Recipient of the 2014 Stonewall booklet Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
"Utilizing an empathetic narrative nonfiction method, novelist McConnell, co-chair of the Lambda Literary origin, casts a humanizing eye upon giant deeds...a journalistic journey de strength made all of the extra awesome through 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 really be...The author's case stories replicate a radical research into the commercial and cultural backgrounds of a large choice of extremist cultures, examine that concerned interviews with police officers, households of sufferers and the convicted criminals themselves. a surprising examine the way of life of violent crime, no longer for the fainthearted."
"A masterpiece of reportage...Homophobia isn't approved as a mitigating condition in homicide, yet there's no 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 interesting questions, those vignettes of masculine satisfaction and rage will entice these drawn to gender politics and homosexual experiences in addition to precise crime fans."
"A darkish and anxious portrait of the dislike crime murderers of homosexual males as males who're additionally gay....The glimpse into small city the US that American Honor Killings offers is a sturdy motive for homosexual confident position types, together with best friend teams and conceit actions within the academic system--and the earlier the better."
"American Honor Killings is a robust addition to any criminology or precise crime assortment with a facet specialise in homosexual concerns, a great deal recommended."
--Midwest publication 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 quite occurred? What position did hatred play? What approximately bullying and abuse? What have been the lads concerned rather like, and what was once occurring among them while the homicide happened? American Honor Killings explores the reality in the back of squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the some distance 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 e-book recounts probably the most infamous crimes of our period. starting in 1999 and lasting until eventually final year's conviction of a adolescence in Queens, manhattan, the booklet exhibits how a few murderers imagine they're cleansing up society. strangely, different killings think nearly preordained, no longer an issue of the victim's character or activities rather a lot as a twisted exhibit of a tender man's will to compete or dominate. we wish to imagine those tales contain easy sexual clash, both the killer's inner fight over his personal id or a fatally miscalculated proposition. they're nearly by no means that simple.
Together, the circumstances shape a mystery American historical past of rage and hope. McConnell cuts via cant and political designated pleading to show those situations into enduring literature. In every one tale, sufferers, murderers, associates, and kin 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 latest element has been woven into outdated situations, whereas new circumstances are plumbed for the 1st time. The ensuing tales play out precisely as they occurred, an inexorable series of events--grisly, touching, anxious, occasionally inspite of moments of levity.