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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and…

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (edição: 2021)

de Elon Green (Autor)

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Título:Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York
Autores:Elon Green (Autor)
Informação:Celadon Books (2021), 272 pages
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Etiquetas:to-read, queer-lit

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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York de Elon Green


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Okay right off the bat: I discovered through reading this book that true crime that involves murder is Not for Me. Green is fairly explicit in his description of the violence involved in these murders, which I assume is par for the course in the genre, and while I wouldn't call it disrespectful, I certainly didn't like it and it gave me nightmares for days.

Genre conventions aside, I thought this was a fairly careful examination of the lives especially of the victims, and of a specific bar scene in New York. The brief portion about queer Youngstown, in exploring the lives of the victims, was actually fascinating (I say as a queer person from Ohio...) and Green notes that he tried his hardest to have the voices of actual queer people as central to this at large. The story of queer organizing against violence seemed a little like a sidetrack in the middle of the story, and as a person who is opposed to hate crime legislation as a solution to violence based in bias, it seemed a fairly uncritical representation of queer people being involved with police (which, in a world where NYC Pride just banned cops in the parade, seems a little weird.) But again, I think genre conventions mean there's less room for a critical examination of policing.

So: not a bad book, and I think people interested in the genre will find this a very careful and well-done story. I just am Not the Audience. ( )
  aijmiller | May 18, 2021 |
True story of love, lust and murder in queer NY in 1980's-90's. ( )
  bogopea | Apr 28, 2021 |
In the mid-nineties, bodies were being discovered dumped in out of the way places outside of New York City. There were similarities in how they were dumped and all of the men were gay. At a time when AIDS was at its peak and homophobia rampant, the disappearance of a few gay men didn't make the news. Elon Green focuses on the stories of the victims and of the lives they led and the gay piano bars of midtown Manhattan where they met the murderer.

This is a well-written and researched work, where the emphasis stays on the lives of four ordinary gay men, whose life paths were very different. It's a snapshot into a time and a place not that long gone, done with respect and empathy. If this is the future of true crime writing, bring it on. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Apr 26, 2021 |
Last Call is a true crime book, telling about the case of the Last Call Killer. The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s and had many hallmarks of more famous, notorious murders. The author speculates that due to the sexuality of the victims, the AIDS crisis and the high murder rates at the time, these cases were all but forgotten. The author’s goal was to bring them to light, and retell the story of the Last Call Killer.

This book definitely gives detailed information about each victim, with the last few chapters culminating with the history of the killer, who was eventually named and tried for his crimes. Many, MANY details are given, and although it is a short book, (about 250 pages) it gives a lot of information both about the victims lives and the crimes that were committed. It was, initially, information overload. I felt like I was reading about these people with almost no context. It was hard to remember and differentiate characters, until I got a little more used to the style that the author was using. I felt like this retelling of facts about the victims could have been handled a little differently, and could have engaged me more. Although I did enjoy hearing about the victims and their lives, it was a little confusing in the beginning.

By the end of the book, I was far more engaged, and definitely wanted to see who the killer was! It took a long time to get there, but finally the book named a killer (who eventually was prosecuted for the crime). The author definitely took the stance that these crimes were brushed under the rug, so to speak, because of the sexual orientation of the victims. Although that may be true, I also feel that the disorganization of the investigation could have been because of the multi jurisdictional nature of the crimes. Most of the men were taken from New York, but many of the bodies were found in other states and jurisdictions (such as, New Jersey). At the time, the investigators and prosecutors seemed to have difficulty figuring out who should prosecute the case, where the evidence should go and even some difficulty with processing evidence that was collected. I don’t deny that some of the lackadaisical attitude COULD have been because gay men were being murdered, it also probably wasn’t the only reason that it took so long to find and prosecute the Last Call Killer.

Overall, this book was enjoyable, once I got used to the formatting and the style of writing. The first few chapters I felt a little lost, and felt like there may have been a better way to start the book. The ending was solid, and made reading the book worth it. Overall, I gave this book 3 of 5 stars. It was hard to get into, and I felt like the writing style was something that I (personally) didn’t really jive with. If you have a big interest in this killer, or LOVE true crime, this might just be your book! ( )
  JNawrocki | Apr 1, 2021 |
I'm super glad I got the chance to read this book. As both a queer woman and a fan of true crime, I was shocked with how unfamiliar I was with this story. It seems obvious to say that America was unkind to gay men in the 80s, but it was still shocking to see some of the things recounted in this book. AIDs was in its full swing, and like that wasn't enough, law enforcement was unwilling to link these crimes together and acknowledge that there was yet another serious threat to queer men in their area. It was frustrating to read, but ultimately, that's what makes stories like this compelling to me and important to read. The author did a great job piecing together bits of the story and giving important players their time to shine throughout the book. This book really highlighted how the culture at the time played a role in the killings that happened. ( )
  SCal | Mar 28, 2021 |
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