Androgynous Murder House Party: Tales from the Back Page #3

Androgynous Murder House Party: Tales from the Back Page #3

by Steven Rigolosi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977378760
Publisher: Ransom Note Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Tales from the Back Page Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Steven Rigolosi is the best-selling author of The Outsmarting of Criminals, chosen by Oprah's editors as one of the five best mysteries of Fall 2014. Library Journal has called him a "completely fresh voice in the mystery genre." He is a two-time David Award winner from Deadly Ink and lives in northern New Jersey.

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Androgynous Murder House Party: Tales from the Back Page #3 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A strange holiday weekend commences when Robin Anders, an extreme fussbudget and wealthy estate owner, invites six friends to stay in his mansion. When a few dreadfully near-fatal mishaps occur during their stay, Robin gets a sneaking suspicion that one of his friends is plotting murder, and worse yet, he just may be the victim. However, all of the friends manage to survive the lavish weekend and return to their normal lives in Manhattan. Well, normal until someone unexpectedly dies thus giving Robin the impetus to start his own private investigation of all the remaining friends. In the meantime, readers are taken on a whirlwind ride, one in which the author questions the sexual orientation and identity of the characters -- for you see, Robin, Lee, Alex, Law, Chris, Terry and J, are all of ambiguous gender. Are they male or female, straight or gay, and who did the murdering in the first place? Hopefully it will all be tidied up in a succinct answer by the time the reader finishes the story, or will it? Author Steven Rigolosi's strange tale of androgyny and unknown sexual orientation wrapped up in a great murder mystery that has plenty of plot twists, keeps the reader on his toes. It is a bit confusing at times, but definitely thought provoking. Robin, the main character is quite hilarious, but also nasty, and has a few strange quirks including narcissism, and a constant need for wonder pills which are oddly named after numerous fruits and vegetables. What keeps readers riveted throughout the story is Rigolosi's vivid descriptions of all the characters. At the same time, the author leaves critically important points out of the mix that keep readers guessing as to the characters' gender. The suspense thickens when Robin, who is seen as more of a wilting flower than an FBI trained investigator, decides he/she must discover who killed one of the friends. Androgynous Murder House Party is an enjoyable read and written in such a way to both confuse and hook readers with countless questions of "what is it?" and "who did it?". Quill says: Androgynous Murder House Party is a story with a strange cast of unusual characters that is neatly woven into an even stranger murder and "who dun it?" investigation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book I thought the whole concept seemed impossible (the idea that none of the characters has a gender assignment, and the reader has to figure out which characters are men and which are women. Early in the book there's a hint saying three are male, three are female, three are straight, and three are gay.) I really wondered how an author could pull this off and I doubted it could be done. But I was really wrong. Rigolosi pulls it off by making his characters a bunch of pretentious NYC types who all speak in an elevated, snotty way that could be either male or female, which really works. The plot is interesting in that all the clues are planted early, before there is even a crime, and the massively egocentric narrator, Robin Anders, is too self absorbed to notice anything wrong. Meanwhile the reader is wondering when Robin will be murdered, but Robin's not the victim at all! Using all the contacts that go with being a member of Manhattan's "High Society" Robin threatens, cajoles, flirts, and blackmails his or her way around Manhattan until he OR SHE unravels a complicated plot. What I loved is how the ending is so totally in sync with the narrator, you would need to read the book to understand what I am talking about. I am receommending this to all my smart friends who can handle a fun challenge. I don't think it's for the kind of people who can't handle a novel-length parody of everything. This author must look like a bullfrog from having his tongue in his cheek for 300 pages.
ChristineTre More than 1 year ago
Imagine if you entered a room and could not tell if anyone in it is male or female. That is the premise of ANDROGYNOUS MURDER HOUSE PARTY. It's told in first person by a narrator named Robin Anders, a spoiled NYC snob who is one of Manhattan's cultural elite. Robin is surrounded by people with names like Alex, Chris, and J, and it's not until page 50 or so that you realize you have no idea whether any of them are male or female. But that's only part of the fun. This is simply a hilarious read, witty and nasty, with a narrator so over the top that he or she must be based on a real person. Robin Anders is related to seemingly every major literary figure of the last three centuries, pops pills like candy, gets into arguments with every clerk in New York City, and in general is the world's most unreliable narrator, EXCEPT for the fact that Robin is also incredibly observant, with some absolutely killer lines and the ability (when on the proper medication) to figure out exactly what is going on. This is not only a great mystery (with lots of turnabouts) but also a satire on the pretension of Manhattan society and "social elite." And the way the author manages to write around the gender of every single character is nothing short of ingenious. This book is one of a kind, I've never read anything like it, but I laughed throughout and enjoyed the plot twists. As for me, I'm convinced that Robin Anders is a pretentious man, but my husband argues that Robin is a militant lesbian. Half the fun is in guessing. Highly recommended, politically incorrect, and a real treat for anyone with a literary bent who enjoys the self-consciously elevated prose that the author manages to carry off from the first page to the last.