In 1724, Thomas Newton is cast out of his home by his aristocratic father. Desperate to make a new life for himself, he heads to London. Through a string of intimate encounters, he enters the underground world of male-male desire.
Soon enough, Thomas meets Margaret Clap, who runs one of the male brothels. Without a child of her own, "Mother Clap" finds herself drawn to Thomas. She offers him a place in her house, but also a place in her heart.
Thomas's homecoming is too brief. The Society for the Reformation of Manners, a group of Christian zealots, begins raiding the Molly houses. They plan to force the arrest, conviction, and execution of any man guilty of "crimes against nature."
When Margaret Clap's house is raided and Margaret herself is arrested, Thomas has to make the most difficult decision of his still young life, one that could destroy everyone around him in a desperate effort to save them.
William Holden has published more than forty stories of erotica, horror, fictional history, and romance. His short story, "Words to Die By," was a finalist in the 2010 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. His first book, A Twist of Grimm (Lethe Press), was a finalist for the 2011 Lambda Literary Award. William has also written encyclopedia articles on the history of gay and lesbian fiction and has authored five bibliographies for the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association. He is co-founder and co-editor of Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews at www.outinprint.net
After 23 years as a corporate accountant, William decided to pursue a more forgiving career. In 2004 he obtained his Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University. A native of Detroit, William now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his partner, Mark Jordan.