Pretty Boy Dead None

  • Title: Pretty Boy Dead
  • Author: Joseph Hansen
  • ISBN: 9780917342486
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2019-06-27T18:12:35+00:00

    About “Joseph Hansen

    1. Joseph Hansen says:

      Joseph Hansen 1923 2004 was an American author of mysteries The son of a South Dakota shoemaker, he moved to a California citrus farm with his family in 1936 He began publishing poetry in the New Yorker in the 1950s, and joined the editorial teams of gay magazines ONE and Tangents in the 1960s Using the pseudonyms Rose Brock and James Colton, Hansen published five novels and a collection of short stories before the appearance of Fadeout 1970 , the first novel published under his own name.The book introduced street smart insurance investigator Dave Brandstetter, a complex, openly gay hero who grew and changed over the series s twelve novels By the time Hansen concluded the series with A Country of Old Men 1990 , Brandstetter was older, melancholy, and ready for retirement The 1992 recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America s Lifetime Achievement Award, Hansen published several novels before his death in 2004.



    2 thoughts on “Pretty Boy Dead

    1. Pretty Boy Dead was Joseph Hansen's very first mystery novel, first published in 1968 as Known Homosexual written under the name James Colton. Nine years later the book re-surfaced briefly as Stranger to Himself. It's a story about a young black man Steve who's in a major crossroads in his life. He is confused, miserable and really struggling when, to top it all, his lover is murdered and he becomes the main suspect.After reading Hansen's Dave Brandstetter series I didn't quite know what to expe [...]

    2. I was incredibly disappointed with the pacing in this book. The book begins with the main character being charged with murder, but then abruptly switches to reveal backstory for the majority of the novel. It isn't until chapter 23, out of 26 chapters that readers return to Steve's interrogation and the solving of this murder mystery begins. The revelation of each clue by Steve seems random and off balance. His sudden insight into human nature and jealousy in the final chapters seem unbelievable [...]

    3. Very early work by Hansen, writer of the David Brandstetter mystery series, originally published in 1968 under another title. Steve is a bisexual black man whose father is a prominent doctor who decides to run for office. Steve initially gets a young white girl pregnant, causing his family to shun him. He then writes a play that exposes some family secrets, causing his father to bring the law into their relationship. Then he falls in love with and moves in with a young white boy who is also an e [...]

    4. Originally published in 1968 as Known Homosexual, and in 1977 as Stranger to Himself; both probably under the pen name "James Colton"

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