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Tell us about this new creation of yours—Cigarette Boy. That’s such a unique name!
When I wrote my first novel, A Trace of Smoke, I researched the gay cabaret culture of Weimar Berlin. The main character was a crime reporter named Hannah Vogel, and her brother Ernst had been immersed in that culture before his murder. Originally, I had scenes in his voice from beyond the grave, but the scenes confused some initial readers, so I cut them out. But I always wanted to give Ernst Vogel a chance to tell his own stories. It took me a long time to get back to him (sorry, Ernst!), but with Cigarette Boy, I finally did.
Ernst is the club headliner—a talented singer who draws a crowd. One night before the show he watches the new cigarette boy. In some clubs, from the 1920s through the 1960s, cigarette girls wore…
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