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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.

Gerald Dawson was an angry man, a fundamentalist who wanted to rid the world of everything he feared and hated. So when he is found murdered, there are plenty of suspects: most obviously the owner of the pornshop he had repeatedly attacked. But Dave knows something doesn’t add up, and as he travels from church to X-rated film set, from teenage prostitutes to upstanding preachers, he finds the trail leading somewhere altogether unexpected.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 22nd May 2014

Price: £5.99

ISBN-13: 9781444784534

Reviews

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
No mystery writer is better at evoking the landscape, the light, the architecture and the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles
Time
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
An exceptionally urbane literary style
New York Times Book Review
Hansen is a strong unflinching writer and everything in his taut prose is real
Boston Globe
An excellent craftsman, a compelling writer, he has a real gift for storytelling - for character, for scene, for pace independent of violence
New Yorker