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The Henry Rios Mysteries Podcast

20 EpisodesProduced by Michael NavaWebsite

This podcast adapts in classic radio drama form the Henry Rios mysteries, a series of crime fiction, featuring a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer named Henry Rios.Season 1 presents Lay Your Sleeping Heading, the first novel in the series, set in 1982 in a fiction university town south of San Fran… read more

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1: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 1

January 15th, 2019



In the summer of 1982, Henry Rios, a gay public defender, is interviewing clients in the city jail of a university town near San Francisco. He meets Hugh Paris, the black sheep son of a …

2: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 2

January 24th, 2019


His encounter with Hugh Paris at the jail forces attorney Rios to face his personal and professional unhappiness leading him to a momentrous decision.

3: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 3

February 4th, 2019


Hugh Paris turns up at Rios's apartment in the middle of the night with a story Rios doesn't believe and an offer he can't refuse.

4: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 4

February 10th, 2019


In episode 4, Hugh reveals painful details of his life in New York in the 1970s supporting his heroin habit as a rent boy.

5: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 5

February 17th, 2019


Rios and Hugh re-unite and Hugh reveals details of his troubled past.

6: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 6

February 25th, 2019


"God Bless the Child"

Rios nurses Hugh after he overdoses on heroin and Hugh sings for him.

7: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 7

March 4th, 2019


While waiting at his apartment for Hugh, Rios receives shocking news.

8: A Message from Michael Nava

March 10th, 2019


A thank you and pledge break. We will resume with the next episode in two weeks.

9: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 8

March 18th, 2019


Reeling from his lover's death, Rios refuses to believe Hugh's heroin overdose was an accident.

10: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 9

March 25th, 2019


Rios's search for answers about Hugh's death lead him to Grant Hancock, Hugh's prep school room-mate and possibly the last person to see Hugh before …

10: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 10

April 7th, 2019


Rios is abducted, drugged and dumped in alley near a famous leather bar from which he calls Grant Hancock for help.

11: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 11

April 21st, 2019


Stolen documents and mysterious injuries on Hugh's body in autopsy photos convince Rios he knows who had Hugh murdered and why.

12: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 12

May 5th, 2019


Rios's investigation into Hugh's death earns him a threat and a warning.

13: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 13

May 13th, 2019


A retired law professor provides Rios with crucial information in his quest for Hugh's killers.

14: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 14

May 20th, 2019


Rios's investigation exposes the nineteenth-century annihilation of Chinese railroad workers behind Hugh's family's fortune.

15: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 15

May 26th, 2019


Rios finds an unexpected ally, new love and big trouble.

16: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 16

June 2nd, 2019


An unexpected death seems to ends Rios's search for Hugh Paris's killer. 

17: Lay Your Sleeping Head Episode 17

June 17th, 2019


Hugh's mysterious great-uncle, John Smith, reveals the identity of Hugh's killers; Rios is not convinced.


February 22nd, 2024


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