Does Seattle give a damn about his past reputation?
After being caught in a backseat tryst with the mayor’s son, twenty-one-year-old Shane Fontaine is exiled from his small hometown. Now, alone in the city, he seeks solace in punk show mosh pits and bathhouse saunas.
But the music scene and gay community in 1982 recession-era Seattle aren’t always safe. Rescued from a brutal beating, Shane forms a friendship with a Russian engineering student that launches a confounding set of traumatic and ecstatic encounters.
Shane’s quest for human connection sends him down dark, dangerous streets. To survive, he must become the man who chooses to persist, to do the right thing and stand up for others.
This close-up portrait of pre-AIDS Seattle illuminates dark corners, where homeless kids cluster for safety near the revitalized Pike Place Market. Bad Reputation contrasts the deeply personal need for friendship with the universal dilemma: people aren’t always what they seem.
Bad Reputation is a standalone book in the interrelated Queen City Boys series. This book contains depictions of violence, racism, drug use, and sexual exploitation.
What people are saying about Bad Reputation:
“Heartfelt, honest and hopeful.” – Gillian on Just Love: Queer Book Reviews
“Ajax completely nailed the angst of the west coast queer scene in the early 80’s…” – Alex de Morra on Goodreads
ISBN and other facts
ISBN ebook: 978-1939423320
ISBN print: 978-1939423290
Genre: Gay fiction, romance
Length: 86k words, 292 pages
Published: July 1, 2016
Contains explicit sexual content, short scene of brutal violence, prostitution, drug use, questionable consent (drug impaired judgment)
Book store orders: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and CreateSpace Direct (for certified retailers)
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