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Publisher Description

On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. “Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,” the letter began, “I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book.” The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic “observation platform,” fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests.

Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man—Gerald Foos—verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America’s changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he’s ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur’s Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, at once a portrait of one complicated man, and an examination of secret lives and shifting mores in a culturally-evolving country.

July 12
Grove Atlantic
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

The White Wolf Warrior ,

Fascinating read

I enjoyed the book for the most part. I think if you look at it for exactly what it is, the spying isn't the upsetting part of the story. He didn't use what he saw to victimize these people. However, by actually going into the rooms of some of the guests he was spying on he changed the course of their lives. Planting temptations and stealing what he didn't agree with is what I believe the worst part of his crimes.

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