Felice Picano is the author of 19 books, including the literary memoirs Ambidextrous, Men Who Loved Me, and A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay as well as the best-selling novels Like People in History, Looking Glass Lives, The Lure, and Eyes. He is the founder of Sea Horse Press, one of the first gay publishing houses, which later merged with two other publishing houses to become the Gay Presses of New York. With Andrew Holleran, Robert Ferro, Edmund White, and George Whitmore, he founded the Violet Quill Club to promote and increase the visibility of gay authors and their works. He has edited and written for The Advocate, Blueboy, Mandate, GaysWeek, Christopher Street, and Books Editor of The New York Native and has been a culture reviewer for The Los Angeles Examiner, San Francisco Examiner, New York Native, Harvard Lesbian & Gay Review, and the Lambda Book Report. He has won the Ferro-Grumley Award for best gay novel (Like People in History) and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award for short-story. He was a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award and has been nominated for three Lambda Literary Awards. A native of New York, Felice Picano now lives in Los Angeles.
The Lureby Felice Picano
Noel Cummings’s life is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal murder, Noel is recruited to assist the police by acting as the lure for a killer who has been targeting gay men. Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the dark side of Manhattan's gay life that stirs his own secret desires—until he forgets he is only playing a role. See more details below
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Noel Cummings’s life is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal murder, Noel is recruited to assist the police by acting as the lure for a killer who has been targeting gay men. Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the dark side of Manhattan's gay life that stirs his own secret desires—until he forgets he is only playing a role.
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Wow. You wont be able to put it down. Quite a ride.
The Lure by Felice Picano Noel Cummings is an NYU student in sociology. One day while riding his bike, he witnesses a murder. He's so sick from it that when a mysterious police agent called Anton Loomis requests Noel's assistance in catching the killer, Noel accepts and becomes part of the operation called "the Whisper." Noel becomes "the Lure" that will help catch the criminal labeled "Mr. X." Noel is told to leave his normal heterosexual life and infiltrate the gay subculture of 1976. Bars, bathhouses, discos, back rooms and all the achronisms of gay life become everyday life for Noel. But soon things change. Another of the Whisper associates, Buddy Vega, shows Noel a dossier of his life. In it Noel's life is summarized as someone who can be manipulated and he gets a label of latent homosexual - one who will kill if managed appropriately. Noel realizes he's a pawn in Loomis game, and Lommis may be behind a most sinister plot to overtake the gay businesses. Soon Noel has no clue who he can trust - and most importantly who's the real bad guy. Narrated from Noel's third person point of view this is Mr. Picano's finest psychological thriller. Noel is drawn into the two parts of his self: "He felt as though he were splitting into two selves. One Noel was absolutely astonished, crushed by this final disaster, the last blow of months of confusion and pain and uncertainty, the knowledge that he was being controlled by someone else; worse, turned into a robot with a deadly mission. But the other half - his professional, intellectual self - was utterly fascinated. Here he was, playing around with minority group social attitudes ans Loomis - a genius - was performing effective social-modification behavior - not on laboratory monkeys, not on children, but on 'him.'" The book is also a study on gay culture in the late seventies: Noel had "always associated homosexuality with feminine gestures and speech. But in here it was just the opposite: an extreme manliness, unruffled, almost frontiersman calm as though all those Gary Cooper movies had come to life." But most important, the book is a love triangle between Noel, Eric Hull Redfen (owner of most of the gay clubs in Manhattan) and his girlfriend, Alana de Vijt (a famous model). In the end, Noel chose Eric: Noel "had fallen in love with Eric as he had with Alana, expecting nothing back, not even desiring a return from either of them now." I love everything Felice has ever written and find it hard to believe he has not gotten more recognition....
I couldn't put this book down.
Groovy psychosexual thriller set in the 70s about a straight man lured into the gay lifestyle to catch a killer.