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Entrapment: infested with stereotypes


by Roy McCoy

Published by Argyle Books

Published 1965
160 pgs. • Find on

Reviewed by “R. M.”

March 13, 1966

The confused characters in this novel do not live up to their publisher’s cover blurb—“The underground world of sex honestly revealed with all its ecstasy, depravity and torment intact.”

They experience little or no ecstasy, and their tormented self-castigations are depressing and often not in character.

The “hero,” Jimmy Rendon, a repressed homosexual, hates his work as a plain clothes police come-on but cannot stay away from it even when off duty. The stereotypes who infest his life seem to dislike themselves as much as they do each other. No one even enjoys his own depravity.

Mr. McCoy is so moralistic about the whole thing that one soon begins to picture the author as a hit suppressed himself.

There is plenty of plot and Entrapment is readable if not believable.

This review was first published in the March 1966 issue of Tangents.

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