Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.

The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.

He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim.

Nor will he be his last.

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten.

This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.

Title:Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250224354
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    Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Reviews

  • jv poore

    The world was not warm or welcoming for gay men in the 1980s. Discrimination, bias and inexplicable hate made for an uncomfortable existence, at best. Not only was homosexuality grossly misunderstood;...

  • Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Elon Green , and Celadon Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.There’s no...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    This book deserves all the stars, and it completely broke my heart because it really happened. For true crime readers, this is a must for your lists.The Last Call Killer went on a killing spree in the...

  • Katie B

    3.5 starsIn the 1980s and 1990s, the Last Call killer targeted gay men in New York. I've read quite a few true crime books over the years, and it's not hard to feel sorry for the victims and the loved...

  • Barbara

    Author Elon GreenIn the early 1990s a serial killer was murdering gay men who frequented New York City bars and pick-up spots, but the crimes got little press coverage and passed below most people's r...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Ten minutes short of three o’clock on a moderately warm Sunday afternoon, a turnpike maintenance worker was emptying the green barrels at a rest area in Lancaster County on the westbound side of ...

  • Michelle

    I haven't read a True Crime book in a while and this reminded me that I need to try and read more. Elon Green is the perfect author for this book. He meticulously researched the many cases involved an...

  • CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Last Call is a true crime novel of a notorious serial killer that stalked the gay bars of New York and how he lured men with his charms into a deadly end. The story occurs during the '90s, at a time w...

  • Nursebookie

    I love reading thrillers and murder mysteries, but reading a true crime novel, especially this one written by Elon Green, “Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” blew...

  • Morgan Jerkins

    In LAST CALL, Elon Green traces the 90s-era police investigations of interrelated murders of gay men who were picked up in Manhattan bars. Not only is this book intensely researched with insight into ...