Recipient of the 2014 Stonewall publication Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
"Utilizing an empathetic narrative nonfiction procedure, novelist McConnell, co-chair of the Lambda Literary origin, casts a humanizing eye upon immense deeds...a journalistic travel de strength made the entire extra striking by way of jailhouse interviews...McConnell's unquestionable ability as a author provides either literary helot and immediacy to the narratives."
"McConnell convincingly exhibits how fluid phrases like 'gay' and 'straight' can truly be...The author's case stories mirror a radical research into the industrial and cultural backgrounds of a wide selection of extremist cultures, study that concerned interviews with police officers, households of sufferers and the convicted criminals themselves. a stunning examine the tradition of violent crime, no longer for the fainthearted."
"A masterpiece of reportage...Homophobia isn't really accredited as a mitigating situation in homicide, yet there isn't any doubt that males are nonetheless murdered for being homosexual. From Jon Schmitz ('The Jenny Jones Killer') to John Katehis (the teenage hustler who murdered radio character George Weber), novelist McConnell...has compiled a couple of those instances and appears into the tradition of masculinity for clues to the dynamics at the back of those killings...with no transparent solutions, yet a few very fascinating questions, those vignettes of masculine satisfaction and rage will entice these drawn to gender politics and homosexual reviews in addition to real crime fans."
"A darkish and hectic portrait of the dislike crime murderers of homosexual males as males who're additionally gay....The glimpse into small city the USA that American Honor Killings offers is a sturdy motive for homosexual confident position versions, together with best friend teams and vanity actions within the academic system--and the earlier the better."
"American Honor Killings is a robust addition to any criminology or actual crime assortment with an aspect concentrate on homosexual concerns, greatly recommended."
--Midwest e-book Review
"A fantastically written and interesting entrée right into a cultish world."
--Gay & Lesbian Review
In American Honor Killings, directly and homosexual men move paths, and the result's homicide. yet what rather occurred? What position did hatred play? What approximately bullying and abuse? What have been the boys concerned particularly like, and what was once happening among them whilst the homicide happened? American Honor Killings explores the reality in the back of squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the a long way correct or fringe left. David McConnell, a brand new York-based novelist, researched instances from small-town Alabama to San Quentin's loss of life row. The publication recounts probably the most infamous crimes of our period. starting in 1999 and lasting until eventually final year's conviction of a early life in Queens, manhattan, the e-book exhibits how a few murderers imagine they are cleansing up society. unusually, different killings suppose virtually preordained, now not a question of the victim's character or activities quite a bit as a twisted show of a tender man's will to compete or dominate. we wish to imagine those tales contain basic sexual clash, both the killer's inner fight over his personal identification or a fatally miscalculated proposition. they're nearly by no means that simple.
Together, the instances shape a mystery American heritage of rage and hope. McConnell cuts via cant and political unique pleading to show those situations into enduring literature. In every one tale, sufferers, murderers, associates, and kinfolk come breathtakingly alive. the result's extra soulful, extra delicate, extra crafty than one of these "true crime" writing the booklet used to be modeled on. A wealth of recent element has been woven into outdated instances, whereas new instances are plumbed for the 1st time. The ensuing tales play out precisely as they occurred, an inexorable series of events--grisly, touching, demanding, occasionally regardless of moments of levity.