Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Audiobook, by Elon Green Play Audiobook Sample

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Audiobook

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Audiobook, by Elon Green Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: David Pittu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250792112

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Longest Chapter Length:

59:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

27:17 minutes

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"This true-crime gem—Green's first full-length work, sensitively and incisively narrated by Pittu—is an illuminating and deeply humanizing testament to victims overlooked by the media and forgotten in cultural memory...An insightful and essential conversation among author, narrator, and producer concludes this highly recommended recording." -- Booklist, starred review *This program includes a bonus conversation with the author* The gripping true story, told here for the first time, of the Last Call Killer and the gay community of New York City that he preyed upon. The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable. He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim. Nor will he be his last. The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten. This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience. A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books "Green’s sensitive portraits of the victims, and his deeply researched re-creation of an epoch of gay history, provide its soul. Inherently shocking material needs no dramatization, and David Pittu’s understated narration highlights the tragedy and horror of these crimes. “Last Call” is the kind of book that keeps you wide awake all night turning the pages. As an audiobook, it will keep you wide awake all day as you drive, hoping you don’t get wherever you’re going before it ends." -- New York Times "In this astonishing and powerful work of nonfiction, Green meticulously reports on a series of baffling and brutal crimes targeting gay men. It is an investigation filled with twists and turns, but this is much more than a compelling true crime story. Green has shed light on those whose lives for too long have been forgotten, and rescued an important part of American history." -- David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

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“In these riveting pages, Green reclaims a time, a place, and a community, weaving together a decades-long forensic investigation with a poignant elegy to murdered men.”

— Esquire 


  • “Both a riveting whodunnit and a broad cultural history of the times."

    — People
  • “Far more than just a catch-a-killer tale, this book is a monument to the glittering, vibrant world created by a community well acquainted with mortality.”

    — Harper’s Bazaar
  • “[A] true-crime stunner…Green’s sensitive portraits of the victims, and his deeply researched re-creation of an epoch of gay history, provide its soul.”

    — New York Times
  • “Green’s immersive account unfolds against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis and widespread homophobia.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A stunning addition to the gay corner of the true-crime genre… As an investigative crime writer Elon puts in the work, with a sense of sensitivity and compassion.”

    — Lambda Literary


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick of Best True Crime Books of 2021
  • An O Magazine Pick of LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape
  • A Cosmopolitan Pick of LGBTQ+ Books for 2021
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2021
  • An Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Nonfiction
  • An NPR Best Book of 2021
  • A Suspense Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • Winner of the Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2021
  • Nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2022
  • Among longlisted titles for Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year, 2021

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About Elon Green

Elon Green has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, New Yorker, and Columbia Journalism Review. He has been an editor at Longform for nearly a decade.

About David Pittu

David Pittu, a two-time Tony Award nominee, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which earned two prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. He has also won three Earphones Awards. Well-known for his work in theater, he has appeared off-Broadway in LoveMusik and Is He Dead, for which he received his Tony nominations, as well as Parade, for which he earned a National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is also a writer, member, and director of the Atlantic Theater company.