Fiction. Gay / Lesbian Studies. Ibanez-Carrasco's second book, KILLING ME SOFTLY presents twelve short stories of love gone wrong, in the process ripping the veils between the moral and the mundane, the prim and the grim, and rough trade. Genre-blurring and gender-bending, here is the Canada that lies in the shadow of the maple leaf, cementing Ibanez-Carrasco's reputation as one of Canada's reigning bad boys of lit. "His is a four-thirty-in-the morning, done-one-too-many-lines-of-crystal lens. The heroes in his stories can be HIV-positive, not white, and sometimes self-loathing. If you scraped the rainbow paint off your pride rings with a dirty thumbnail, you would find Francisco's world, skillfully rendered and beautifully imperfect" -- Ivan E. Coyote.