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

Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe, 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.

In Fadeout, Dave is sent to investigate the death of radio personality Fox Olsen. His car is found crashed in a dry river bed. But there is no body – and as Dave looks deeper into his life, it seems as though he had good reasons to disappear.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 30th January 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781444784466

Reviews

An exceptionally urbane literary style
New York Times Book Review
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
The most exciting and effective writer of the classic private-eye novel working today
LA Times
An excellent craftsman, a compelling writer, he has a real gift for storytelling - for character, for scene, for pace independent of violence
New Yorker
Hansen writes about Southern California with the descriptive love once given it by Raymond Chandler
Herald Examiner
In Brandstetter, Hansen has developed a sympathetic character of depth and integrity
Chicago Sun-Times
Incredible books, much overlooked
Jeff Abbott, author of PANIC
No mystery writer is better at evoking the landscape, the light, the architecture and the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles
Time
The Brandstetter books are classics of the private eye genre...it's great to see them available again
Peter Robinson
Hansen is a strong unflinching writer and everything in his taut prose is real
Boston Globe