About the book
In 1886 an architect called Richardson built a house on the South side of Chicago. In 1985 the Daily Mirror reported the death of Rock Hudson. Halfway through the century that falls between these dates a man who claims his name is Mr Page sits down by his gas-fire on a snowbound Christmas Eve and sets himself the task of explaining a story that connects these apparently unconnected events. Neil Bartlett's new novel spins a dark and erotic web of conjecture in the gaps of history. It takes its reader from the brittle glamour of the twenties into the violent repression of the fifties; from Mayfair dining rooms to the steam room of a gentlemen's Turkish Bath; from the ordinary world of Mr Page into the strange and unsettling world of the black-haired, well-dressed and immensely wealthy Mr Clive.
A strange, yet perfectly poised tale of male sexual longing and violent fantasy, with a chilling whodunnit at its core
Neil Bartlett's second novel establishes him among English fiction's fiercest historians of gay male suffering
A curious and original novel that is compulsively readable