"Long-awaited sequel to The Front Runner...bittersweet and deeply nostalgic...a damn good thriller with a nice sideline romance and some hot sex thrown in...offers a chilling review of the past 20 years of queer life in America... The prose has a solid, butch leanness; the characters feel like old friends; the plot is smooth; the ending is explosive. A novel of quiet resonance...a writer with a provocative tale to tell."
– Victoria A. Brownworth in The Advocate
"The Front Runner was a celebration of the new freedom that seemed to be dawning; Harlan's Race is a threnody for the loss of that hope and the needless deaths of an ongoing holocaust... Warren's prose has taken on a darker, harder edge."
– Los Angeles Times
"A tale of vengeance, retribution and ultimately, healing and hope...holds the reader of any age or sexual orientation with engaging characters, lively narrative and lean prose... The action is nonstop, the story multifaceted, the sex steamily realistic, and the resolution is explosive."
– Lambda Book Report
"One of 1995's publishing events."
"May be one of the longest-awaited gay novels ever."
– Gay and Lesbian Times
"In the field of gay publishing, where sales of a book...are considered a reasonable success if they reach 20,000 copies, The Front Runner has never been out of print since its publication in 1974. Harlan's Race hardcover sales are already topping 30,000."
– Brian Caffall in Philadelphia Gay News
"More thriller than romance...Warren reviews 20 years of gay life in America, touching on AIDS, lesbian motherhood and gay political power."
– Bob Nelson in New York Newsday
"Tight, rather dark tale of longing, regret and missed opportunity, that ultimately merges with a theme of survival – a theme as important to the gay '90s as the liberation theme of The Front Runner was to the '70s."
– Robert Julian in Bay Area Reporter
"May bridge the gap that establishes Gay veterans as positive role models... succeeds in the following areas: inclusion of both Gay and Lesbian characters ... issues of domestic violence...inclusion of Lesbian mothers...a Gay Vietnam veteran... issues of political activism...athletic Gay men. Positive Gay feelings are expressed."
– Phil Adams in Service Academy Gay and Lesbian Alumni News
"The Front Runner is one of the best-selling Gay-themed books of all time. The narrative of Harlan's Race picks up where The Front Runner leaves off."
– The Washington Blade
"Compelling...with memorable scenes and characters."
– B'nai B'rith Life
"Deeply engaging... same rich descriptive technique and flavor that made The Front Runner such a memorable and stirring read... a story with resonance and soul."
– Pony Horton in Frontiers
"Hot book of the summer."
– Edge Magazine
"Patricia Nell Warren is a keen observer of the gay community. She tells it like it is."
– Post Intelligencer, Alexander Hamilton Veterans Services
"The Front Runner was the first 'gay' book many of us read. Harlan's Race is a worthy successor."
– Timothy Robson in Gay People's Chronicle