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The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography Paperback – August 4, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0810856813 ISBN-10: 0810856816

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (August 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810856816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810856813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a discussion of more than 600 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes... (American Reference Books Annual)

This excellent reference offers detailed coverage of writers familiar to mainstream mystery readers....and many more published by specialist gay publishers. (Jon L. Breen Mystery Scene)

For anyone (whether reader or writer) interested in the gay male sleuth as a fictional genre, this books is, by far, the most comprehensive work to date....The book is chockablock with useful and interesting information....Finally, if you're ever in a good mood for a gay detective novel, but you haven't a clue what's 'out there' for your reading pleasure, you need look no farther than Professor Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film. It just doesn't get any easier than this. (Independent Gay Writer)

Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed.... (Reference and Research Book News)

The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a bona-fide invaluable and welcome companion for any mystery buff, including those of us interested in tracking down any transgender existent within that particular genre. (Transgender Forum Book Review)

For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths. (Josh Aterovis, Author of the Killian Kendall Mystery Series Black Sheep Productions)

Dr. Gunn has provided us with the definitive reference guide for a fascinating but previously neglected genre of popular culture. This work will serve as a companion for leisure reading and a baseline for future scholarly research. (Eric Smith, LGBT Studies Librarian, Duke University)

Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed. (Reference and Research Book News)

Through his citations and often-extensive annotations, Professor Gunn provides abundant information about the gay male sleuth in various modes of fictions. (Professor John Krammer, Author of College Mystery Novels: An Annotated Bibliography and Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction)

There are some books, which you can never resist. You pick it up, just to check something, and an hour later are still browsing happily. Wayne Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is one of those books....The breadth and depth of Gunn's research is astonishing. He features more than 600 novels, over 100 films and about 20 TV shows-and you get the distinct feeling he knows each one of these inside-out! This is an important and worthy addition to crime fiction scholarship. (Reviewingtheevidence.Com)

Definitive work destined to be a classic. (Josh Lanyon, author)

...compehensive, detailed and eye-opening...a critical but loving light on a unique world, one populated by rogues and lovers, the closeted and the out, the brave and the fearful, the living and the dead. In other words, a world very much like the one we wake up to every day. (Mike Crawmer Out)

...excellent new historical overview... (Crime Spree Magazine)

...a much needed guide....Gunn's book is both accurate and readable, as well as being admirably comprehensive....Any fan of gay mysteries will want to have a copy. (Torso)

About the Author

Drewey Wayne Gunn is Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is the author of several articles and books including Mexico in American and British Letters (Scarecrow, 1974) and Tennessee Williams (Scarecrow, 1980; 2nd ed., 1991).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Josh Aterovis on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film by Drewey Wayne Gunn is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths.

It's obvious that Gunn has done his homework here, and equally obvious that this is a genre he loves. While academic in nature, the book is easy to read and understand, and actually quite enjoyable. It certainly fills a void. While there have been a few other studies and bibliographies on LGBT mystery and detectives novels, they missed many titles and practically ignored books featuring gay males. There were virtually no books indexing gay male sleuths in film.

There is much to learn in these pages, even for a writer of a gay male sleuth! For instance, did you know that the first recognizably gay detective did not appear until 1953 in an English novel The Heart in Exile by Rodney Garland? However, it was not marketed as a gay mystery and so it is often overlooked. The first actual gay sleuth presented as such appeared in 1961 in a pulp novel by Lou Rand titled The Gay Detective. It too was largely overlooked because of its pulp origins. It was only recently that gay mystery novels really took off and became truly a marketable subgenre.

Gunn breaks his history into bite-sized sections based on authors, characters, themes, and sometimes the target audience. For instance, you'll find Bleeding Hearts listed under Teenage Sleuths (for Teenage Readers). The bibliography claims to be the most comprehensive ever offered on this subject, including more than 600 novels, over 100 movies, and nearly 20 television or video series.

If you enjoy mysteries in general, and gay mysteries in particular, then you'll want to be sure to pick up a copy of this book. It will provide you with a reading list to last a long, long time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Downs on March 29, 2006
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Wayne Gunn's THE GAY MALE SLEUTH IN PRINT AND FILM covers books and movies never treated with any seriousness among bibliographers--that's because, in order to treat gay issues, an author often had to market his or her works as pulp fiction. Here, Gunn has treated pulp as if it mattered, and found some eye-opening themes and ideas, hidden in the genre fiction. His work is a labor of love: pulp is not generally available at your neighborhood bookstore! His work is thorough, smart, and very readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor J. Banis on April 13, 2006
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Like the gay sleuths of whom he writes, esteemed scholar and gay historian Gunn leaves no stone unturned in his roundup of gay detective and mystery fiction. As entertaining as it is erudite, this reference book belongs on the shelf of every mystery lover, and especially of every fan of gay fiction and gay history. Victor J. Banis, author of TALES FROM C.A.M.P., JACKIE'S BACK
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