FBOTU Book Club: The German by Lee Thomas

Good news, bibliophiles! After a prolonged hiatus, the FBOTU Book Club is back! I’m very pleased to announce our latest literary selection is The German, a thrilling, supermatural mystery written by Lambda Literary Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lee Thomas (In the Closet, Under the Bed, The Dust of Wonderland)! You have until Friday, September 14 to procure and read the book, then we’ll start discussing it. I know school is starting, and there’s a US holiday in there, as well, but the book is under 300 pages—and it’s a real page turner. You won’t be able to put it down once you start! You can get the book online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and TLA Books. You can also check your local bookstores and libraries (or inter-library loan programs).

As an added incentive, we have FIVE ebooks to give away to the first five readers to write “I’m a FBOTU Book Club member!” in the comments section below. Digital versions are available for Amazon Kindle devices, Apple devices and the Nook. Winners can specify their preference when we contact them about their books. If you don’t have any of the devices listed above, don’t worry! You can download the corresponding reader app(s) to any computer, tablet or smartphone for free! 

About the Book
At the height of World War II, a mysterious killer preys on the young men of a quiet Texas town. The murders are calculated, vicious, and they are just beginning. Sheriff Tom Rabbit is baffled, and the community he serves is terrified of the monster stalking their streets. The only clues the killer leaves behind are notes written in German. As the panic builds, all eyes turn toward a quiet man with dark and disturbing secrets of his own. Ernst Lang fled Germany in 1934. Once a brute, a soldier and a leader of the Nazi party, he has since renounced aggression and embraces a peaceful obscurity. But Lang is haunted by an impossible past. He remembers his own execution and the extremes of sex and violence that led to it. He remembers the men he led into battle, the men he seduced, and the men who betrayed him. But are these the memories of a man given a second chance at life, or the delusions of a killer?

The German was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and won the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Speculative Fiction.

About the Author
Lee Thomas is the award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned (Telos), Damage (Sarob) and The Dust of Wonderland (Alyson). In addition to numerous magazines, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Unspeakable Horror (Dark Scribe), Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press), and Inferno (Tor), among others.

Writing as Thomas Pendleton and Dallas Reed, he is the author of the novels Mason, Shimmer and The Calling from HarperTeen.

Lee currently lives in Austin, TX, where he’s working on a number of upcoming projects.


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