The Way Life Should Be: A Novel by Terry Shaw

Winner of the First Chapters competition. When newspaper editor John Quinn's best friend--a married man with children--is killed at a local gay pickup spot in coastal Maine and no one seems willing to look into the murder, Quinn takes matters into his own hands. 

"Funny, wry, sad, suspenssful ... It's just the kind of book everyone in the book club is dying to read."    - Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

"He knows how to assemble the right elements, weaving plot and back story together seemlessly."   - Publisher's Weekly

"Shaw has a good sense of pacing and surprises that make for a good mystery ... a promising debut." - USA Today

"The book is a fast-paced thriller -- one worthy of the suspenseful journey to publication." - Nashville Scene