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Sunset Island

February, 1950. Lee County, Florida. In the freewheeling, celebratory aftermath of World War II, survivors and veterans are starting new lives, resuming old ones, or just picking up the pieces.

Former Navy officer Dan Ewing feels safer than any gay man might expect in a segregated, dry county where the Ku Klux Klan is still strong. Managing an ultra-private club-hotel in Ft. Myers with a mixed-race staff, untaxed alcohol, high-stakes card games and escorts of both sexes, he’s been acting like he has nothing to lose: business is good and his romantic life is better. Lee County Detective Bud Wright, a former Marine sergeant and Dan’s secret lover, is outwardly strong and brave, but uneasy with the knowledge that, every time he and Dan get naked together, they’re breaking laws he’s sworn to uphold. It’s nothing that a few drinks can’t get him past, especially when moonlighting as security for Dan’s hotel. Both men have their work cut out for them, however, once a hurricane evacuation brings to the hotel wealthy, well-connected non-members who happen to own Sunset Island, a secluded resort fronting the Gulf of Mexico. Their arrival sets in motion a turnover of hotel staff, sensual and sordid seductions, brutal assaults, the discovery of looted art from Holocaust victims, and, of course, murder. After drowned men start washing ashore on nearby beaches, Dan and Bud must set to work unraveling war-related mysteries and exploring the implications of a rapidly changing society in those postwar years.

Elliott Mackle—who has been called “the Tom Wolfe of gay fiction” and “the gay Pat Conroy”—is also the author of the multiple-award-winning Captain Harding trilogy. Sunset Island is third in a series that includes Lambda Award finalist It Takes Two and International Rainbow Award winner Only Make Believe.

Fiction
When drowned men's bodies begin turning up in Lee County, Florida, Detective Bud Wright and sidekick Dan Ewing must set to work solving the murders.
After eighteen terrifying monthis in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding returns to California.
A sequel to "It Takes Two," set in Fort Myers, Florida, about two years after the conclusion of the earlier tale.
Continuing the adventures and misadventures begun in Elliott Mackle's Gaybie Award-winning "Captain Harding's Six-Day War."
Voted Best Romance in TLA's Gaybies Awards competition. . . . "Speak Its Name’s Best Book of the Year ... Resoundingly goes to 'Captain Harding’s Six Day War' by Elliott Mackle. Atmospheric, real, with great characters, politic and complicated plot all of which is left closed enough for us to be satisfied but open enough to call for a sequel which I’ve been told is being written." --Erastes, Speak Its Name.
''This is the way gay novels used to be written: big, smart, sexy, funny–with important themes, great characters, and the tainted heart of a big city at its core.'' –Felice Picano.
New Lethe Press edition of a Speak Its Name Five Star Read

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