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by Edward C. Patterson
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Philip Flaxen, who strips past his jockstrap on the Internet for, acquires a rare gift - a book that transforms his life. With it, he sparks with a famous author, whittles away at a new craft, swims with an odd circle of new acquaintances and is swept up in mayhem. Philip leaves the world of the Porn Nazi and enters the realm of crisp possibilities - great expectations and dark secrets that unravel over deep waters.

Follow this whodunit as Philip Flaxen turns idolater and never looks back - a tale of Internet strippers, back street murders, Provincetown glitz, New York City nightlife and a love story for the ages. If you liked "No Irish Need Apply" and loved "Bobby's Trace," you will absolutely adore "Turning Idolater." Life is filled with serendipity, pleasurable and bracing, but on the fringes and in the heart, life can be a very bloody business.


Part I: High Time to Get to Sea

Chapter One: The Tools of the Trade
Chapter Two:
Chapter Three: Tdye
Chapter Four: Coffee Ceremonial
Chapter Five: The Agent
Chapter Six: Confidence
Chapter Seven: "Old Times till nearly Morning"
Chapter Eight: In the Shadow of the El
Chapter Nine: Safe Harbor
Chapter Ten: Flight from Avenue A
Chapter Eleven: On Assurity
Chapter Twelve: Brave Old Worlds
Chapter Thirteen: The Spinner
Chapter Fourteen: Pas de Quatre
Chapter Fifteen: Perfect Binding
Chapter Sixteen: The Bantam
Chapter Seventeen: Detective Kusslow

Part II: In the Hammocks

Chapter One: Old Charlotte
Chapter Two: Quartets
Chapter Three: Green Shorts
Chapter Four: Mr. Townsend Goes to Town
Chapter Five: Off-Stage Drama
Chapter Six: On-Stage Drama
Chapter Seven: The Gauntlet
Chapter Seven: "Bright Darkness"

Part III: In Pursuit of the Red Tide

Chapter One: Autumnal Thoughts
Chapter Two: The Secrets of the Book
Chapter Three: Cleopatra's Needle
Chapter Four: Dark Brightness
Chapter Five: Downtown
Chapter Six: Uptown
Chapter Seven: Crosstown
Chapter Eight: Life-Buoy

Here's a few pull-quotes from reviewers of Turning Idolater

"Turning Idolater is a wonderful interweaving of Melville and Patterson. And just when you think that Patterson left Melville somewhere moored at a dry dock, he brings him right back, and pulls you along into his roiling sea of words." - Irma Fritz

"Patterson has become an author I look for. Whenever I see he has a new book out, I'm in line to buy it. I'm not gay, but I like people, and his characters are likeable, full of spirit, going places and when they decide to go do something. . .I won't be left behind!" - Esmerelda Luv

"The plot is so charmingly good plus the mystery will keep you on the edge of the seat, so go read!" - Sybil at Rainbow Reviews

"Through Patterson's lyrical prose and keen understanding of the human condition, he creates characters so real I felt as if I was reading a memoir. Frequent reference to literary classics and intricate and loving descriptions of priceless book restoration invite the reader into a contemporary equivalent of a Jane Austin novel." - Todd Fonseca, review at

"Edward Patterson has created a cast of uniquely engaging characters, each one, on a quest to further improve and enhance their lives." - Timothy Mulder

"The who-dunnit that winds its way throughout the story is captivating, and we never know who the culprit is until the very end. There's never a dull moment in this book!" - Lila Pinord

"The writing is wonderful and the characters very real. I loved the way references to Melville's masterpiece, Moby Dick, were referenced throughout the book. Mr. Patterson has a great talent and a masterful way with words." - L. C. Evans

"Edward Patterson has a great knack of portraying emotion in the scene and characters. As a writer I feel I've been taught a lesson by reading this book. I found myself rereading passages in order to grasp his technique." Jenna Anderseon
And you wonder why it's my favorite.

Words can transport you, or so is the main theme of my novel Turning Idolater. When the protagonist gives a copy of Moby Dick to his mother and she doesn't understand the opening paragraph, he says:

"Never mind the meaning. Listen to the rhythm of the words -- the lilt. I live there, between the lilt and the sunlight."

This novel is inspired by the sunlight of a precious soul, who stumbles through a world both seedy and literate - a New York world - a Provincetown world. The world of Melville and O'Neill, of porn Nazis and serial murderers. I use the tag line - "Whaling and life is a bloody business," but in the end, the human spirit, tarnished, but lustrous, triumphs to live, between the lilt and the sunlgiht.

I invite you to partake of my novel Turning Idolater - Kindle. Bargain priced at $ .99, available also at Smashwords and mobipocket.

Edward C. Patterson
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Mr. Patterson's book continue to recieve the most amazing reviews. I can't wait to read them all!

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This is an article on Turning Idolater which you might find interesting:

A Fish Out of Water - No Pun Intended
By Edward C. Patterson

Smashing two ideas together inspires imagination squared.

I recently had an e-mail from a reader who asked where I get my inspiration for my stories, especially Turning Idolater, which seemed unique to her - genre defying and yet satisfying genre need. In Turning Idolater, I literally take the protagonist, a young internet stripper who is yearning for something indescribable, and beach him in a world that makes him squeamish. The sleaze of the porn world smashed into the preciousness of the literary world creates a tsunami for all the characters. That the two main characters are as noble as Ishmael and Queequeg, taken from Moby Dick, grounds Turning Idolater in a genreless world, despite the echoes of gay-themed and whodunit. Is it a murder mystery? Is it slice of life? Is it a gay romance? Is it a romance, period? Yes. Like tofu in a pot, this novel is meant to appeal to every imagination it infects. A fish out of water in every genre in which it swims.

However, this doesn't answer the prime question. Where do I get my inspiration? Well, here's a state secret. I imagine a story that interests me, perhaps topically; perhaps it's the character development possibilities. I think on that story and its possibilities and then I lay it out in a plank - simple and direct; an anchor for my writing. It stays with me for a long time - years perhaps. THEN, and this is the Patterson family recipe, I add an element diametrically oppose to the simple line; a kettle of fish out of water. Thus, a study of gay activist meetings becomes a satirical comedy on human frailty (Cutting the Cheese). A love story teaming with deceit becomes a super-charged ghost story (Bobby's Trace). A simple coming out tale becomes a contemporary poster for prejudice (No Irish Need Apply). A memoir of the gay experience in the military in 1967 becomes a marathon run by a fat man (Surviving an American Gulag). A simple porn boy meets snob man romance becomes a high-powered murder mystery (Turning Idolater). A quest story becomes a Dickensian epic (The Jade Owl). A sedate exposition of a Chinese official's life in the twelfth century becomes an historic epic (The Academician and Swan Cloud - the two parts of Southern Swallow). What happens when you tell a prosaic military tale set in Germany during the 60's and smash it up again the Brothers Grimm? You get The Road to Grafenwoehr. Mix time travel and alternative worlds with the history of the Cherokee nation and you get Belmundus. How about gay discrimination in the workplace mixed with a cocktail of the biblical triad - Jonathan, David and Saul. That would be Green Folly. And it goes on and on in my works.
Take a fish out of water and let it swim in snow and everyone will want to know whether the snow is cold enough to preserve the fish, or the fish large enough to swallow the snow. Nothing is ever too simple to be riveting or too complex to repel.
Happy reading, dear readers.
Edward C. Patterson

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Here's an article I wrote regarding Turning Idolater and the art of Mystery writing. Enjoy

Turning Idolater

The Mystery of Authoring a Mystery - Whodunit and Turning Idokater
By Edward C. Patterson

I like to engage the reader by putting clues right under their noses, and then write around them so they miss them completely.

Since my novel Turning Idolater showed up on, I have had readers ask me whether it is more difficult to write a whodunit mystery or a run of the mill novel. My answer to that is easy. If the novel is run of the mill, it's a cinch to write. I don't believe I can write such novels. A mystery like Turning Idolater or the forthcoming The Jade Owl (which fits better into the fantasy genre) requires forethought that is more logical. I like to engage the reader by putting clues right under their noses, and then write around them so they miss them completely. (The clues, not their noses). This misdirection is fun for a writer and comes easily to me, but I must admit, to make it all work - to make it so that the reader is completely taken off guard, both mentally and emotionally at the end, takes sleight of hand. I love it when a reader tells me they re-read Bobby's Trace to track the clues they missed on the first read.

Turning Idolater is an unusual mystery. The underlying glue is that nineteenth century classic, Moby Dick. The sea gushes through the work. The problem with Melville, however, is that his work is ponderous, while his themes transcend the page with simple truths. Therefore, I attempted (and hopefully succeeded) in extracting the themes, overlaying them with a Dickensian story set in modern times - a May-December gay romance between an inspired writer and a precocious Internet stripper. I have looked deep into my own experiences as a gay man and placed emphasis on the ripening relationship between these two men and the perils that befall them, much like the crew of the Pequod captained by an obsessive old thumper determined to destroy the swimming eye of God. Now, that would be a tall tale to write, except it is a murder mystery. The difficulty in any work is not its genre, but the development of the characters. In Turning Idolater's case, we have four contrapuntal forces - a symphony of souls and, like any opus in sonata allegro form, these elements struggle to resolve on an engaging canvas - in this case, New York City and Provincetown on Cape Cod. The mystery of Turning Idolater is that it is a mystery at all. My characters stood by my hand as I sailed this vessel over rough seas - through shoal water and down sewers. While the characters try to resolve their issues, I am resolving the dichotomy of Melville and Dickens, of Pip and Ishmael, of Whales and sea gulls. Yet at the heart of it, lies not a tricky, surprising whodunit (that's engaging), but the sweet story of a young man at sea with himself and his hopes. The resolution of his inner turmoil is inherent. He must strike the compromise, or in Melville's words, turn idolater to find his way back to shore. Whodunit. That's easy. I did. Guilty as charged.

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Turning Idolater review from Rainbow Reviews by Sibil

"Turning Idolator is filled with excitement, strippers, murders, books, romance ~ what more can we ask for?

All the characters have their own quirks which not only make them extremely interesting but also very lovable. Philip, who has been wronged, ends up in the porn industry trying to make a living by taking his clothes off. Then he meets Tdye, a well known author at the peak of his fame. And what happens? Well, as they say, sparks fly here!

There is so much emotion in these pages, it made me laugh, made me sniff and at some points take short walks around my desk. Look out for the 'Moby Dick' quotes and the hidden meanings. There are fishy things going on here and you don't want to miss them.

This is a book that pulls you in ~ Patterson's story is a catchy one and as the author says 'life can be a bloody thing' but ohhh, so good. The plot is so charmingly good plus the mystery will keep you on the edge of the seat, so go read! A roller coaster of emotions fills this story and the end will make you Weeep!

By Sybil - Rainbow Reviews


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Some Turning Idolater flavor - the opening to Part II - In the Hammocks

"The line of sea and sky was broken by the crest of land that he could see when he pushed to the surface, his blowhole seeking the crisp ocean air. He winked at his mate as she swam just beneath him. He would be lashing through the waves toward the sky soon — a playful game for those small craft he spied nearby. He knew that on the prow the humans would wave to him and applaud. He kept his deep blue eye square along the rippling waters. He saw the distant tower that had been his key when in these waters. It pricked the cloudless sky like coral, only in the world of air and sails.
Blow it high so they could see him — a marker of the deep. Laughter churning to the reef. They were still distant, too far to lavish their praise. Still the spout would draw them nigh. It always had. Down through the layers of blacked blue, he felt the warmth of this sunless world, where the krill swam heedless into his maw. His mate turned about and over, her flippers stroking the waters, causing the current to feed them more — to stream the microcosm into their leviathan bulk. It was ever so offshore and in season that he and his mate should cleave the chalice of the sea and then break the cup’s edge into sunlight.

He saw the prow nearing. It was time for a display of mastery — mastery of the deep. These small humans once thought they ruled the waves, but he knew better. He sang to his mate, and she answered the call. Together they broke the surface as surely as the land broke the line of sea and sky. The spout shot skyward — marker to mastery, barely missing the gulls that circled above the krill, singing a chorus in the spume as these two rang forth in a duet under heaven’s radiant light."

etc.etc.etc.  a la Moby Dick, a la Provincetown.

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Hi edwpat,
I ordered your book and have just started to read it. So far so good. Now here's the funny part...I bought it twice! Once for a penny and again for .99! I may have to read it twice. Good luck on your sales. I will leave a rating on your book when I am done reading it.

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I have been asked about the title TURNING IDOLATER, and I admit it is an unusual title. However, it taps into the main theme of the work and is taken directly from Herman Melville's Moby Dick, a key icon in the novel:

"Upon waking the next morning about daylight, I found Queequeg's arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner. You had almost thought I had been his wife. Now, Queequeg is my fellow man. And what do I wish that this Queequeg would do to me? Why, unite with me in my particular Presbyterian form of worship. Consequently, I must unite with him in his; ergo, I must turn idolater."

It is a fragrant way of saying "Making Compromises," which cuts to the heart of the matter.

Edward C. Patterson
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