Archie Cain
Created by Jack Ricardo

Out of the closet and out of a job, what's a poor ex-cop to do?

New York City police officer ARCHIE CAIN finds himself in just that predicament in The Night G.A.A. Died, a 1992 novel that takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the beginning of the gay lib movement of the early seventies. It seems that the NYPD isn't quite as liberated as Archie had hoped, and when he's driven off the force, he starts over, this time as a Greenwich Village private eye.

Newly politicized and defiantly out, he meets Max, the personable vice-president of the Gay Activists Alliance while cruising down at the waterfront one night, but before they can get to know each other better, Max is murdered. It's all here: suicide, murder, drugs, gay-bashing, arson... even the KGB, the FBI and the CIA all make guest appearances.

This looked like that start of a great series, but Ricardo, who has written on the Leather movement and other gay issues, seems to have never followed through, although he did write another mystery, Death with Dignity. Interestingly enough, given the subject of The Night G.A.A. Died, is the fact that it was printed under St. Martin Press' Stonewall Inn imprint, named after the site of the notorious 1969 riots that sparked the gay lib movement.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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