Book Reviews

Bindings by Lucius Parhelion at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 14-September-2012

Book Blurb

Jack returned from Korea as a young renegade who might love his cheap paperbacks but who also loves showing off his leather jacket in the lavender bars. He never would have predicted that dealing with the boys from Vice would depend more on Mr. Cooley the bookseller, and their unexpected binding, than playing the tough guy.



Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

“Bindings” is a delightful father-and-son short story. Not in the biological sense, I hasten to add, adopting the tone of the story. But you know what I mean.


Young, poor, but intellectually curious “egghead” Jack, wearing tight blue jeans and leather in 1954 in a gay bar owned by the mob, escapes a raid by the vice cops. I have no idea how old the author of this story is, but he appears to me to have the details of that time and that situation quite right. Even the name of the bar: Topper’s.


Jack only escapes the police because Mr. Cooley, the man who owns the antiquarian book store down the alley from the bar, takes him in his back door. Jack, who loves great literature in leather bindings, has frequented the place but only as a buyer of used paperbacks.


Mr. Cooley appears to be old enough to be Jack’s father, but he hasn’t lost his physical appeal to Jack. And he’s also serious about great writing.


I loved reading this story. The author dares to marry intellect and physical appeal in his characters, and he gets away with it. It’s also about the time in which it takes place. And how rotten and yet lovely—if you could get away with it—it was.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 15 pages/3500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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