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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Arriving in 1935 Cleveland with a determination to clean up the city, Eliot Ness is greeted by a series of grisly murders and is introduced to the local underground that threatens to swallow up his own detectives. Reprint. NYT.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 31st 1995 by Mysterious Press (first published 1993)
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Over the period 1935-8, possibly beginning earlier and ending later, an unknown serial killer murdered at least a dozen people, leaving their decapitated and usually dismembered bodies scattered around the city of Cleveland. The case captured international attention, especially since the cops seemed powerless to come up with even the scantest of clues. That the city's Safety Director became, after the initial murders, none other than Eliot Ness of Untouchables fame merely added to the piquancy.

Erotic, occasionally tasteless story of boy prostitute murders that will blow your eyelids off.
Read this years ago while still living in Cleveland. A friend's visit and conversation about the Torso Killer reminded me.

Historical information in this was good (mostly), but the story itself was very gritty & graphic sexually and on the "fetish" end of things. I compare the "chicken scene" to the "cat scene" in The Once and Future King" ... i.e. a disturbing mental image I wish I'd never had.

I think if one is interested in the torso murders, there are likely better books out there.
Benjie Obera
Fast paced and tightly gripping plot - kept me wanting for more.

This is the first novel I've read with quite a few gay theme and I'm surprised that the story is more than the erotic plot and details.

I really appreciate that the author tried to leave more details to the audience's imagination.
Ventsislav Kostadinov
Such a great one. Until the very end I was thinking that the end is going to be all sad and bitter , but I was surprised at Cooke's wise descision. I definitely recommend this book.. !!
Lee Zebe
Traumatic. Best crime novel I've read, the sexual violence is disturbing but the story is gripping.
April Brown
gory..but I LOVED this book..fascinating tale of seriel killer
David Tamarin
actually the name of the book is "Torsos"
Another of my friend John's books.
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Author of several novels and short stories of crime, suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. I have tried in my work to bring gay characters and a gay perspective to my favorite genres of popular fiction. Please check out my books and let me know what you think.

I was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming. My novels include TORSOS, THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER, HAVEN, OUT FOR BLOOD, STINK LAK
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