Peter Sargeant

Created by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal)

In the wake of the homophobic furor unleashed by the publication of The City and the Pillar in 1948, Gore Vidal retreated for a while into the world of crime fiction, secretly releasing fout crime novels under pseudonyms.

One was a standalone, Thieves Fall Out (1953) written by Cameron Kay, and the other three featured hot shot New York City PR flack turned pseudo P.I. PETER SARGEANT, although the influence here is far more Christie than Chandler. Assuming, of course, that Dame Agatha would ever write about New York showbiz in the fifties, McCarthyism, the gay bars in Harlem and late-night bathhouses.

By all accounts, the novels, liberally laced with satire, sold relatively well, and Vidal was inspired to try writing in other genres and media.




A brief intervew with the author, about the time that Black Lizard reprinted the Edgar Box novels, from the March 10, 2011 New York Times Style Magazine.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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