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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443296
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Thompson on May 13 2014
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Very cleaver ...Interesting twists....Lots of sex ....You really don't know what to believe until the end...It really held my attention ...I will order more of his books
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Secret Tunnel Nov. 8 2009
By Page Turner - Published on
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You can't help but feel that Agatha Christie would love to be seated next to James Lear on a long train trip, through scenic mountains and dark tunnels, with hours to observe and gossip and draw conclusions together. As a huge Agatha Christie fan, I loved how James tips his hat to Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, before jamming it full of horny men, bawdy sex and a devil may care attitude--and with a mystery thrown in to boot! James writes so swiftly, so wittily, I can't help but grin with pleasure!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I Wish I Lived in James Lear's Mind July 26 2010
By Aryael de Kaprii - Published on
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James Lear's writing is very masculine as his homosexual characters are not all stereotypical queens or femmes. His men are very much men -lacking all delicacy and genteel innocence found in many gaymale characters of other works of gay erotic fiction. The Secret Tunnel is James Lear's 5th novel and sequal to "The Back Passage". In this brilliant, exiciting and sexually stimulating rollercoaster ride murder mystery we are reintroduced to Edward "Mitch" Mitchell, an American living in the United Kingdom as a Doctor in training. On his way to visit is best friend and once lover "Boy" Morgan, Dr Mitchell is caught between a cock and a hard case. Not a detective but always wanted to be, Mitchell is on the trail of a murderer. Along this path of investigation he runs into a hungry bottom Belgian, a randy Scottish sergeant and his kilt wearing soliders, sexual psychopaths and secret lovers both on stage and in the royal family and a sex club. Mitchell will do anything to get at (and into) the bottom of his investigation, even if it means performing in a gay porn flim. This book is not only erotic and titilating, it is well written, suspencful and facinating from cover to cover (especially the guy on the cover). Lear does not candy coat his prose with purple metaphors and similes -he tells it right out. You know what his character's want in detail no euphemisms. From sexual postions to bathroom behavior,orgies to anal morris code, Lear is creative, honest, bold and very male in his layout. What I admire most about Lear's work is that it is unapologetic and it does not try to explain why these men are so aroused by other men. It is what it is, take it or leave it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great book Sept. 12 2009
By PTR - Published on
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This, like all of Lear's books I've read, is a fun, entertaining read. Easy to read in a day or two. Just sheer enjoyment.
Fun! Sept. 29 2014
By Justme - Published on
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The best way to explain The Secret Tunnel:

Take a detective novel of Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express, replace the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot with the American amateur sleuth Edward Mitchell who lives and works as a medical doctor in Edinburgh, add a lot of SEX SCENES, make ALL men who perform here gay or at least bisexual (those are in the minority), season everything generously with fun and delicious dialogues and you have it.

Or just imagine a literature professor devoting his spare time to writing sophisticated porn. I don't mean Mitch, I'm talking about James Lear.
Mitch spends his leisure time don't want to give something away.
The Secret Tunnel is a book about how Mitch is spending his free time. (Have a look at the cover!)

And let us name it historical because we are talking about the 20s of the last century!

Have fun! I had!
I have no idea what to say about this book. May 29 2014
By Rosa, really - Published on
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I have no idea what to say about this book. I’m fascinated. I’m turned on. I’m horrified. I’m turned on. James Lear has created a fantasy/historical world that definitely touches my inner perv. A world where all men are gay and in possession of a “voracious [hole where the sun don’t shine].”

My opinion hasn’t changed much from my review of the first book. There’s still an impressive lack of lube. (However, there is exactly one mention of Vaseline. Color me relieved.) Mitch still has sex with an impressive amount of men, though I’m sorry to say that yet again I forgot to take a tally. (What’s wrong with me?) And, as usual, if that dude on the cover would just lift his hips a little, I could totally see his peen. Really, would that be too much to ask? Mr. Lear, your shocking disregard for the female sex disappoints me: A GIRL NEEDS SOME PENIS TOO, YOU KNOW. Jerk.

The main difference between this book and the first is that Lear has actually developed…an actual PLOT. It’s totally true! There’s at least 20% less sex (I know, I’m sad as well). Most of the plot is inspired by Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. In this case there’s a murder on the Flying Scotsman, a train that travels between Edinburgh & London. There’s even a Hercule Poirot look-alike, a small mustachioed Belgian man name Betrand, who serves as Mitch’s main sidekick.

Also featured in this book:

-1920s movie & theatre star Tallulah Bankhead
“Tallulah, let me introduce you to a very good friend of mine, Mitch Mitchell. He’s like you, Talloo.”
“American, I mean.”

-The British Fascism Party, who were big, big fans of Benito Mussolini (this is such a bizarre plot point, I have nothing funny to say about it.)

-A gay virgin, the previously mention Betrand, who takes on not only Mitch, but 4 Scottish soldiers, ALL ON THE SAME DAY. He walks away from this with nary a limp.

-Again, Bertand (I have a serious admiration for this dude), later communicates to Mitch, THROUGH HIS [Hole where the sun don’t shine], that he’s in trouble.
“At first I couldn’t believe it. I waited, not moving my [penis], which was rock hard thanks to this pulsing grip….But yes, here is was again. The same pattern, the same rhythm….I was being signaled by an [hole where the sun don’t shine] in Morse code. And it was signaling SOS.”

-Finally, in one of the weirdest plot points, Prince George makes an appearance. As far as I can tell, Prince George is the future king of England, father of the present Queen Elizabeth II, and was portrayed by Colin Firth “The King’s speech.” But instead of speaking with a stutter, he has a pronounced lisp. He’s also having an affair with Hugo Taylor, a fictitious movie star. What the FUDGE, James Lear?!?

I hesitated to give this book a full 4 stars because it is just so bloody ridiculous. However, it’s also extremely entertaining and so I recommend it to anyone who wants a giggle.