Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beach Reading, by Mark Abramson

(pb; 2008: first novel in the Beach Reading series)

From the back cover:

"Gay tourists are arriving in San Francisco by the planeload for the 'party of the decade' at the Moscone Center, a tribute to the late disco star Sylvester. On the same night as the dance party, evangelist Arlo Montgomery is bringing his nationwide crusade against gay rights to the Civic Auditorium a few blocks away. And Tim Snow's activist friends are planning a protest. For Tim, the fun - and the intrigue - are just about to begin."


Fun, smart, political novel, with lively characters and City evocative storytelling whose structure and effervescent style can be directly linked to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series - a link that Abramson acknowledges with a Babycakes mention, late in the novel.

That said, Beach Reading is more than a tautly written update of Tales; Abramson's "voice" shines through Maupin's template, more frenetic and equally rich in living (character-wise) City history.

Worth checking out, this.

Followed by numerous sequels, the first of which is Cold Serial Murder.

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