Set against the seedy backdrop of 1960s Tangier, The Wrong People (1967) is the story of Arnold Turner, a repressed English schoolmaster on holiday in Morocco, where he meets Ewing Baird, a wealthy American expat with a dark secret.
Ewing lavishly entertains him and even provides him with a young lover, but as Arnold becomes more and more involved with Ewing he realizes only too late that he has been lured into a dangerous trap - and his only chance of escape is by helping Ewing to carry out a sinister plan.
Drawing in part on the author’s real-life efforts to expose the African sex trafficking trade, Robin Maugham’s first explicitly gay-themed novel was both a critical and a commercial success, being reprinted several times - including in the important Gay Modern Classics series - and was optioned for a film version by Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause).
"I can only think of a handful of novelists who can play the reader like a hooked fish with comparable ingenuity and suppleness." (Francis King, Sunday Telegraph)
"A very well-told story, every move nicely calculated and undeniably shuddery." (Daily Telegraph)
"A gripping thriller. Storytelling at its best." (Sunday Express)