Tricks by Renaud Camus. First US paperback edition 1982 by Penguin. 320 pages. A graphic tale of a young gay Frenchman’s brief encounters. These 25 fictional tricks—relations which take place only once: more than cruising, less than love—are played out against the backdrop of bars in Paris and Milan and bedrooms from NYC to San Francisco. Camus captures the immediacy of sexual experiences with French farm boys and businessmen, New York “cowboys,” California intellectuals, leather boys, and amyl-sniffing queens in narratives filled with wit and affection. Camus does not justify, plead or interpret; he simply tells all — from the first interested glances and small talk to the details of physical intimacy and final partings.