St. Louis 1981. Epidemiologist Shaun Malloy is overworked and under-appreciated. Chasing STD cases day in and day out, Malloy and his fellow investigators in the clinic are not prepared when a fatal wasting disease appears that seems to hone in on the city's gay community. As they strive to understand this new threat, matters are made worse by Trey Vonderhaar, who runs a lucrative private men's club that caters to the appetites of a privileged class. Despite warnings from health officials, Vonderhaar is determined to benefit from his enterprise without regard to the dangers his luxury sex hotel presents. Perhaps too dedicated to his job, Malloy is just as intent on shutting Vonderhaar down, and, along with best friend and bondsman Teri Kincaid, isn't above resorting to extreme measures to do it.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10
Humorous and titillating, Stage chronicles a randy city health care worker investigating STDs in St. Louis, circa 1981. Consistently brazen, honest, and darkly humorous, Stage has created an engaging and highly readable take on STDs, free-willed sexuality, and the bug-chasing work that city officials must perform in order to contain outbreaks. An exquisitely original take on sexual disease and some unapologetically sexy individuals who consider it an unfortunate, minor byproduct of a good time in the sheets.
Date Submitted: August 07, 2016