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New Hope for the Dead by Charles Willeford
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One way to understand the history of detective fiction is to weigh out the changing balance between character-building and the central plot.

The Victorian ancestors of "detective fiction" proper were much richer in character than in plot. Consider Th
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The Hornets' Nest by Bruno Fischer
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Stud by Phil Andros
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It's unbelievable that Stud still hasn't been reissued. Original copies cost hundreds of dollars. Even the Alyson edition, which I read, is expensive, and it's abridged to the point where a full third of the book is gone. After Justin Spring's biogra ...more
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Perversity by Francis Carco
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Perversity is really unfairly neglected. Despite some fine pedigree (Carco was a member of the Academie Goncourt, Perversity is translated by Jean Rhys), the book has achieved very little recognition. The beginning, it's true, is rather dull, and the ...more
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Gamefinger by Clyde Allison
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Memos From Purgatory by Harlan Ellison
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The best that I can say of Memos is intermittently entertaining. One thing that the other reviews here don't make clear enough is that the book does not read like a memoir. In fact, it's barely distinguishable from juvenile delinquent novels popular ...more
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Frost by Richard Amory
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I had been skeptical of Richard Amory after reading the rather abominable Listen the Loon Sings, but I picked up Frost in a lot of books recently and was very charmed. Amory is a competent writer with obvious passion for his material. For better and ...more
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Shuttlecock by Phil Andros
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My first Phil Andros. Phil meets a hippie on Telegraph while hustling on the Berkeley campus. He takes the hippie home, sucks him off, and decides to give him a place to stay. Phil is feeling rather glum. At 28, he's getting old for a hustler, and he ...more
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Killing Time by Donald E. Westlake
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Red Harvest is the right comparison. Lead character is a dick in a rotten town in upstate New York. Everything runs okay, but the politicians all have an angle. The book begins with a hired killer trying to knock off the lead dick. He is somehow very ...more
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I Am Proud To Be Gay Now I Want To Be Free by John Ironstone
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This is a pretty anomalous title. It's the first Blueboy I've read all the way through, but I've thumbed through some others that edge toward the fuckbook end of things. This book is sex positive and has a few porny scenes but it's basically a preach ...more
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