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Hold Tight by Christopher Bram

Hold Tight (1988)

by Christopher Bram

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"Nazi intrigue in a homosexual brothel . . . a spy thriller that breaks new ground."--Kirkus Reviews   Hank Fayette, Seaman Second Class, had enlisted in his Texas hometown, used his shore leave to visit a movie house on 42nd Street, and ended up in a gay brothel near Manhattan's West piers. It was the wrong place to be at the wrong time. When this big, lanky blond with a country boy's drawl--and a country boy's hard muscular body--couldn't fight his way clear of the Shore Patrol who raided the place, he figured he was on his way to the brig or a dishonorable discharge. But in 1942, a few months after Pearl Harbor, the Navy was more interested in capturing spies than in punishing "sex offenders," and Hank was just the kind of sailor they had in mind. Their offer to Hank was simple: go back to the brothel, work undercover as a prostitute, and risk your life to entrap Nazi spies. This erotic, suspenseful novel captures the big-band feel of New York City in the forties, the intensity of a nation at war, and the passion of men for their country--and for each other.   "Entertaining, sexy, and touching . . ."--Stephen McCauley   "Strong, action-filled . . . a tightly knit plot . . . a very engaging story about murder and intrigue that is hard to put down."--Lambda Rising Book Report… (more)



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While on his first shore leave in New York City during WWII, Hank Fayette is arrested at a male whore house. The U.S Navy, instead of sending Hank to prison for being homosexual, they recruit him to pose as a gay male prostitute in order to crack a Nazi spy ring.

I wanted to like this novel, but for most of its 250+ pages, the story was bogged down by the constant negativity toward homosexuality, Jews, and blacks. I understand that this was the mindset at the time, but rather than using it briefly to give motive to some of the main characters' actionst. Homosexuality wasn't tolerated in the military during WWII. Homosexuals were deviants, dumb, hicks, perverted, etc., etc. I hoped the story would move on from that, but it felt as though that was the main focus of the story and the tail of espionage took a back seat.

The only part of the story I did enjoy was the chase between Hank and a potential spy during July 4th festivities at Time Square. That one chapter was filled with the right amount of tension and action. Yet, it couldn't make up for the rest of the book. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Dec 30, 2019 |
No classic, but an interesting exploration of what things were like in NYC during WW2 for gay folk. Some of the characterizations are rather wooden or sterotyped. Steamy sex saves the day. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
From Publishers Weekly
The clever premise of this frothy espionage novel by the author of Surprising Myself is that during World War II there was a gay brothel in lower Manhattan that may have been a hangout for Nazi agents (a rumor of its existence sparked the story, Bram notes in his acknowledgements). When he is discovered to be homosexual, seaman second class Hank Fayette faces a dishonorable discharge unless he agrees to go undercover as a prostitute. The ensuing events are very funny, fast-movingBram is able to juggle characters and plot lines without slackening the paceand, ultimately, emotionally stirring. Hank falls for Juke, the black drag queen who is an attendant at the brothel, and later he develops a crush on a straight man. Bram makes the characters believable, and he takes care not to be anachronistic: by keeping the awkward relationships in their pre-gay-liberation context, he captures the tensions between blacks and whites and gays and non-gays in the New York of the period. There is graphic sex here, but Bram uses it adroitly either to further the spy story, or to explain the undercurrents of real feeling he poignantly conveys. 30,000 first printing; first serial to Christopher Street.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  AveCommCentreLibrary | Aug 19, 2007 |
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