New York City, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after a scandalous affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, Sutton heads to Manhattan with no plans and little money in his pocket but with a desire to call his life his own.
Jack Bailey lost his parents to influenza and now hopes to save the family novelty shop by advertising on the radio, a medium barely more than a novelty, itself. His nights are spent in a careless and debauched romp through the gayer sections of Manhattan.
When these two men cross paths, despite a world of differences separating them, their attraction cannot be denied. Sutton finds himself drawn to the piano, playing for Jack. But can his music heal them both, or will sudden prosperity jeopardize their chance at love?
Tamara Allen has peopled her story with diverse and colorful characters, villains and good guys alike, and keeps the reader involved with a series of subplots that, in my mind, could have filled yet another book. Kudos to the author! --Rainbow Reviews
Tamara Allen's lively book Whistling in the Dark is a touching love story about two young men, just back from World War I, who find each other in New York City in the autumn of 1919... the prose is lively and even musical (fitting, for the themes at play), and the connection between Jack and Sutton is depicted so fully and with such feeling that it almost doesn't matter where we are: New York, Sao Paolo, or The Twilight Zone, a good love story should choke you up and make you laugh in triumph. Those are things Allen does with aplomb. --Edge New York
Engaging all our senses with details that help fix us firmly in the characters world, Allen manages to capture a very real city at a specific point in its history. Dingy alleys, grimy walls, rundown apartments, cluttered shops, Ida's restaurant and her home-cooked meals - we get to see, smell, feel, taste, and hear everything. It's a great complement to a host of very real, very human characters. --Hayden Thorne, Speak its Name --Hayden Thorne, Speak its Name