- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hudson Audio Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: January 8, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0033T5LLS
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Murder Most Gay Audiobook – Unabridged
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1) Completely unbelievable premise: The author expects us to believe that a major metropolitan police department would entrust the capture of (an extremely brutal) serial killer to two rookie cops. OK...fine...I can make that leap. The leap I can't make is that all of the cops, except of course our "hero," seem to be complete and utter morons!
2) Misplaced in time: From what clues I could gather this story is set in the early to mid 1990s. That's a shame, because based on the author's description of DC at that time you'd think it was the most homophobic place in the country (FYI, the city added sexual orientation to their non-discrimination policy IN THE 1970s). The author would have been better served if this story had been a period drama set in the 1960s or 1970s. Which brings me to my next point...
3) Every straight person in this book is a raging homophobe: I literally mean EVERY SINGLE ONE! I grew up in the buckle of the bible belt, and even I had a straight ally or two. I don't understand why EVERY straight person in the book had to be a jerk. It just adds to overall in-credulousness of the story.
4) The "love" story is an afterthought: The love story (if you can call it that) is so disconnected and frazzled that no one (not even the characters in the book) seem to care. You get the feeling the author flipped a coin to decide who the "hero" would end up with.
5) Forgettable characters: Sorry that I keep using "hero" in quotes. The fact is I can't remember any of the characters in this book. Didn't like 'em...didn't care what happened to 'em. I think at one point I was rooting for the serial killer to knock off the lot.
This book is a hot mess from beginning to end. I strongly recommend looking elsewhere for your sexy, gay, whodunnit fix!
As with John Simpson's other works, the story speeds along at a brisk pace and fully engages the reader. Simpson fills this story with enough details of police work so that the story is engrossing and interesting, but not so many details that the pacing is bogged down. The writing style is very clear, concise, and straight-forward. Characters are enjoyable and interesting, and John Simpson's style lets you easily envision them and their situations. Pat is emotionally strong, smart, intelligent, and very resourceful. The entire story is told from his first-person perspective, and it creates a nice rapport with the reader.
As the serial killer victimizes the gay community, the police force is under increasing pressure to find him. Pat is told that he and another rookie cop, Hank, will be working under cover. They are to wear mics and pose as gay men, and try to make themselves a target for the killer. It turns out that Pat roughly matches the type of man the serial killer has been preying upon. Going to the clubs, Pat dances and flirts with the other patrons, all to the intense discomfort of his partner, in order to catch this guy. It's a joy reading how Pat manages to put his partner in his place, stand up for gay people, and yet still keep his orientation a secret. As the body count increases, he safety is put at more and more risk as he places himself in increasingly vulnerable positions. A lot of things happen in this story, and it speeds along at faster and faster pace. Shootouts, car chases, explosions, lives at stake.... there's a lot going on, and it all flows together seamlessly and in a thoroughly enjoying and engaging writing style.
Clear writing, a swift pace, engaging characters, a suspenseful plot... it all adds up. It's a fun, engaging, and absolutely enjoyable tale. I heartily recommend it.
Simpson's first story, Murder Most Gay, is so completely different. I'm not a gay, literary snob and don't get off trying to come across as anyone other than a guy-next-door who loves reading and getting into stories. My father was a cop for a few years and then a fireman, where he retired. I didn't doubt Simpson's story line. And to the other commentor who was raised in a police officers home and challenged the snarky and discriminating comments from other officers in this book...may not have been your experience to know what went on in your city's PD, but is typical in others. Hell, the same second-class treatment is in the armed force, read the news. Sad, but true (& not only homophobia!).
I enjoyed the story, and for a first, think Simpson wrote well. Don't want to spoil the story, but I kept anticipating Dean to be major creep, lol.
While this book was entertaining to an extent, I think it would greatly benefit from a well trained editor. All in all, I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5.