Year 16, Book 73

73. Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green

I really wanted this book to be better than it was because the topic sounded very interesting. It’s about a serial killer who was killing gay men after picking them up in gay bars in the 90s. Unfortunately this is an instance where the topic would have better lent itself to a long form article than it did a book based on the amount of information the author had to go on. There was a lot of filler content that was really unrelated to the story at large and while some of it was interesting it didn’t necessarily feel like it belonged in this book. I also didn’t care for the way the author told the story. He didn’t weave anything together very well. He spent the first half talking about the men whose bodies were found and the connected police cases across various jurisdictions and then sort of out of nowhere with no lead up to how he was found or anything it was like and here’s the murderer and then you follow his life for awhile without ever really getting any details about how he committed the actual murders. Obviously the author was limited by the information available to him about that, but I do feel like the two narratives could have been woven together much better. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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