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About the Author

M.Christian is an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 300 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites. He is the editor of 20 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others. He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Pornotopia, and Coming Together Presents M.Christian; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His Web site is www.mchristian.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Zumaya Boundless (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934841463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934841464
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,375,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. Christian started with a mystery and ended with a psychological thriller. There is a mad man out there picking gay men, drugging them and cutting their pinkie finger. Nothing else. It doesn't seem a great crime, but it's still a crime, and the police had to investigate. Problem is that the only main trait of all victims is to be gay, aside from that they are black and white, young and old, poor and rich. People is scared, private clubs close down every day and in the meantime, day after day, a new victim joins the club... since now, being a victim of the Cutter is trendy, if you are not one, then probably you have something wrong. Now it's not only the police that is searching for the Cutter, they are the same victims who WANT to be found. In a kind of ironic twist, the villain becomes the hero, and the reader starts to understand that everyone can be the villain, as everyone could have been the victim.

There are various life intertwining their destinies, Fanning, the freelance cop who wants to find the Cutter, but maybe he is not searching for justice; Varney, the first victim, a newspaper reporter who is now following the case and who apparently is the only one who can see that being a victim is not a great thing; Taylor, the only victim who escaped with all his intact fingers, but who is not more scared than before; Trancherman0191, who trolls the gay chats in search of "victims"... but in the end, all of them can be a victim and all of them can be the Cutter, and truth be told, you will realize it's no more important to know who is the Cutter, because he realized what seemed impossible to achieve, he levelled all men to the same point, he allowed the shy to be bold, the bold to be scared, the victim to be aggressor and the aggressor to be victim.
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To be effective, the act of literary intercourse between horror and erotica should be deeply unsettling. It should leave the reader feeling excited by uncomfortable, overwhelmed by equal parts dread and anticipation. If you've ever read any of his work, you know M. Christian understands this better than most. With his latest, he has woven a tale that permits the reader but a finger's breadth of space between fear and arousal. His deft control of the story makes us feel the blade of the assailant, but it's his subtle manipulation of our emotions that makes us desire the cut of the victim.

The story starts out with simple, if deliciously perverse, premise. A mysterious figure is haunting the underground community of San Francisco, abducting young gay men and cutting off the tip of their little finger. As creepy and unsettling as the abductions are, it's what comes after that comprises the bulk of the story. It's a testament to M. Christian's writing skill that, no matter how creepy or weird it gets, we're encouraged to embrace the guiltiest of pleasures by indulging in the tale. In the end, we're so deeply involved that we can't pull away from the final horrors ahead, but are left instead delighted and deliciously spent.
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Finger's Breadth is an erotic noir mystery ostensibly about a psycho that terrorizes the S.F. gay community by drugging men and surgically removing the tips of their pinky finger on one hand. As the story progresses a sort of collective psychosis grips the Bay Area gay scene that is manifested in myriad ways, including copycat cutters, widespread risky activities, glamorizing victims and even the body mod becoming a popular fad. This is a fascinating and totally unique scenario that while somewhat bizarre is also totally plausible. It is easy to imagine the ripple effect from the cutter's actions playing out similarly in real life. Highly recommended.
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From the Prelude onwards, we're carried along on a roller coaster, with this fasted paced novel, fresh from the keyboard of M.Christian. "Finger's Breadth" starts with the cops, as they interview the latest character to be mutilated after a sleazy night, out on the San Francisco streets. Typically, the interviewee can tell them nothing; he doesn't remember, or doesn't want to.
"He cut part of your f*****g finger off," says the exasperated cop.
"Yeah, but it could have been worse." is the philosophical response.

One thing you can rely on M.Christian for, is a damn good story And "Finger's Breadth is no exception; I think it's his best one yet. As always, I get the feeling that he's dancing ahead of me; laughing, teasing. Never taunting; M.Christian is a writer who respects his reader. He just has fun along with us, weaving his superbly crafted tale.

I mean, who'd have thought that you could write a story about Gay men waking up in the morning, minus part of a finger? It's surreal; a crazy notion. "right hand little finger amputated at the first joint..." Yes it's a ridiculous idea -- and yet -- it works.

This is a visual novel, in the tradition of the best Film Noir. Dark, still and silent. Characters moving into shot, then out of shot. Yet, as I said earlier, fast paced too, as one character, then another, tells their part of the story. A jigsaw put painstakingly together and it's only on the final pages that the reader sees the complete whole.

It's erotic; a comment on desire. A comment on our crazed need to have the ultimate fashion statement.

This book is totally weird and unsettling. And the reader just accepts what is going on, with all its weirdness. The reader is complicit. But more than anything, it's a great story, a great read. Takes me back to long ago, when I first discovered what a joy reading could be. It's as simple as that; being intrigued, being told a good story.
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