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Free read ã Fadeout Author Joseph Hansen È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ ➸ Fadeout Download ➿ Author Joseph Hansen – Dcmdirect.co.uk 'After forty years Hammett has a worthy successor' The Times Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe Sam Spade aTeries 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 disappe. Fog shrouded the canyon a box canyon above a California town called Pima It rained Not hard rain but steady and grey and dismal Shaggy pines loomed through the mist like threats Sycas made white twisted gestures above the arroyo Down the arroyo water poured ugly angry and deep The road shouldered the arroyo It was a bad road The rains had chewed its edges There were holes Mud and rock half buried it in places It was steep and winding and there were no guard railsHe drove it with sweating hands Why His smile was sour Why so careful Wasn't death all he'd wanted for the past six weeks His mouth tightened That was finished He'd made up his mind to live now Hadn't he Live and forget – at least until he could remember without pain And that would happen someday Sure it would All the books said so The sum of human wisdom Meantime he was working againAnd here was the bridge It was wooden maybe thirty feet in span ten feet wide Heavy beams thick planks big iron bolts Simple and strongThe right kind of bridge for this placeThat is how Joseph Hansen introduces you to his long term series character Dave Brandstetter I challenge you not to be excited over the content of this series after reading that Hansen knew how to write this genre at the highest standard from the very beginningFadeout concerns singer radio personality writer artist Fox Olsen who finds success late in life and is missing presumed dead after his car is found in a swollen river during heavy storms Dave Brandstetter is the insurance agent sent to find a way not to pay out on the claim and in the course of his investigation unravels the mystery of the missing man by delving through layers of small town California society layers of identity and layers of his own grief The usual intrigue involving friends and family of the missing man can be found throughout but are presented in interesting and new ways and despite a final twenty pages or so as convoluted as they come Fadeout is a highly entertaining hardboiled whodunnitAs Alan Chin points out in his review Brandstetter was not the first gay sleuth but he was the first healthy gay detective that was utterly comfortable with his sexuality He is as real a person as a crime fiction detective can be and this is what made the series standout at the time almost as if HansenBrandstetter was making the point that we're normal people we can do anything a heterosexual male can do even if that means being Philip Marlowe Which of course is absolutely true and it would be easy to say forty years in to the future but America in the 70s was a time of turmoil and massive change a theme I discuss in my recent overview of American hardboiled crime fiction of the period at blahblahblahgay and it must have caused a real uproar in the typical readers of the genrePublished six years after Isherwood's A Single Man Hansen managed to write both a fantastic traditional hardboiled crime novel but also a masterly portrayal of loneliness and sexual obsession The link to Isherwood is much than they are both written by openly gay men about openly gay men; Brandstetter is essentially George he is coming to terms with the death of his long term lover he has a possibly insufferable single female friend who has made it her duty to protect him whilst leaning on him for her own support and a job which provides him with the occasional simple pleasure The exploration of the depths of the human soul and its ability to triumph over loneliness alienation and loss are all contained in Hansen's sharp and economical writing only without the same depth applied by the genius of Isherwood But afterall this is a murder mystery and Hansen has an eye for the exactly relevant detail to include to remain faithful to his literary side without alienating the genre reader In twenty years you could say and do a lot you wish you hadn't In twenty years you could store up a lot of regrets And then when it was too late when there was no one left to say I'm sorry to I didn't mean it to you could stop sleeping for regret stop eating talking working for regret You could stop wanting to live You could want to die for regretIt was only remembering the good times that kept you from taking the knife from the kitchen drawer and holding it so tightly in your fist on the bed naked to no purpose except that that was how you came into the world and how your best moments in the world had been spent holding it so roll onto the blade slowly so that it slid like love between your ribs and into that stupidly pumping muscle in your chest that kept you regretting Great reference is made to Ross MacDonald by people reviewing or discussing this book and I can certainly see where they are coming from in terms of plot and even spare fast paced writing style Hansen's first Brandstetter novel is however a much uniue and pleasurable reading experience than the early Lew Archer novels at least Of course by the time of this debut outing for Brandstetter Ross MacDonald had given us fifteen Archer novels and so the comparison is admittedly a little weak or naive What is certain however is that Hansen deserves recognition from hardboiled fans not because he broke down walls in the perception of gay society but because he was a damned fine writer of the genre

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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 s and s California the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place with mys. First gay mystery I ever read; Hansen became the writer I compare all other GLBT mystery writers to usually unfavorably

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Fadeout Author Joseph Hans'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. Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews “Do you know these lines Madge The weight of the world is love Under the burden of solitude under the burden of dissatisfaction the weight the weight we carry is love” It was a real pleasure getting to know Dave Brandstetter Though this series has been on my radar for a while knowing this first book was published in 1970 put me off reading Many of the stories I’ve read from the 70’s and 80’s featuring gay characters have ended tragically or portrayed their lives unfairly Dave Brandstetter is an insurance investigator working for his father’s company and investigating the death of entertainer Fox Olson He’s also grieving the loss of his longtime partner Rod who died of cancer As the case unfolds we also get a glimpse of Dave’s life with Rod his relationship with his father and his dedication to his job as he attempts to solve a complicated case Unfortunately an insurance claim cannot be paid out until a body is found As Dave spends time interviewing the Olson family members and gathering evidence he comes to the conclusion that Fox is still alive Joseph Hansen’s writing is terse and to the point Though it’s not a style that will appeal to every reader it works well with this story giving it a realistic and unsentimental feel The short sentences helped move the story along at a brisk pace yet there was enough substance to make me feel very deeply for the characters There is an undercurrent of sadness throughout that didn’t move me to tears but left me with a very heavy depressed feeling “It was only remembering the good times that kept you from taking the knife from the kitchen drawer and holding it so tightly in your fist on the bed naked to no purpose except that that was how you came into the world and how your best moments in the world had been spent – holding it so roll onto the blade slowly so that it slid like love between your ribs and into that stupidly pumping muscle in your chest that kept you regretting” Dave Brandstetter is a wonderfully refreshing character I very much look forward to accompanying him on new cases and hope he finds love again