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Joseph Hansen
[July 19, 1923 - November 24, 2005]

Profile created 2003
Dave Brandstetter Series
(A contentedly gay, ruggedly handsome death-claims investigator in Los Angeles, California.)
  1. Fadeout (1972)
    When entertainer Fox Olson's car plunges off a bridge in a storm, a death claim is filed, but where is Olson's body? As Brandstetter questions family, fans, and detractors, he grows certain Olson is still alive and that Dave must find him before the would-be killer does. Suspenseful and wry, shrewd and deeply felt, Fadeout remains as fresh today as when it startled readers more than thirty years ago.

  2. Death Claims (1973)
    When John Oats's body is found washed up on a beach, his young lover April Stannard is sure it was no accident. Brandstetter agrees: Oats's college-age son, the beneficiary of the life insurance policy, has gone missing.

  3. Troublemaker (1975)
    Dave investigates the murder of the owner of a local gay bar. Appearances suggest that the only witness is also the killer, but he swears he's innocent. Trouble is, he may be telling the truth.

  4. The Man Everybody Was Afraid of (1978)

  5. Skinflick(1979)

  6. A Smile in His Lifetime (1981)

  7. Gravedigger (1982)

  8. Job's Year (1983)

  9. Nightwork (1984)

  10. The Little Dog Laughed (1986)

  11. Early Graves (1987)

  12. Obedience (1989) -- Finalist, 1988 Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror)

  13. The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning (1991) (Gay Men's)

  14. A Country of Old Men (Winner of the 1991 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery)
    The Last Dave Brandstetter Mystery

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