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"This true-crime gem - Green's first full-length work, sensitively and incisively narrated by Pittu - is an illuminating and deeply humanizing testament to victims overlooked by the media and forgotten in cultural memory.... An insightful and essential conversation among author, narrator, and producer concludes this highly recommended recording." (Booklist, starred review)

*This program includes a bonus conversation with the author*

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

"Green’s sensitive portraits of the victims, and his deeply researched re-creation of an epoch of gay history, provide its soul. Inherently shocking material needs no dramatization, and David Pittu’s understated narration highlights the tragedy and horror of these crimes. “Last Call” is the kind of book that keeps you wide awake all night turning the pages. As an audiobook, it will keep you wide awake all day as you drive, hoping you don’t get wherever you’re going before it ends." (New York Time)

"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, number one New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

©2021 Elon Green (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • 総合評価
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  • Bunny Cakes
  • 2021/05/14

Amazing read!

This was written and handled wonderfully. I love the focus on the victims and the way their treatment by the investigation colored the case.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
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  • Clive Hazell
  • 2021/04/26

An astonishing untold tale & top notch narration.

I really had no expectations of this story, but right from the beginning, my attention was captured. It was a tale where the crimes are touched on but Elon Green cared for the victims and the routines of the victims. There is a sensitivity and compassion about the lives of victims which is something that is almost never done in true crime. David Pittu is outstanding, and he knows how to make a story come alive. It is such an astonishing combination. Superb writing and peerless narration with social history and sociological insights into victims and criminal takes you there. I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Flynn Fedorczak
  • 2021/03/18

Thoughtful, aware and engaging

While the crimes are grisly, the author’s focus on the people involved, their lives and personal stories, was tender and intriguing. They’re not just victims in this story, but rather diverse individuals with distinct personalities, back stories and futures lost. His description of the dangers faced by queer people during the time these crimes occurred is important and, unfortunately, still resonant today. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Donnalee
  • 2021/05/13

very interesting

It brings you to a harsh time. but definitely a good listen. the detailing is gruesome in some cases.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • redwards921
  • 2021/04/28

Excellent listen

Green paints the background of the times and the victims in a way that is enlightening, surprising and at the same time quite vivid.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Paul P
  • 2021/04/18

Chilling

More than just it’s subject matter, this book instantly brought me back to the time the places the emotions the insecurity and the intensity of that slice of gay life. Add to that the deep understand of the victims and how patrolled our lives were Made the story ever more chilling.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Fubar814
  • 2021/04/01

great

Wonderfully done narrative about a era in time that has been long forgotten. The Author very clearly did his research.

  • 総合評価
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  • Steve
  • 2021/03/28

Can’t say enough good about how I enjoyed the story.

A true tale of the under life of the New York bar scene in the late 80s and early 90s. The story and narration are second to none. A very well presented and quite interesting, and rather understated commentary of the lack of police intervention involving gay crime. It gives one pause as to how easy a crime can be committed and the lack of investigation of same.

I would put this story in the top 10 of books I have listen to in the past five years.

  • 総合評価
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  • C. FREEMAN
  • 2021/03/16

Stunning historical recuperation

This book is riveting. Well researched, intimate, and enthralling. The performance is excellent too. If you sample it, you’ll want to finish it.