The Lure Author:Felice Picano A surprise international best-seller, Felice Picano's 1979 novel The Lure was one of the first books to explore the subterranean universe of gay nightlife. Deftly plotted, the story fuses a suspensful psychological thriller with a poignant coming-out tale. — Central is the character of Noel Cummings, a handsome young graduate student who witn... more »esses a brutal murder while riding his bike in Manhattan one early winter morning. He learns that the killer has been terrorizing the gay community and, although he has always considered himself "straight," he agrees to act as the bait to lure the elusive killer out of hiding. As Cummings finds himself becoming more and more immersed in the games of love and loyalty that play out each night among denizens of shadowy backroom bars and other torrid haunts along the party circuit, he is drawn to confront his own awakening sexual attractions as well.
As Stephen King has noted, Picano "does for New York gay life what Arthur Hailey did for airports and hotels. He plays out the novel's secrets brilliantly, one deliberate card at a time."« less