Fadeout by Joseph Hansen

In 1972 Hansen wrote the first of what would be 12 classic mystery novels featuring Dave Brandstetter, an open, content and very gay tough-guy. And if you happened to have missed the chance 40 years ago to read these wonderful books, you’re lucky enough to have another chance as they have been re-released.

fadeoutDave is an insurance company investigator looking into false claims. His life partner of 20 years has just died, and Dave is learning to live again. Of course, these are noir reads – but the prose is so clear and delightful that you will forget the darkness and see the charm of our hero.

In Fadeout, a popular singer’s car goes off a narrow bridge in a storm and Dave investigates a death claim – but where is the body? As Dave questions friends and fans, he grows certain that the singer is alive, though a killer is also looking for him.

The key to Hansen’s popularity lies with his prose. These are short books, really novellas. But from the first page you are absorbed in the shrewd and deeply felt writing.

“When I sat down to write Fadeout in 1967, I wanted to write a good, compelling whodunit,” said Hansen. “But I also wanted to right some wrongs. Almost all the things folks say about homosexuals is false. So I had some fun turning clichés and stereotypes on their heads in that book.” Over 40 years later everything Hansen writes is still compelling and revealing.

My rating: 5 of 5

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2 thoughts on “Fadeout by Joseph Hansen

  1. Patty Armstrong December 10, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    3 of his later books in our city library. Just ordered a “Very Good” condition used copy from Amazon. Thanks for the referral.

    Patty Armstrong

    Santa Fe, NM

    Do I not destroy my enemies

    when I make them my friends?

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    • Pam December 10, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      I am re-reading them from the first! There are still as wonderful as I remembered them. Enjoy!

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