---- two selected pars from a substantial book review by Eric Newman at the Los Angeles Review Of Books (USA), 17 April 2017 :-
JOHN RECHY’S new novel, the slow-burning thriller After the Blue Hour, pulls the reader through a series of tense scenes reminiscent of the foreboding, early frames of Jordan Peele’s horror-as-social-commentary hit Get Out. A wealthy, white admirer invites John Rechy, a young, gay Mexican-American writer, to join him on a private island, where the man lives with his girlfriend, Sonya, and his teenaged son, Constantine.
Amid an atmosphere of imminent, violent erotic tension drenched in Cuba Libres and oppressive heat, the trio of islanders pepper their visitor with questions about his race, his sexual exploits, his philosophy, and his writing. ....
.... In returning to the moment before he wrote City of Night, Rechy gives us a fictional account of its composition at a time of crisis and confusion — one no less true for avoiding strictly factual autobiography, as his narrator tells us. The younger Rechy wants to write about the “clowning demonic angels” that constellated his life as a hustler across Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans.
The older Rechy, spirit and voice of After the Blue Hour, worries over how that writing will be understood, what it will inspire, and what worlds it will put forth. ....
---- see more of Eric Newman's extended critique of John Rechy's latest work at the LA Review of Books at :-