Night of the Sadist

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Title: Night of the Sadist
Author: Paul Laurie
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Release Date: April 26th 2018
Genre(s): Gay erotica, historical, pulp fiction
Page Count: 116
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Journalist Tom Maxon’s investigation into his brother Bob’s brutal murder takes him deep into the underworld of BDSM clubs and parties in this Agatha Christie-style mystery with a twist: Can Tom unmask the vicious killer before he strikes again?

I am aware that the main idea of vintage gay pulp fiction from the pre-Internet and pre-AIDS era was to fulfill the erotic fantasies of its readers in the first place and less to impress them as a literary work, but as already Man Eater, my first book in the 120 Days Books collection, this book again positively surprised me with a solid writing and a brisk smart plot.

Don’t underestimate vintage gay genre.

I am looking forward to reading more of this collection and I’d like to express my gratitude to the Riverdale Avenue Books and to Maitland McDonagh for this idea to republish unjustly forgotten gay adults-only novels of the 1960s and ’70s.

In Night of the Sadist journalist Tom Maxon investigates on his own the brutal(REALLY VERY BRUTAL) death of his brother Bob, because the police doesn’t have any interest to find a murderer of a faggot who got himself killed by some hustler. Bob wrote gay erotica for a small publisher and spent his free time in wild sex parties.

The clue to his death could be find either in Bob’s last manuscript, the writing of de Sade who inspired him for his last novel and for sure somewhere in the circle of his friends and acquaintances. It means Tom has to read his last draft and to attend the BDSM scene where Bob spent most part of his time. Probably you’ll find the killer quicker than Tom and if you a real BDSM expert you will find some unauthentic scenes to complain with, but don’t forget the main target of these books: to arouse erotic fantasies and joie de vivre.

Be prepared for a LOT of kinky dark steamy sex, that is everything but not repetitive, and an entertaining engaging mystery. Those books are part of gay pop culture and a hidden history, a must read for all lovers of gay erotica.
Very recommended.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.