The Book of Lies

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Alyson Books, Sep 1, 2000 - Fiction - 423 pages
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Bright, ambitious, and handsome, Ross Ohrenstedt is a high flier in the fashionable field of queer studies. He has just taken a prestigious university position in Los Angeles and has been appointed to oversee the collection of papers and works of a leading light of the gay literary salon known as the Purple Circle. Ross stumbles across a "lost" work by an unknown author and his quest to identify the mystery writer and achieve the glory of scholastic tenure unveils increasingly bizarre and unbalanced facts about a group of writers who in the 1970s and 1980s broke new ground in the creation of a gay literary sensibility. But the dark truth contained within The Book of Lies is even more startling. With biting wit and a lush sense of place and character, Felice Picano's daring novel is at once a stylish mystery, a comical roman a clef, and a wicked send-up of the new Ivory Tower. "Leave it to Felice Picano to add a walloping dose of melodrama and intrigue to a tale already redrawing genre boundaries...What Picano does is take an academic mystery (subject matter that might have proved tedious or solipsistic in lesser hands) and morphs it into something new--a page-turning, often campy, occasionally serious critique of academia and historical truth, literary celebrity, and the imminent future of America."-Philadelphia Tribune Felice Picano is the author of 19 books including the best-selling novels Like People In History, Looking Glass Lives, The Lure and Eyes as well as the literary memoirs Ambidextrous, Men Who Loved Me, and A House On the Ocean, A House On the Bay. He is also the author with Dr. Charles Silverstein of The New Joy of Gay Sex. A native of New York, Felice Picano now lives in Los Angeles.

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Review: The Book of Lies

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Tedious and rather pointless, literary masturbation. Interesting only as an 'inside baseball' glimpse of the Violet Quill era, but even then so obtuse as to be largely useless in offering any new insight. Proceed at your own risk. Read full review

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User Review  - Dominic - Goodreads

Intricate, revealing, meandering, incisive. A wonderful story. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
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Book Two The Widow Weber
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Book Three The Dodge Brothers Inc
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