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The Lure

The Lure [Kindle Edition]

Felice Picano
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Noel Cummings’s life is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal murder, Noel is recruited to assist the police by acting as the lure for a killer who has been targeting gay men. Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the dark side of Manhattan's gay life that stirs his own secret desires—until he forgets he is only playing a role.


In 1979, Felice Picano rocketed to fame with the publication of this shocking, controversial thriller. Riveting and candid in its depiction of the gay sexual subculture of the era, The Lure thrusts young widower Noel Hathaway into a dark universe of physical and psychological violence; an unwilling lure used by the police to unmask an elusive killer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (20 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEPMP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Noel Cummings, university professor, young and more handsome than perhaps he realises, and physically fit, has recently lost his wife Monica, but is now doing well in his new lecturing post in New York. Then while cycle on an elevated highway he witnesses an horrific murder. When he tries to report it he is first accused of the crime himself; but then later finds himself enlisted by the police in helping track down the real culprit, the mysterious Mr X. This involves going undercover in the gay community under the code name The Lure.
Noel is soon totally immersed in his assignment and gay life; but in order not to blow his cover how far will he need to go prove that he is gay? How far can he trust his police boss? How will he cope when he finds himself strangely attracted to his supposed target Mr X with his reputation for sadistic M/M preferences, and equally attracted to Mr X's beautiful and aloof female lover and model?
Noel's world is turned upside down as he is drawn deeper and deeper into a word of gay sex and drugs, as he comes to learn things about himself he never knew. The deeper he gets the less sure he is of who he can trust, and the less sure he is of who is in control.
This all makes for a thrilling suspenseful adventure, fast paced and so well written. A fascinating mystery and game of psychology that grips the reader throughout, and which is made all the more compelling with its cast of appealing characters and ruthless villains. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lure 15 April 2011
By Chris
Format:Kindle Edition
The lure is one of the best gay crime books I have read. From start to finish you will not put it down. One of Picano's best works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an alien world 28 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is the sort of book some of us don't normally read: a crime/detective novel. It's not a world many of us know much about: rich crooks, violence, drugs, bent policemen, where you cannot trust anybody because nobody is what they seem to be.
One of our members thought that it was a typical detective story in that nothing important happens between the finding of a corpse and the dénouement, the discovery of `whodunit' at the end. Everything in between is `a plot disaster'. Another, however, thought it was a clever use of the detective genre to introduce the gay underworld at a time when most people hardly knew that it existed and to chart a voyage of self-knowledge which passes through choppy waters. (Though that would have been better portrayed had the book been written in the first person) It doesn't seem to take itself too seriously but then, suddenly, it does. Is the cook who is into martial arts meant to reflect the author's sense of humour?
`A touching period piece,' said one member of our group, `A lot better than some of the junk/trash we sometimes read.'
`Not hard work,' said another, `a ripping read. Lots of tension'
As one of our members said, "Despite being put off by the personality of the author as revealed in the Preface, I was surprised that I loved the book and perhaps for the following reasons:

1. Its pace seemed to match that of the time...i.e. speed and cocaine fuelled

2. The posh sluttiness of it all and how superficial it was (J G Ballard would have liked the empty decadence)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 20 Jan 2013
By jose
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Great thriller with a gay twist. Got me on edge from beginning to end. It is no Dostoievsky but it is well written and great entertainment. Ideal to take on holidays
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective 25 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I read this book in 1980 when it was featured as the Monthly Selection of the Literary Guild book club. I have since re-read the book 2 times. The setting is definitely dated. However, I believe it is a very important work because of the fact that two different book clubs featured the novel as "Selection of the Month". In 1979-1980 a book that featured the gay community, no matter what point-of-reference was unheard of. For readers that never experienced that era, the subject may seem ridiculous. However, this novel did much for the isolated in rural areas of the country that read a "mainstream" novel on a subject such as The Lure's. This novel's importance goes far beyond the subject, setting and characters included in its pages.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picano's best book 15 Jan 2002
By DonMac - Published on
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Thrilling, funny, sexy and imaginative. I've re-read this one numerous times; it holds a permanent place in my library. A great story representative of its era. Sadly so much of Picano's other work is full of pretense. This is, I think, his only book where all of his characters are just that - and likable as well. A fun ride!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a suspense ride through gay New York!! 10 Feb 1997
By A Customer - Published on
The Lure stands up as one of the best "page-turners" I've ever read. It is set at a time in New York that was loved, feared, and now, perhaps missed. You won't soon forget Noel or the most interesting cast of originals he meets and loves. Believe me, you'll be reading it under your desk at work, like I was, because you'll be compelled to read on to the end once you start. Felice Picano continues his masterful fiction in more recent works: including Like People in History -- also a wonderful book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read! 7 Feb 2007
By avid amazon customer - Published on
I gotta say, I loved that book. It didn't take me much time to finish it as it's usually the case. This book is still good after all those years.

Noel Cummings finds himself helplessly sucked into a very different life. Through it all, the reader can't help but to feel with Noel, forced by the police to be tbe bait -Lure- to capture Mr. X, the killer. To do so, he tries to find his way in New York's gay life, all along, trying to fit in.

Fascinating to the last page.

I remember that I liked "Like People in History" by Felice Picano before, and I didn't imagine that I'd read or like any other book by Mr. Picano. Guess what? I think this one is even better.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller for the Ages 8 April 2002
By Get What We Give - Published on
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There's nothing wrong with this book. Nothing at all. Everything Picano put into print in this fine piece of fiction is absolutely mesmerizing. It is impossible to stop reading it. It will grip you tightly and take you away to the fantastic world where Picano weaves a web of crime, corruption, love, sex, hatred, and kink.
If you read this book, you will never forget it. I think it is the finest example of mystery fiction in the last half of the twentieth century.
Heterosexual Noel Cummings stumbles across a murder in action. He tries to prevent it, but fails. Subsequently, he is drafted into service as an undercover operative searching for the killer in gay New York. When he enters the world, he can see right and wrong as plainly as black and white, but over time, he begins to question reality as he knows it. The murderer keeps on killing and Noel is always just one step away from him.
Picano is one of the best writers of this or any generation and The Lure is quite possibly the finest book he's ever written. When originally published, The Lure was on the Book of the Month club list and was an instant best seller. Time has not taken its toll on this book even though the action takes place some twenty years ago.
Set aside a few hours to be swept away to a dark and scary world where you don't know who your real friends are. You'll not regret it.
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