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The scene is post-World War II Fort Myers, Florida, where local statutes prohibit gambling and "mixed-race" serving staff in hotels, and same-sex love is a felony. So what is former navy lieutenant Dan Ewing, manager of the Caloosa Hotel, doing in bed with former marine sergeant and present Fort Myers P.D. detective Spencer "Bud" Wright? Well, uh, trying to solve the mystery of bullets that have killed two men--one black, one white--and a cross burnt by bedsheet-wearing locals on the Caloosa's grounds. What might the connection between the murders and the cross burning be? Trying to whitewash them seems to muddy waters already thick with blood, so Dan and Bud undertake their own exploration. Meanwhile, Dan, though plagued by nightmares of floating bodies and lost loves, has come to terms with his homosexuality, unlike Bud, still struggling with denial. Mackle focuses this whydunnit on the men's relationship, using the details of the mystery and the cover-up to illuminate their deepening attachment as Bud's disenchantment with the town's power structure grows. Whitney Scott
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Armed forces veteran Elliott Mackle is the author of It Takes Two. He lives in San Francisco, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters. The actual murder mystery isn’t terribly engaging (even the police detective seems to... Read more
This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters. The actual murder mystery isn’t terribly engaging (even the police detective seems to forget about it at... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Sarah
Really wonderfully written period novel. Multiple themed: 1940's South, PTSD, letting go, learning to live with one's self, m/m romance. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by daveh
It Takes Two is a gay historical romance/mystery set right after World War II in the Southern town of Fort Myers, Florida. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by J. Suarez
The year is 1949, in Fort Meyers FL, a city generally uncomfortable as it pushes
toward racial integration, definitely wary about "sissies" and generally
distrustful of... Read more
I am a fan of Elliott Mackle's work--he's an accomplished writer with a world of experience behind him. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I've read IT TAKES TWO three times in the past year, and I will read it again. And, probably again after that. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This was a book which made me fell in love with Elliott Mackle's writing. I bought the old paperback edition couple years ago from the third party seller on Amazon and when I saw... Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Sirius
Elliot Mackle is the Tom Wolfe of gay fiction. This book is a great romp, an tender love story and full of enchanting characters. Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by CHARLIE