The GLBTRT has been reviewing books and movies in its newsletter since the early 1990s. Trace the evolution of queer publishing through these historic reviews. This review was originallyÂ published inÂ Vol. 3, No 3, Fall 1991.Â
In the small east Florida town of Rivera Beach, a chapter of Dignity, a gay Catholic organization, isÂ struggling for existence. Deacon Pete Jenco joins and theÂ chapter begins to grow. Deacon Pete is a rebel. He isÂ recently estranged from his wife; taken up with hustlerÂ Scott; is actively supporting a group against the directionÂ of the church; and performed a para-liturgy usingÂ consecrated wafers.
Private investigator Jim Halden, after two years ofÂ celibacy, attends his second meeting of Dignity andÂ discovers Deacon Pete’s body. Who did it? Deacon Pete’sÂ estranged wife? Sam, an organizer of Dignity? Bobby,Â Sam’s partner? Schizophrenic Grant? Johnny? SisterÂ Sandra? Hustler Scott? Halden joins investigative forcesÂ with police officer Hap Gannet. Gannet, unsatisfactorilyÂ married, earlier had a three-month relationship withÂ Halden, which resumes in the end. The force of this book is not one of murder and detection. The strength of this book is its detailing of the relationships of the characters and their struggle to exist with Dignity. Recommended for comprehensive collections.
Reviewed by David Streeter
Pomona Public library