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A Queer Kind of Death (Alyson Classics Library) Paperback – July 1, 2000


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  • Series: Alyson Classics Library
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555834485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555834487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony P Perrotta on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Though the book was first published back in 1966, it was a surprisingly good and funny read. The protagonist, Pharoah Love, is a black, gay police detective in NYC investigating a rather unusual murder case... This is actually prolific writer George Baxt's first novel. "A Queer Kind of Death" is chock-full of bizarre characters, murky subplots, and the usual stereotypes and prejudices you would expect to find in New York during the late 60's. It definitely gave me more than a few chuckles, and since it's the first book of the series, I'm looking forward to reading more...Though it seems most of the other titles are out-of-print, that may not be the easiest task. Worth a look if you enjoy mysteries with a 'queer' twist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a murder mystery with very unlikely protagonists. It takes place in the 1960's in a very campy and 'hip' environment. The characters are male gays who aren't fully out about their sexual orientation - - this is the 60's, remember. They are half in and half out of the closet and a lot of what they do and think in the story is alluded to rather than said. This is not because of the book's literary quality but rather, propriety.

Pharoah Love is a gay black detective looking for Seth Piro's ex-lover's murderer. The book is conceptually quite interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
The one word quote from the Times review is apt. A fun read. Here is the blurb from the cover of the IPL Library of Crime Classics edition (which has an entertaining 1986 forward from Baxt included): "This is a detective story, and unlike any other that you have read. No brief review can attempt to convey its quality. I merely note that it deals with a Manhattan sub-culture wholly devoid of ethics or morality, that staid readers may well find it 'shocking,' that it is beautifully plotted and written with elegance and wit, that I have certain reservations concerning its strict technical fairness, and that you must under no circumstances miss it. This is announced as the first of a trilogy about the dual minority (Negro and homosexual) police detective Pharoah Love; and I wish I could simply estivate until the second appears." -- Anthony Boucher, June 12, 1966.

Well, Boucher generally knows his stuff (even though I'm not sure about that "estivate" thing in there, which looks like it means "to spend the summer in a torpid state.") His recommendations are rarely off the mark, and this book is not one of his rare misses. Of course times have changed in the last 40 years, so not many readers -- staid or not -- will be that shocked. Amused, probably, though.
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