The Monkey Cages

In the summer of 1955, sixteen-year-old Tommy Cadigan finds himself helpless in the face of desire, especially when the man that wears the face is his high school football coach and history teacher, a young Korean War veteran who is still recovering from receiving a “blue ticket” discharging him from the military because of his homosexuality. Unsure if his infatuation is returned, Tommy distracts himself with the attention of a local bully, who hustles older men at night besides a decrepit zoo in Boise’s park. Tommy soon finds himself in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ignite the entire town…and his life will never be the same.

The Monkey Cages is a coat of many colors, part coming of age story, part romance, part courtroom drama, with all of them adding up to be a sexy, searing consideration of just what it takes to live life with candor and pride. And not since The Front Runner has there been such a coach.” – Vinton Rafe McCabe, author of Death in Venice, California

“Fast-paced, sexy, and intriguing. Casey Charles ushers us to front row seats for his startling, gossipy imagining of the Boise homosexuality scandal of 1955.” – David Pratt, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Bob the Book

“Beautifully written, a gripping story…” – Out in Print 

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