The Heart in Exile
First edition of this important gay classic noir thriller
First edition, first impression. Hardback, bound in the original black cloth with title in gilt to the spine. 20 × 13cm, 296pp.
Julian Leclerc, a handsome and talented young barrister, has been found dead of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. The verdict is accidental death, but his fiancée, Ann Hewitt, suspects there’s something more to the story. As the grieving woman recounts the details of Julian’s tragic end to psychiatrist Dr. Tony Page, he listens with acute interest—but not for the reason she thinks. Years earlier, he and Julian had been lovers, and now, disturbed by the circumstances of his friend’s demise, Tony sets out to uncover the truth. His quest will take him from the parties and pubs of the gay underworld of 1950s London to Scotland Yard and the House of Commons as he uses his shrewd and penetrating insight to find who or what was responsible for Julian’s death. But he may discover more than he bargained for—about Julian, and himself... Rodney Garland’s noir thriller The Heart in Exile is both a groundbreaking classic of gay fiction and the first gay detective story.
A good reading copy, but with some wear. The black cloth is a little faded and bumped to the edges. The contents are in good order with some tanning to the page edges. The inner binding is secure but a little weakening to the rear hinge.