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Knock Off the Hat

(2022)
(The first book in the Clifford Waterman Gay Philly Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
Lambda Literary Award-winning author delves into the sudden and extraordinary wave of gay-bashing in 1940s Philadelphia.



It's steaming August in post-war Philadelphia. Clifford Waterman, dishonorably discharged from the Army for "an indecent act with a native" in Cairo, can't go back to his job as a police detective and is struggling to make a go of it as a private investigator. He's soon hired to help a young man caught in a gay bar raid who can't afford the $500 bribe a corrupt judge demands to make a "morals charge" go away.



In the blink of an eye, an entire gay neighborhood is suddenly under siege, and Waterman has to find out why the cops, courts, and the city powers that be have unleashed a wave of brutal gay-bashing—astonishing even for that time and place.



Kept moving by Jim Beam, bluesy jazz, and a stubborn sense of outsider's pride, Waterman makes his way through Philadelphia's social, political, and financial swamp to rescue a few unlucky souls and inflict at least a bit of damage to the rotten system that would lead to the Stonewall rebellion in New York City 22 years later.



Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Gripping, evocative and turn-of-the-screw suspenseful, Knock Off The Hat is a brilliantly paced and startlingly immersive barnstormer. With firecracker prose, Stevenson brings the jungle hot streets of post-war Philly to life and deftly reminds us that nothing is stronger than a community besieged." - P J Vernon


Used availability for Richard Stevenson's Knock Off the Hat

Paperback Editions

April 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: Knock Off The Hat: A Clifford Waterman Gay Philly Mystery
Author(s): Richard Stevenson
ISBN: 1-61294-231-8 / 978-1-61294-231-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amble Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2022 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Knock Off The Hat: A Clifford Waterman Gay Philly Mystery
Author(s): Richard Stevenson
Publisher: Amble Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU