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."


Review:

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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