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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

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The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.

The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Celadon Books
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Katie B
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Last Call killer targeted gay men in New York. I've read quite a few true crime books over the years, and it's not hard to feel sorry for the victims and the loved ones they left behind. My heart weighed extra heavy after reading this book knowing due in part to the victims' sexuality not much attention was paid to the crimes back then or even now. What is also sad is knowing there are most likely other undiscovered victims of this serial killer.

If you do not
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves all the stars, and it completely broke my heart because it really happened. For true crime readers, this is a must for your lists.

The Last Call Killer went on a killing spree in the 80s and 90s, and his victims were gay men in New York. Abhorrently, according to the author, the murders didn't receive the attention they should have because of the time in which they happened. As a result, it took decades to solve them.

The book is about that manhunt, but it’s equally about the vi
Shannon Rochester
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: celadon
Thank you to Celadon for sending me a print copy of this book. I have to admit that some of the books I have been sent by Celadon are not books that I would have picked out myself but not once have I ever not liked one of them. This particular book was about a serial killer who was killing gay men of New York City back in the 80s and 90s. . He killed them in New York but then sometimes the body would be found in other states and always cut up and put into many bags. He came to be called the Last ...more
Morgan Jerkins
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In LAST CALL, Elon Green traces the 90s-era police investigations of interrelated murders of gay men who were picked up in Manhattan bars. Not only is this book intensely researched with insight into the lives of these deceased men from their beginnings to their untimely deaths, but also Green provides rich context into an earlier NYC whose landmarks carry a horrific reminder in LGBTQIA history. Though the material is heavy, Green's ambition and steadfastness make for a read that is neither dry ...more
Casey the Reader
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
✨REVIEW✨ [ @celadonbooks #partner ]
The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten. (via Goodreads) 📚

LAST CALL is not your typical portrait of a killer. Yes, there is some examination of his life, but this book is primarily a look at the Last Call Killer's known vict
I rarely read true crime, even though I'm trying to read more. One of my most anticipated true crime reads on my TBR was Elon Green's Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York , a detailed depiction of a serial killer often overlooked, The Last Call Killer. At a little over 200 pages, you can read this book in one sitting easily!

Last Call tackles the backstories of The Last Call Killer's victims, while also talking about how life was for queer people in the 1960s
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review to come! So excited!
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Celadon Books first true crime book & boy, is it a good one! Elon Green really did a fantastic job creating this fascinating, non-fiction book, & it is very well researched. As I always do when reading true crime books or listening to podcasts, I went down the Google rabbit-hole to devour even more information about Richard Rogers, who was dubbed the Last Call Killer, watching interview videos, looking at crime scene pics, & reading more & more about Roger's heinous crimes. True crime sh ...more
The Last Call Killer roamed the streets of New York City, preying on the gay community in the 80s and 90s. The murders were not talked about and got very little media attention, which allowed the killer to live life normally, without detection, for far too long.

This true crime novel hooked my attention and without having any knowledge of this killer and the horrendous acts he committed, everything was brand new information to me. It was very well written and well researched. While there were som
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
A streamlined read, as much about the killings as queer culture, with the former set painstakingly in the context of the evocatively described latter. I very much appreciated the focus on the lives of the victims and the society they inhabited. Very readable, though true crime fans who enjoy sensationalism may come away disappointed.

Disclaimer: This ARC was won in a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A quick surprisingly read for such a heavy subject. I have no idea how Elon incorporated so much research into this book while still maintaining an easy-to-follow storyline.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book summary

New York City, July 1992, in the Townhouse Bar. As the pianist plays, a hunter hunts. He's bland and forgettable...even people who know him hardly register his presence.

Preying upon gay men in New York in the 80s and 90s, the Last Call killer has all of the traits of the most known serial killers of the same era...yet his victims are nearly lost to the outrageous murder rates of the time, the AIDS epidemic, and the fact his victims were gay men.

Through interviews and newspaper accou
Ashley | My Darling Bookshelf
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
"In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story."

I devoured this book in less than 24-hours - I simply couldn't put it down. For such a heavily researched and fact dense book, it flowed so well and incredibly fast-paced.

Elon offered insight into the New York queer community during the outbreak
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Celadon Books did it again with gifting me this five-star book to read and review!!

As you guys know, I don’t reach a lot of True Crime or barley any non-fiction, but I think I’ll start to change that real soon because Last Call showed me how much I enjoy those genres.

The research the author put into this book does not go unrecognized.

I actually remember being told about this story or finding out that this happened in New York and to find out that the murderers crimes have been forgotten serio
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Thank you so much @celadonbooks for the #gifted copy of your first true crime book! I feel so honored to have read it early! Readers can grab a copy on 3/9/21 and true crime fans won’t want to miss it.

“The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.”

Wow! True crime fans are in for a good read with this one. It’s a case that I wasn’t at all familiar with and it was so heartbreaking and scary to re
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is extremely well researched, with much attention to detail, and the writer does an excellent job not only of sharing the details of this case but also of bringing to light the era in which these murders took place.

Green really illuminates what life for homosexuals was like in the late '80s and early '90s, when many gay men were living closeted lives and feared being outed; fear of AIDS ushered in new levels of homophobia; and even policemen sometimes exhibited a lack of concern about
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? BTW - stay home and save lives!!!!!!!! No tan is worth dying for.

I requested and re
Danelle The Librarian
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I have come to life narrative non-fiction because of writers like Elon Green. This book was fantastic, moving, engrossing, sad as hell, and thought provoking. Having had two gay family members in the 1980’s, both of whom died due to AIDS, this book had a special spot in my heart from the beginning. Green captures the hell of being in the closet for a gay person. The way that society saw them as less than. “ Where queer-related crime was concerned, the tenth’s response tended to be, what did ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this book through the Goodreads Giveaway. I was really looking forward to reading this book but was pretty disappointed when i finally read it. It's labeled as a true crime novel about the Last Call Killer but really it's a nonfiction book about the history of gay New York. It really is just the gay history of NY with a murder investigation woven in now and then. As another reviewer said there is way TOO much info given. The history every gay bar or person the least bit associated to it gi ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to @celadonbooks for the early gifted copy of Last Call by Elon Green. I read American Predator by Maureen Callahan last year, and loved it, so I have been wanting to get into more true crime novels. The minds of serial killers are fascinating to me, so this seemed like a perfect true crime novel to dive into.
Last Call focuses on the decades-long search for a serial killer preying on gay men in New York in the 1980s and 1990s. Elon Green meticulously researched the atrocities that occ
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Review of
LAST CALL (A True Story Of Love, Lust, and Murder In Queer New York)
By Elon Green
Gifted & Published by Celadon Books
This was an eye opening true crime story of a serial killer whose sole focus was killing gay men in the 80’s and 90’s in different areas of New York. It brings back the stories that at the time we’re so easily forgotten with homosexuality not being as excepted as it is now, the fear of AIDS spreading through the gay community and mix that in with all the other murd
Lauren Lott Laurenreadsalott
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much @celedon for the advance copy of this book for review!
I love true crime so I was so very excited to have the opportunity to read this one.

This book tells the story of the ‘Last Call’ serial killer that targeted gay men in the late 80s and early 90s.
I can’t believe I had never heard of this case.
Unfortunately due to the time and prejudice, these cases did not get the press that other cases would have.

What I thought was great about this book is that Green really told each victims
Darcia Helle
Last Call is the perfect blend of true crime and social science, providing an intimate look at a community on the outskirts of mainstream, when being gay and AIDS were too often considered synonymous.

Unlike most true crime, this book doesn't focus solely, or even mostly, on the killer. First we meet each of the known victims. We step into their lives, witness their struggles, visit the NYC clubs, and emotionally connect to them as humans, rather than simply gay victims.

We then meet the killer w
In the 80s and 90s, The Last Call killer preyed on the gay community in NYC. In this book, Elon Green tells about the victims and the investigations into the murders. I was so interested while reading about the lives these victims lived, and NYC during the time of the AIDs epidemic.

There was alot of detail! Some very gruesome detail about the murders. I know the author definitely did a great amount of research. I love true crime, and this book really pulled me in from the first page. Lots of inf
Sophie Fahey
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book is a true crime story about the Last Call Killer, who murdered gay men in New York City during the ‘90s. Elon Green did a wonderful job of balancing the hard facts of the case while spending a lot of time exploring the victims and making sure that their stories were at the heart of the book. I also appreciate the historical context in this book, which helped illustrate the LGBTQ+ experience in ‘90s New York City. I didn’t have any familiarity with this case before reading Last Call and ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Thank you Celedon Books for the advance reading copy of Last Call. I haven't read many nonfiction books, mainly because I struggled to get through them. Often, they didn't flow and I felt that I was just getting facts thrown at me. Elon Green did an amazing job writing this book. I loved how he provided back stories for each person that was murdered by the Last Call Killer. You feel like you knew them personally and what their lives were like before these horrible tragedies... Also, I lik ...more
Sejla Kazaferovic
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @celadonbooks for my copy of Last Call by Elon Green. I was thrilled to receive this book and it was one suspense riddled journey!
One thing I really enjoyed about this book is how it’s not your typical thriller. It laid more focus into the victims of the Last Call Killer who preyed upon gay men in the ‘80s and 90’s. My heart bled for the victims and the cruelty they endured and for their families. The author heavily researched their backgrounds and lives as well as adding compoundin
Casey Marlow
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Call by Elon Green is about the Last Call Killer in New York City in the 1980s and 90s. The book is rich with historical context about the severe mistreatment of the LGBTQ+ community, the AIDS epidemic, and the political forces during that time.

I love that the author profiles the victims, giving their lives care and attention rather than only framing them as objects in a story about the killer. I always look for this in true crime books and think it’s so important.

The second half of the boo
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to start this review by saying that I got this book by mistake. It was mailed to me by the publisher when I was expecting another book. True crime is not even my genre, but with the pandemic and libraries closed except for curbside pickup, readers can't be choosers. I am not familiar with the true crime genre, and other reviews indicate that this is a 4 star book. I can say that I felt like I was reading from police reports. There was a huge multi-state group of law enforecement who worke ...more
I am a true crime lover and this book is so well researched. The Last Call Killer preyed upon the gay community in New York during a spree in the nineties. Descriptions in this book are not sparing and I love that in a true crime book.
We follow the victims, the first chapter being about Peter Stickney Anderson, who’s body was found in a rest stop garbage can. There are backgrounds given for each victim and a large background on the gay community in New York at the time, as well as the history o
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Elon Green has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Columbia Journalism Review, and appears in Unspeakable Acts, Sarah Weinman’s anthology of true crime. He has been an editor at Longform since 2011.

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