It's All in the Game

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Title: It's All in the Game
Author(s): Mary Louise Fisher
Date(s): 2005
Length: 9324 words
Genre: slash
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
External Links: online here

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It's All in the Game is a Starsky/Hutch story by Mary Louise Fisher.

It was first published in Back to Back, and is now online.


"Ah, games... Starsky knew about games and how to play them to win. Office politics, bedroom activities, partner management. He was especially good at that one--even better than he was at chess. Right? Right? He held the winning hand didn't he? And just how well could Hutch bluff?"

Golden Boy Series

Reactions and Reviews

What an excellent series! I so enjoyed the writing. It is witty, interesting and so much fun that it made me feel good all day. The way you took S&H through the years after the series was brilliant and I especially loved the way you expressed Starsky’s love for Hutch. It felt so real and so complete. It was beautiful. [1]

Author's Comments

In a 2012 interview, the author talked about her fiction:
As my skill sets developed, and I've been able to handle more material - it's very hard to go from being a poet to writing prose, I've felt. So I started with very, you know, mini-plots. The domestic plot. And within the domestic I could put in, a little, you know, they are working detectives, whatever time frame I might be working in. Okay, somebody's got to go to work! That's something that's always bothered me in longer works – nobody goes to work, no-one eats, nobody goes to the bathroom. [laughter] And they're always like, endlessly gazing at each other, and it's just the romance. And what's interesting is, I never read Harlequin or standard romance. So once I started reading that later, just because I was picking up really fun covers. And most of it, you know, is hetero romance, commercial. I realize where all these hooks, and the gazing at the sleeping person, and the jeopardy – so there is, you know, there's formats, and ways to do it. And I wasn't necessarily interested in that. So anything in terms of, already created characters, that were created by TV writers and other producers, how can I make that mine? How kind of plotting can I do? So I've done like, domestics and partnership, I've used older characters, and I've tried to use what's, as a, someone who can write dialogue well, to try to get how the characters sound, and to move the story along through dialog. And almost as a dramatist, and what I found I was able to do by making one of my characters a writer. He could write poetry and annoy the partner with it. [laughter] I can plug in a poem and then get on with the story. So what I like to do is to use, you know, the faces of drama. We have our tragedy, we have our comedy, and our laughter sets us free. [2]


  1. ^ comment by marionrose at Starsky and Hutch Archive, June 17, 2015
  2. ^ Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Pat Massie