interesting, like an episode of Law & Order.

The Shawn Drake case, though, was truly a slam dunk for the cops. If Phoenix detectives couldn't solve that puppy, they should be banished to the outback of the Mesa PD.

Luckily, Paul Rubin had a gay murder to work with on this one, or there wouldn't have been much to extol. But I enjoyed it anyway, and I guess it shows some variety in the kinds of cases the homicide squad catches.
Jim Leonard, Phoenix

A view to a kill: I have been reading and enjoying Paul Rubin's stories for years, and I just wanted him to know how much I've been loving his "Murder City" stories.

The story of Officer Dave Uribe was straight out of a movie script, and I couldn't stop reading this new one about the lover boys. The dialogue was amazing!
Janice Rodriguez, Glendale

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