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Obedience (Dave Brandstetter)

Obedience (Dave Brandstetter) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Hansen
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'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 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 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 947 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J379FNE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joseph Hansen wrote over twenty novels in total including the renowned series of twelve Dave Brandstetter P.I. novels. He passed away on 24th November 2004 following a long illness.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No 10 of the Brandstetter mysteries 19 Jan. 2009
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
When Mr Le, the Vietnamese owner of a rundown harbour complex is found dead the police arrest the self appointed spokesman for the resident houseboat owners. He had an appointment with Mr Le in a bid to dissuade him from selling the harbour to developers and so making the residents homeless. Into his sixties and retired, the still trim and dapper Dave Brandstetter, private investigator an insurance claims investigator, now famous and acknowledged the best in the business, is persuaded to look into the case by the local Public Defender to prove the imprisoned suspect's innocence.

While reluctant to take on the assignment, he is intrigued, as much because his lover, the black twenty five year old tall, slim and good looking Cecil Harris, TV reporter, is covering the harbour development story. Dave soon finds himself involved in much more than a single murder investigation. As he starts asking questions he discovers more potential murders, and more happen while he investigates, he suspects a drug smuggling connection along with double-dealing employees and officials. But the powerful Vietnamese community makes his investigation not only difficult but extremely dangerous.

Obedience, the tenth of the Brandstetter mysteries is yet another complex, inventive and unpredictable story, plenty of detail, interesting characters, including a young black entertainer who nearly has Cecil face down in a bunk, and the occasional link to past investigations. But above all it is Dave and Cecil, and their mutually devotion, that now makes these stories so appealing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still love these books 9 Dec. 2013
By Sirius - Published on
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So I finally made it to the tenth book of these series. I was reading these books very slowly, because they were so good and not planning to read the last two soon. I do not agree with another reviewer that this is the worst book of the series of course, but this was actually the first book where I had to pay a little more attention than usual because the writing felt a little dense. But it all paid off for me, the motivations of all the parties came together, the foreshadowing was there, and red herrings were there too. And I always love Dave and Cecil together, so four solid stars from me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a very weak effort by Joseph Hansen 1 Dec. 2012
By lazza - Published on
Okay, I admit I am a fan of Joseph Hansen's Dave Brandstetter mystery series. The author does a great job in projecting a gritty feel to L.A., and I'm normally quite entertained with the mysteries our insurance investigator hero (Brandstetter) is asked to solve. However I found 'Obedience' to be very disappointing. The wharf-side shenanigans involving Vietnamese thugs were very confusing. The author threw in too many characters to keep track of, and there was too much dialog and too little action. This is by far the worst Hansen novel I've read.

Bottom line: not worth the time for even the most devote Joseph Hansen fan. Not recommended.
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