eBook-Tipp: Dave Brandstetter Investigation – Krimis von Joseph Hansen

Joseph Hansen (* 19. Juli 1923 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA; † 24. November 2004 in Laguna Beach, CA, USA) war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller. Seine bekannteste Figur ist der Versicherungs-Detektiv Dave Brandstetter. Und dieser war ein klassischer amerikanischer Detektiv der Literatur – mit einem wichtigen Unterschied: Er war auch schwul.

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Fadeout

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

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.

Der erste Band der Serie. “The Brandstetter books are classics of the private eye genre…it’s great to see them available again” (Peter Robinson) (38 Rezensionen / 4,4 Sterne), 272 Seiten noch günstig?

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Death Claims

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

John Oats is dead; drowned in the treacherous waves of the Pacific. But was it accident, suicide, or murder? Between the mysteriously absent son, the bitter ex-wife and the current lover, there are plenty of people with reason to lie to Dave about what really happened that night – and why.

Band 2 der Serie. “The detailed descriptions of furnishings, architecture, house and room ambience, geography and sounds and smells of the time are excellent. For the year it was published (1973), it was a book well ahead of its time, given the gay themes.” (Leser) (1 Rezension / 3,0 Sterne), 224 Seiten noch günstig?

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The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

Police Chief Ben Orton swore he’d keep ‚big city vice‘ out of his town. So no one is too surprised when he turns up dead – but Dave thinks pinning his murder on gay activist Cliff Kerlee is just a bit too convenient. His investigation uncovers a community cowed by one man and a police force with its own ideas of law and order.

Band 4 der Serie. “I liked this for the same reasons I liked each in the series. First off, for those interested, it worked well as a standalone, with its own self-contained mystery, while also further developing the character and life of the MC, his boyfriends and other supporting characters, and smoothly providing any explanations needed to bring a first-time reader up on previous happenings.” (Leser) (7 Rezensionen / 4,4 Sterne), 181 Seiten noch günstig?

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Skinflick

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

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.

Band 5 der Serie. “This 1979 novel by Josephy Hansen is written in a style that calls to mind the best of such writers as James M. Cain: less of a detective story or murder mystery than a hard-as-nails action novel, Hansen’s prose is clean, unsentimental, detailed, occasionally witty, and somewhat bitter. ” (Leser) (2 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 194 Seiten noch günstig?

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Gravedigger

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

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.

Band 6 der Serie. “Written with Hansen’s remarkably precise style, the plot clips along at a terrific pace and to a memorable conclusion, and along the way also allows us glimpses of Brandstetter’s private life as well, as he tries to balance the needs of a lover half his age as well as protect a long-time friend against an unfortunate romantic connection.” (Leser) (8 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 183 Seiten noch günstig?

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The Little Dog Laughed

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

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.

Band 8 der Serie. “A timely thriller about clandestine U.S. involvement in Central America.” (Time) (7 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 184 Seiten noch günstig?

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Obedience

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

A rundown harbour is due to be re-developed – against the wishes of those who call it home. When Mr Le, the businessman behind the project, is shot on his way to meet the residents‘ spokesman, the culprit seems obvious. But then Dave is persuaded to take the case, and finds much more beneath the surface: forbidden love, deadly hatred, and most toxic of all, family honour.

Band 10 der Serie. “First-rate . . . No mystery writer is better at evoking the landscape, the light, the architecture and the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles.” (Time) (3 Rezensionen / 3,8 Sterne), 208 Seiten noch günstig?

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A Country of Old Men

Krimi von Joseph Hansen

After twenty-one years as an investigator, Dave is finally planning to retire. But first he is drawn into one final case: a tale of kidnapping and murder told by an abandoned boy. With the police unconvinced by the child’s testimony, Dave must unravel a sordid story of drugs, jealousy and fraud before he can rest at last.

Band 12 der Serie. “A moving elegy for Hansen’s unique hero and a fitting conclusion to his distinguished series.” (The San Diego U-T) (6 Rezensionen / 4,1 Sterne), 192 Seiten noch günstig?

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