Soho Noir Series launches with Tainted Love

We are delighted to kick off the Blog Tour for Tainted Love by our very own author, T.S. Hunter. Tainted Love is the first in a series of six noir novellas, set in Soho in the 1980's with all the big hair, electro-pop, shoulder pads, killer diseases and police discrimination that the decade had to offer.

The miners were striking, royals were wedding, Live Aid was highlighting the plight of children in Africa, and everything in the UK was designer with a capital D—from stubble to, labels to jumbo political slogan T-Shirts. It was a bright, vibrant, excessive time. So why use this decade as the backdrop for a noir series?


Because while everyone else was enjoying their bright suits and big phones, Power jobs and Power Ballads, the gay community was facing a different reality, and one which has all of the hallmarks of a good noir setting:


HIV and AIDS stalked the streets, snatching lives like a serial killer specifically targeting the gay community. The police in Soho and King's Cross were actively targeting gay men coming out of nightclubs, using undercover officers as bait to entrap them so that they could be arrested under charges last used in the 1950s.


Back in the 1980s gay men were beaten—even killed—because of their sexuality, and more often than not, the police made little effort to solve those cases, instead dismissing them as a natural side-effect of being gay. This apathy is reflected wonderfully throughout the series, and leaves the perfect, natural opening for a pair of gay amateur sleuths to fill the gap.


Many of the freedoms that we now take for granted were being fought for during this time. It's one of the reasons we fell in love with this series in the first place—it reminds us that things were very different, not all that long ago. And while we've made some fantastic strides towards equality and fairness, we still have a very long way to go.


Hopefully, putting out a series of otherwise mainstream crime novellas, in which the majority of the characters are LGBTQ+ will go some way to normalising gay characters as leads, both romantic and otherwise.

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Anyway we're not going to give you our review of the book—WE LOVE IT—we will leave that to our lovely bloggers, all of whom are listed in the banner here. Do follow the tour, it's going to be great.


You can buy Tainted Love on Amazon. Or directly from our shop at Red Dog Press. Or you can even go old-school and request that your local bookshop orders it on your behalf, for you to collect and enjoy, like we did in the 80s.


The second book in the series, Who's That Girl? will be published on 5th June 2019, and is already available as a pre-order here.


Careless Whisper, Crazy For You, Killer Queen and Small Town Boy will all follow quickly across the rest of the year, leaving you with a fabulous, rainbow-spined box-set in time for Christmas.


About the Author:

Claiming to be half-Welsh, T.S. Hunter lived in South Wales for much of his latter teens, moving to London as soon as confidence and finances allowed. He never looked back.

He has variously been a teacher, a cocktail waiter, a podium dancer and a removal man, but his passion for writing has been the only constant.

He's a confident and engaging speaker and guest, who is as passionate about writing and storytelling as he is about promoting mainstream LGBT fiction.

He now lives with his husband in the country, and is becoming increasingly active on social media as @TSHunter5.


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