Drop ... Dead: The DJ Murders


Half the fun is guessing who the characters are based on!

Dropping was no big deal for Joey De Vera. Everyone at Klub Galaxy took "party favors." They were circuit boys and they lived the fast-lane life of sex, drugs, designer jeans, and disco dancing. That is, until the night the DJ dropped—dead—and the trail of clues led Joey across dance floors on both sides of the Pacific Rim to a shocking discovery. Smart, suspenseful, and wickedly funny, Drop ... Dead: The DJ Murders is an...

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Half the fun is guessing who the characters are based on!

Dropping was no big deal for Joey De Vera. Everyone at Klub Galaxy took "party favors." They were circuit boys and they lived the fast-lane life of sex, drugs, designer jeans, and disco dancing. That is, until the night the DJ dropped—dead—and the trail of clues led Joey across dance floors on both sides of the Pacific Rim to a shocking discovery. Smart, suspenseful, and wickedly funny, Drop ... Dead: The DJ Murders is an inside look at gay circuit parties and clubs, set in San Francisco at the height of the dot-com boom and filled with topical references that will leave you wondering, "Hey—is that who I think it is?"

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What People Are Saying

Mary Wings
Jump down this exciting rabbit-hole with Joey, a young Filipino klub boy, and a metrosexual cast of characters in this new murder mystery DROP DEAD. Visit the clubs, take the drugs, fly past the circuit boys, pod boyz, and sticky Azians whose glow stick offenses light up a murder, right at Joey's feet. There are lots of tragedies caused by all kinds of things, and author Tonne Serah is determined from the bottom of his k-hole to the top of his rolling peak to keep us guessing. When DEA agents start defecting under the influence and San Francisco's first transgendered police officer turns out to have something on the Mayor, things heat up for real—but is Joey too tweaked out to handle the details before it's too late? Or will Sketcherella give him just the opportunity he needs? Put DROP DEAD next to your bed, or your stash box, and find out. (Mary Wings, author of She Came Too Late and the Emma Victor Mysteries)
Sister Kitty Catalyst
Tonne Serah will flip your triggers on a bumpy ride of campy and dirty fun trolling through the club scenes and the pits of politics in search of answers and better living through chemistry. (Sister Kitty Catalyst OCP, über-nun and homo-propagandist, co-founder of the SF Queer Klub and Party Outreach Project)
Stephen O. Murray
More important than answering the "whodunit?" question, is the wry new voice of Tonne Serah observing the lifeways of Asian-Americans in the club and circuit party scene. Drop...Dead is VERY funny while delivering a clear political message on the indifference to harm reduction measures.

The sociological interest of Drop...Dead should not blind readers to the pleasures of the queenly sardonic voice of the narrator and of the characters or of the black comedy of the intersection of ecstasy and murder in the clubs. Along with showing a scene from today's gay world rarely depicted with accuracy or subtley, Tonne Serah's novel provides many LOL pleasures of the text. (Stephen O. Murray, author of Angkor Life and Pacific Homosexualities)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560236351
  • Publisher: Haworth Press, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Gay Men's Fiction Series
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

From the author:

"Inspired by Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, I originally wrote Drop ... Dead one episode at a time, which I sent out every other week to an e-mail list. Like Tales of the City, it has a lot of topical references that will have readers trying to guess who the characters and places are based on. In fact, the club where most of the action takes place is a real place-or was. Although I poke fun at the party scene and its denizens, Drop ... Dead also makes some serious points about the craziness of the war on drugs, the lessons of the AIDS epidemic, and why we need harm reduction."

Drop ... Dead: The DJ Murders offers an unvarnished view of the gay party scene and a multi-cultural, metrosexual, gender-bending cast of characters—including an Asian-American hero, a straight couple, a 1970s activist-turned-circuit boy, a police officer of ambiguous gender, a sinister transsexual, and the hilarious but ominous "pod boys."

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Read an Excerpt

It was 3:07 a.m. by Joey's Pop Halo watch and a bank of sweat and stale disco smoke was rolling across the dance floor of Klub Galaxy like skanky fog. Joey tried blinking but he could barely see past the end of his arm.

One glance up, though, and he knew exactly where he was. Beneath the spinning lantern, dead center of the dance floor of San Francisco's biggest queer night klub. This was his spot, where he danced every weekend, surrounded by hundreds of glistening male bodies sliding against each other like sausages in a meat factory while the deep house mixes of dj Marcus Barker made the air vibrate in front of his eyes.

Or was that because he was rolling? No, because he was hardly rolling at all. Marcus B had just spun out his favorite song—Madonna's "Music" (albeit, a tragically flawed mix by Rumblesnatch)-and he should be flying but he wasn't. Manny and his damn Little Buddhas. They should call them Little Putas, just like him.

Then Joey heard the unmistakable opening beats of "Dive in the Pool," a song he detested with every fiber of his being.

That's it, he decided, I'm dropping again.

Drop ... Dead: The DJ Murders is a must read not just for fans of murder mysteries and detective stories, but for anyone who enjoys comedy and satire as well. The book also appeals to anyone interested in queer cultural politics, the social policies of the war on drugs, and the world of today's gay circuit parties and dance clubs.

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Table of Contents

Episode 1 Hey Mister DJ
Episode 2 Jump into the Pool
Episode 3 Above the Clouds
Episode 4 Bading Calling
Episode 5 Waiting for Tonight
Episode 6 I Have Nothing to Say
Episode 7 My Love iIs Your Love
Episode 8 I'd Surely Not Break You
Episode 9 If I Wear a Miniskirt
Episode 10 I Will Survive
Episode 11 Beautiful/Stranger
Episode 12 Some Days I Just Don't Feel Right
Episode 13 Don't Tell Me
Episode 14 Time iIs Now
Episode 15 Cameras Ready Prepare to Flash
Episode 16 Don't Call Me . . . Baby
Episode 17 Watching Shadows Move Across the Wall
Episode 18 There's a Stranger in My House
Episode 19 Let Yourself Shine Through
Episode 20 Guide the Rocket
Episode 21 I Can't Eat, I Can't Sleep Anymore
Episode 22 No More Drama
Episode 23 I Smell the Sin
Episode 24 Walk for Me
Episode 25 Out of My Way I'm Running
Episode 26 I'm Gonna Catch You if I Can
Episode 27 Rapture Tastes So Sweet
Episode 28 It's Murder on the Dance Floor
Episode 29 I'm Damaged So How Would I Know? (The Infamous Karaoke Episode)
Episode 30 We Are Family
Episode 31 We're Giving Love in a Family Dose
Episode 32 Sing it Back to Me
Episode 33 Your Morphine iIs Making Me Itch
Episode 34 I'm Gonna Break the Cycle
Episode 35 Gotta Get Through This
Episode 36 Irre-irre-irresistible
Episode 37 You Gotta Get Wwith It if You Want to Get Wwith Me
Episode 38 Beyond All Hope and Reason
Episode 39 Wherever You Go I Will Follow
Episode 40 . . . Cause I Was Wrong
Episode 41 I See Right Through to You
Episode 42 Die Another Day, Uh-Kay?
Episode 43 I'm Gonna Avoid the Cliché
Episode 44 It's Not My Time toGo
Episode 45 There's So Much More to Know
Episode 46 I'm Gonna Wake Up Yes and No
Episode 47 Galaxies Sliding into View
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