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Do Not Miss This Gem,
This review is from: The Back Passage (Paperback)
At last, a new novel by one of my favourite authors. I've read several of Lear's "so-called" porn books. I say "so-called" because I'm of the opinion that writing this good, despite how much yummy sex the book contains, shouldn't really be called porn. And he does it again in this one - I wish I knew his secret! This book stands alone as a good country house thriller - you know the sort of thing: house guest discovers a body; everyone in the house is a suspect.... It's a great read, written with tongue-in-cheek humour all the way through. And, added to a great mystery, you have the sex.... Phew, Lear can write humour and plot, but when he writes sex he shifts into another gear. You get every quirk and position and all written with sheer fun and delight. He describes sex scenes like you choreograph them in your head sometimes. They're never up and in and out; you have deliciously sexy foreplay and genuine titillation that lifts each scene way above the often mechanistic level of porn.
The hero of the book, Mitch, is an American in England at a country house weekend because he's desperately trying to seduce his college chum Boy Morgan. The novel is packed with really amusing American views on the English and delightfully non-PC class distinctions. Mitch has a fondness for the "lower orders" and scenes with the local bobby (policeman) and chauffeur really hit the spot if you harbour latent servant/master fantasies. The mystery deepens around him until Mitch's life is in serious jeopardy. Can he win Boy from his fiancée and save him from a life of heterosexual gloom? Can he solve the mystery and free the innocent butler?
Buy this and then go off and order Lear's two other works of art: The Palace of Varieties (my favourite - a totally absorbing novel) and The Low Road. Writing this good should be supported.