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Rice, Christopher (b. 1978)  
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The novel was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery in 2000.

In 2001, then New York City Public Advocate Marc Green recognized Rice as an outstanding leader among gay men and lesbians. That same year, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to serving the needs of glbtq youth, presented Rice with an Emery Award for his contributions to the community.

Rice's second novel, The Snow Garden, was published in 2002; it too climbed to the top of the best seller lists. Out Magazine called the book "a dark, moody thriller," and a reviewer for Library Journal commented that it was "rife with murder, fear, madness, and ."

Gay characters again play central roles in the novel, a murder mystery set on a snowbound New England college campus. However, during an interview given shortly after the novel's publication, Rice explained that he was trying to "shrug off" being labeled a "gay author."

The implication of that categorization, Rice noted, was that an author only writes about "gay characters in gay ghettos." Although, he said, his first novel was "as close to a gay book as you can get," his second novel, with its ensemble of gay and straight characters, was more about "identity" than sexuality.

Rice has stated that it was a difficult book to write, especially following the media storm surrounding his debut novel. As he explained in an interview, "I think the first book is the one you've been waiting to write, and the second book is not. The second book is the one you have to write with the voices of a bunch of critics in your head. And that was a big challenge."

The novel won a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery in 2002.

After his father's death in 2002, Rice wrote a moving account of his relationship with him, indicating his gratitude for his easy acceptance of his homosexuality, for The Advocate. The guest column was so successful that the magazine invited him to become a regular columnist. His wide-ranging column, "Coastal Disturbances," offers his very personal--sometimes irreverent--perspective on contemporary gay life.

In 2005, Rice released his third book, Light Before Day. The novel is set within the predominantly gay West Hollywood section of Los Angeles and centers around a young gay journalist named Adam Murphy and his pursuit to expose the truth behind the death of Daniel Brady, a closeted Marine helicopter pilot.

Unlike his previous two novels, Light Before Day is written in the first person, as a tribute of sorts to his father, a poet. As Rice explained, "My father told me . . . that he felt I didn't trust the first-person voice and was therefore suspicious of poetry in general, including his, which I often poked fun at when I was much younger." He dedicated the novel to his father.

Rice's next book, Blind Fall, was published in 2008. A suspense thriller about gays in the military, Rice has called it "a novel about self-acceptance. It's about how we are often forced to let go of something we believed to be an absolute truth before we can treat ourselves with the same respect we would grant our closest friend."

It tells the story of John Houck, a somewhat former Marine sergeant, who discovers that Mike Bowers, the respected captain who saved his life in combat, was secretly gay and has been brutally murdered. John reluctantly teams up with Mike's boyfriend Alex to avenge the murder.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune called the novel "a tale of forgiveness and redemption, in an examination of the many facets of relationships between men."

Rice's most recent novel, The Moonlit Earth, is a psychological thriller set mainly in Hong Kong. The plot involves terrorism and the manipulation of the media. A gay flight attendant, Cameron Reynolds, is considered a prime suspect in a hotel bombing; his sister, Megan, believes that he is alive and innocent and travels to Hong Kong to discover the truth.

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