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Last Call

By Elon Green
Last Call
Author: Elon Green
ISBN: 9781250224354
ON SALE: 03/09/2021

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The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon.

The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.

He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim.

Nor will he be his last.

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten.

This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.

Elon Green
ELON GREEN has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Columbia Journalism Review, and appears in Sarah Weinman's forthcoming anthology of true crime. He has been an editor at Longform for nearly a decade.

Praise for Elon Green

“These crimes have been covered before, but Green sets his work apart by offering nuanced portraits of the victims and exploring how they navigated lives that led them to the bars that might have seemed like safe spaces but turned out to be anything but. … Reflecting both its author’s compassion and journalistic chops, this gripping narrative also focuses on forensic innovation and jurisdictional intrigue. A stellar tale of justice eluded, to add to the growing queer true crime genre justice”

Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Last Call, Elon Green’s riveting true-crime account of a serial killer preying on gay men in the final decades of the twentieth century, takes in the oppression of the closet, the perils of the age of AIDS, and the maddeningly meandering course of police investigation and criminal justice, and it does its work so vividly, so persuasively, that you feel as if Green was there through it all. He wasn’t, to be sure, but his incisively detailed reportage will have you feeling that you are there too, to witness, with unnerving intimacy, a story as heartbreaking as it is harrowing.”

Benjamin Dreyer
New York Times bestselling author of DREYER'S ENGLISH

Last Call, Elon Green’s stunner of a debut, scaffolds the gripping account of a serial killer stalking the bars and hangouts of early 1990s queer New York over a heartfelt elegy to the lost lives of the murdered men, of a community ravaged by AIDS, and of a city in perpetual ruin and revival. This is a book I will reread again and again and find new and astonishing insights every time.”

Sarah Weinman
Award-winning author of THE REAL LOLITA and editor of UNSPEAKABLE ACTS: TRUE TALES OF CRIME, MURDER, DECEIT & OBSESSION

Last Call is a great read, a beautifully written account of a serial killer preying on gay men in New York City in the 80s and 90s. It is rich in history, humanity, and suspense. I couldn’t put it down.”

Anne Lamott
New York Times bestselling author

Last Call feels like the most timeless literary true-crime classics, even as it forges a path through uncharted territory in the genre. Elon Green tenaciously yet gracefully investigates a time when so many lived in secret, and those secrets made them vulnerable to predation. A resonant, powerful book.”

Robert Kolker
#1 New York Times bestselling author of LOST GIRLS and HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD

“In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story. Green has shed light on those whose lives for too long have been forgotten, and rescued an important part of American history.”

David Grann
#1 New York Times bestselling author of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

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