The Gay Detective

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Set in the fictional Bay City, a thinly disguised San Francisco circa 1960, The Gay Detective is a hardboiled camp novel centering around a baffling blackmail and murder ring. When the latest corpse turns up and police realize they are faced with still another dead end, they contact the Morely Agency, a detective outfit recently bequeathed to the late Mr. Morely's nephew.
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About the author

Lou Rand is the penname of Lou Rand Hogan, who was a regular contributor to Gourmet and Sunset magazines. He also earned culinary distinction at the Bohemian Club, the Palace Hotel, and the Mark Hopkins, as well as working as the private chef for billionaire industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. It was his experience as a gay man in San Francisco of the 1920s onward, however, that inspired classic works like The Gay Detective (1961) and the cult classic The Gay Cookbook (1965), whose recipes are loaded with double entendres popular during the period. Rand, who also wrote for the Advocate and the Bay Area Reporter, died in 1976.
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Publisher
Cleis Press Start
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Published on
Apr 28, 2012
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781573448734
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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Gertrude Stein called it “the only really modern novel form that has come into existence,” yet the mystery genre was a century old before it featured its first gay main character in a novel. Since then, gay and lesbian detective fiction has been one of the fastest growing segments of the genre. It incorporates gay and lesbian cultural elements and offers crossover appeal. Its authors call upon a century of development in the mystery genre, while providing new, more accurate images of lesbians and gay men than generally found in mainstream literature and popular media. This groundbreaking study of gay and lesbian detective fiction examines mystery series and historically significant stand-alone novels published since the early 1960s. Part I is an overview that describes how these novels make gay and lesbian life visible and forge new, powerful images. It also examines how they fit into the larger history of mystery fiction. The series analyses in Part II are grouped according to the type of main character (police officer, private investigator, amateur sleuth, etc.). Each section discusses main and secondary characters of that type, characteristic themes for the group, and more. The analyses of individual series cover main characters, themes, plot points and other elements. Comments from authors interviewed for this book play a central role in those analyses. Part III lists series-spanning themes (e.g., homophobia, the closet, gay marriage) and the novels and series that address each of those themes.
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