New York, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money–only a desire to call his life his own.
Jack Bailey’s life has changed as well. After losing his parents in the influenza epidemic, he hopes to save their beloved novelty shop–now his–by advertising on the radio, barely more than a novelty, itself.
Sutton lands work in Jack’s corner of the city and the two conclude they couldn’t be less suited for friendship. But when Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton returns to the piano to play for Jack and finds the intervening months have healed him. The program promises to rescue Jack’s business and Sutton’s career…but success brings its own risks for two men falling in love.
“Whistling in the Dark is one hell of a lovely book. Possibly one of the best m/m books I’ve ever read. Definitely the sweetest, most engaging romance I’ve ever read.” – Uniquely Pleasurable
“There is a lot going on here. Living up to family expectations. Dealing with loss. Shell shock. Mob violence. Homophobia. And all is handled with the utmost warmth, love and skill by author Tamara Allen. Sutton is a delightful mix of shy and impish. Jack is both a will of the wisp and deeply troubled. The supporting cast of mob toughs, loyal family retainers, others struggling through the years immediately after The Great War… and a terrific look at the clandestine world of homosexual men and women in 1920′s Manhattan.” - That’s All I Read
“…an incredibly sweet, romantic story, made even better by the fascinating cast of characters Allen develops, including Jack’s ramshackle “family” and his slick night owl friends. From diners to jazz clubs, to back alley fisticuffs, to impromptu bicycle rides to the dump, to makeshift concerts in the crowded curio shop staffed by a live alligator, to heavies trying to control the neighborhood, I was fully immersed in this world and glad to be there.” -Read, React, Review
“I love the way you slowly shade in the characters over the course of the story much like an artist adding depth to the outlines of a drawing instead of info dumping on us. It takes a little while to fully understand the people and the places, the relationships and the history but the end result is worth the wait. The trip there is something to be savored. “ -Jayne at Dear Author