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Gravedigger

Gravedigger

‘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.

A father claims on his daughter’s life insurance – the girl is feared to be a victim of cultist and killer Azrael. But before the claim can be investigated, the man has disappeared – and Dave has to follow the clues through the canyons of LA to a truly terrifying climax.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 22nd May 2014

Price: £5.99

ISBN-13: 9781444784541

Reviews

An exceptionally urbane literary style
New York Times Book Review
An excellent craftsman, a compelling writer, he has a real gift for storytelling - for character, for scene, for pace independent of violence
New Yorker
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
Hansen writes about Southern California with the descriptive love once given it by Raymond Chandler
Herald Examiner
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