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Finger's Breadth: A Gay Thriller: From the Lambda Award Finalist Kindle Edition
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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.
"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.
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. Removing that "finger's breadth" that separate men from madness, he also removed the reason why they were different.
Not all the men in this story will find their balance, but I think some of them did. I have high hope for Varney and Taylor, that they will be able to understand what is really important in life and that maybe they will give a chance to love, a chance that till now they were too scared to see.