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- File Size: 1118 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books (25 Sept. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J379FNE
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #940,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Obedience (Dave Brandstetter) Kindle Edition
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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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I love gay mysteries and romances, and this has been one of the best series combining both, and in the process rightfully became for Joseph Hansen a classic in gay literature. After only a slight lull with the last couple books (but still good), this tenth in the series was just as good as the earlier high-quality ones and continued to build the story.
I liked this for the same reasons I liked each in the series. First off, for those interested, it worked well as a standalone, with its own self-contained mystery, while also further developing the character and life of the MC, his boyfriend and other supporting characters, and smoothly providing any explanations needed to bring a first-time reader up on previous happenings.
Also, it was a nice, short, easy read, with a good, well-paced plot and character development. I enjoyed the walk back in time to my earlier years, with moments of what was then current situations and culture vividly described by Hansen in a way that helped me remember those times. And I liked that the main focus was on the mystery, with the gay aspect and any romance as a major subplot. The mystery itself was engaging and suspenseful, with the investigation having realistic twists and turns. It had a refreshing approach of not featuring your typical detective or PI but an insurance investigator pursuing the clues. I liked Hansen again taking us into a subculture of LA, in this case the Vietnamese, doing a credible job of depicting its culture and its mantra of "obedience." The southern California environs are depicted vividly as well. And I certainly enjoyed the build up of tension, from the racism and the marina to the dangers in the Vietnamese hood.
Hansen also developed nicely the whole set of characters. Of course there was more on the MC, with Hansen really getting into the life and mindset of a hard-boiled, matter-of-fact, honorable, self-accepting, sometimes melancholy gay man who I grew to like for all his skills, heart and humanness. As for the supporting cast, I also got a good feel for who they were, with some new ones to keep things fresh. For those who read the previous books, it was nice that some characters returned; but don't worry first-time readers, they were introduced and described just as if it’s a standalone. A nice bonus has been the MC’s gay life and relationships, and I continued to appreciate the interracial, intergenerational diversity as yet another nice Hansen touch. In this one, I also liked that now sharing center stage with the relationships is the realistic and sympathetic view of someone aging in his life and profession.
I continue to be impressed with the level of quality that Hansen maintains in this series, and I look forward to the next one.
Bottom line: not worth the time for even the most devote Joseph Hansen fan. Not recommended.
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