Title: Tainted Love
Author: T. S. Hunter
Pages: 114 Pages
Publisher: Red Dog Press
SOME RELATIONSHIPS ARE JUST MURDER
It’s 1985, and Joe Stone is excited to be joining his old school friend, and lifelong crush, Chris, for a long weekend in London’s Soho—home to a vibrant, developing gay scene, and a million miles from the small town where Joe and Chris grew up.
When Chris is found brutally murdered, the police write his death off as just another rent boy fallen foul of a bad hook up. But Joe knows his friend was killed deliberately, and joins forces with former police detective, Russell Dixon—Chris’s flatmate—to find out why.
Spiralling debt, illicit sex, blackmail, spurned lovers and hard-nosed gangsters all play their part, but who among the celebrities, fashionistas, drag queens, ex-lovers and so-called friends is Chris’s killer?
A noirish whodunnit set in 1980s London, with all the big hair, electro-pop, shoulder pads, police discrimination and lethal killers that the era had to offer.
TAINTED LOVE IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES OF COZY CRIME NOVELLAS.
I say it often but I will say it again. I am the perfect audience for crime, thriller, mystery, and ghost stories. I am jumpy and I never, ever guess who the killer/culprit is. That is one of the many reasons I really enjoyed reading T. S. Hunters crime novella Tainted Love.
Even though it is a very short novella, Hunter manages to pack an awful lot of mystery and intrigue in the pages. I was constantly guessing whodunit and I can honestly say that I didn’t guess the outcome – this probably says a lot more about me and why I am not pursuing a career at Scotland Yard.
Amidst the crime element, Hunter uses London – in particular Soho as the setting which almost becomes a character in itself – especially when the next element is juxtaposed with it – that element, the growing LGBT community during the 80s. Furthermore, Hunter explores the prejudices that someone would in that community would face; not just by the everyday person but more worryingly within the emergency services, in particular – the police, who were meant to protect everyone.
So yes, Tainted Love is a crime noir novella but it is so much more than that.
Tainted Love by T. S. Hunter is available now.
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