THE FISHER BOY by Stephen Anable

THE FISHER BOY

KIRKUS REVIEW

Disruptions among the Provincetown gay crowd.

Wealthy, philanthropic Arthur's beautiful “treasure,” the mysterious Edward, scampers away the morning the slashed body of Ian Drummond is found on a remote breakwater. He reappears helping out the Christian Soldiers, a homophobic cadre bent on cleansing Provincetown. The mercurial Edward then takes off to join a cult that follows the dictates of “the Golden One.” While tracking down Edward might better be left to the police, aspiring stand-up comic Mark, like Arthur and Ian an alumnus of the now defunct St. Harold's, tackles the case, mainly because he had a rowdy brawl with Ian recently and their reconciliation involved a sexual quickie just before he died. Then begins a rash of violent adventures, including a run-in with castrati, an attempted murder by steam bath, the kidnapping of young Chloe, the daughter of a local trinket merchant, a bleary confession of his parentage from Mark's mother, and much, much more.

A first-rate insider's tour of Provincetown with tender gay love scenes and B&B vignettes. But the overstuffed plot could have used major paring, and the first-time novelist needs to learn to ration his similes.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59058-480-4
Page count: 348pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pen
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2008




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