Title: Man Eater
Author: Dick Jones
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Release Date: November 30th 2017
Genre(s): Gay erotica, historical, pulp fiction
Page Count: 218
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
In this reprint of the 70’s gay pulp classic Man Eater, we follow a Vietnam vet tuned detective who makes it his personal mission to find the deadly serial killer of gay men.
Jake Gold knows who he is: He’s gay, American and a Vietnam-war veteran with PTSD who lost the love of his life in country. Jake subsequently hitched his star to the multinational United Nations Crime Control Commission, but nothing prepared him for his search for the “man eater,” a killer cruising Europe for homosexual men who don’t meet his exacting standards of masculinity in this gripping crime thriller that’s as relevant as today’s war on terror. This piece of lost gay pulp literature reworks stereotypes of homosexual men in favor of one that suggests that men are men regardless of which way their desires pointed.
“What became clear to me after a lot of thinking was that the world doesn’t really give a damn what you do in bed. The fact that there were great men who were homosexual meant no more than the fact that there were a lot of great men who were heterosexual.”
You shouldn’t expect a literary masterpiece when you decided to pick up Man Eater. But if you hope to get solely smut then you’ll be probably over-strained.
Even if a new republished and almost forgotten adults-only gay novel could hardy be ranked higher than a common pulp fiction, I have to admit, that I had a lot of fun reading it. Man Eater is a very entertaining mixture of thriller, horror, erotica, philosophical exploration and not least political statements.
Our protagonist, Jack Gold, is a Vietnam veteran and a UNCCC agent who is hunting a serial killer. The victims are exclusively gay hustlers of a high class and, believe me, the killer didn’t get his nickname Man Eater for nothing. Be prepare- not only sex scenes are pretty graphical but also scenes of crimes. The method Jack Gold choses to find the Man Eater is quite funky but considering the genre very enjoyable.
I have to thank Maitland McDonagh for a very interesting and informative introduction. Please, don’t skip it! I think it is also important to know that this novel is a reprint gay pulp classic Man Eater from the 1970s. You’ll view it from an entirely different perspective.