True Crime and History

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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York is about a series of murder of gay men that occurred at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the nineties in New York and the surrounding states. Though four victims have been formally attributed to the serial killer his true body count is unknown. It took more than a decade for the killer to be convicted, and his crimes have mostly been forgotten today.

I found this a streamlined read, as much about the killings as queer culture, with the former set painstakingly in the context of the evocatively described latter. I very much appreciated the focus on the lives of the victims and the society they inhabited, especially as this played a large part in how the murders became swept under the rug and forgotten for so long. Very readable, though true crime fans who enjoy sensationalism may come away disappointed.