- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 597 KB
- Print Length: 203 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (17 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009SM4N5Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Endeavour Press are to be congratulated for enabling this novel to see the light of day. It has the flavour of classic Hitchcock or Highsmith. Readers shouldn't be put off by the fact that it deals with an unsavoury segment of society -- which is to say, ardent supporters of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1990s.
Big Dipper is a murder mystery. But it's much more than that. It's an exploration of the unconscious meanings of homo-erotic fantasy, set in the context of the arrival of AIDS and the end of Maggie Thatcher's leadership. It raises important questions about the nature and power of sexual fantasy for all of us - gay or straight - and how it permeates our lives, whether we admit to it or not.
Like the fairground ride of the title, this book may seem a fun and easy trip to embark on, and it certainly is a fun and easy read. But for readers who want to stop to think about it more deeply, it is also a courageous guided tour of the secret fears and desires that are aroused in us all in our pursuit of sexual intimacy.
Then other characters enter the story, each with their own particular foibles and links to Julian and all drawn with equal skill. I found the story addictive and thought the way the reader is led to believe one perfectly feasible reason for the murder of Kim only to read on and discover there is another reason, is plotted with superb expertise. The truth behind Kim's murder is cleverly interwoven, making sense of party scenes, references to the political landscape and seemingly passing characters that the reader comes across throughout the narrative.
Big Dipper is a superb title and not only reflects Julian's emotions as he finds himself in dangerous situations but also reflects the way the plot twists and turns taking you on a roller coaster of a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This well crafted thriller with an exciting gay slant manages to keep the reader in suspense right up until the final chapter. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by Robert Shrubsall
Readable but obvious title signposting and poor character development make it a little predictable. Not very believable but an untaxing read.Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Taking place in 1990, this book feels like it was written in 1990. It's full of stereotyped, self-loathing queers reminiscent of what you get in a book by Edmund White. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by M. Foster
very good book. A lot of the gay publications are all sex and not much else but this is something very differentPublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by ian
I really enjoyed this book; the plot was different and interesting and the characters believable. I was left guessing to the very end. Recommended.Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Cas
Julian Bryant meets Kim, who seems to be the man of his dreams. But very soon his dream turns into a terrifying ordeal, and Julian sets out to discover the truth about the murder... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by elizaD