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The Little Dog Laughed

Dave Brandstetter Investigation 8

By Joseph Hansen

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Available for the first time in ebook, Joseph Hansen's classic mystery series starring Dave Brandstetter, a gay private eye in 70s and 80s California.

'After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor' The Times

Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlow, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay.

Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.

When foreign correspondent Adam Streeter is found shot dead, the police and his daughter both say suicide; but his life insurance company sends Dave in to check all the same. He soon realises that Adam was on the trail of a big story - so big that, as Dave digs deeper, he swiftly finds himself targeted by the same powerful and pitiless enemy.

Biographical Notes

Joseph Hansen wrote nearly forty novels in the course of a long career, but is best known for the groundbreaking series of twelve Dave Brandstetter crime novels. Brandstetter was a pioneering character: a tough private eye and happily uncloseted gay man. Hansen was an active campaigner for equal rights (though he disliked the word 'gay' and always described himself as 'homosexual'). He founded the pioneering gay journal Tangents in 1965, hosted a radio show called Homosexuality Today, and was involved in setting up the first Gay Pride parade in Hollywood in 1970, the same year that the first Brandstetter novel was published. In 1992, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. He died in 2004.

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  • ISBN: 9781444784565
  • Publication date: 17 Jul 2014
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  • Imprint: Mulholland Books
The most exciting and effective writer of the classic private-eye novel working today — LA Times
Hansen, one of the best practitioners of the California private-eye school...writes crisply with a lean, spare prose that echoes Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald — Washington Post
In Brandstetter, Hansen has developed a sympathetic character of depth and integrity — Chicago Sun-Times
No mystery writer is better at evoking the landscape, the light, the architecture and the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles — Time
Hansen is a strong unflinching writer and everything in his taut prose is real — Boston Globe
An exceptionally urbane literary style — New York Times Book Review
Hansen writes about Southern California with the descriptive love once given it by Raymond Chandler — Herald Examiner
An excellent craftsman, a compelling writer, he has a real gift for storytelling - for character, for scene, for pace independent of violence — New Yorker
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