The thing that is real William Carney (1968). Set within the homosexual male SM subculture associated with 1960s, this epistolary novel, told through letters from an uncle up to a nephew, lays out a luxurious taxonomy of ???this Way,??? meaning Leather and SM.
The story turns the corner from carefully explored consensual play to murder and revenge with an unreliable narrator. Although it comes to an end for a dark note, it is remarkable both for the insight into very early homosexual male Leather tradition as well as for its distinct literary quality. Belle de Jour by Joseph Kessel (1928). A well-to-do housewife is compelled to subject herself to the whims of cruel customers in a brothel by day while her husband is at work in this classic tale.