RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Joseph Hansen

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 27 Nov 2004

Jim, I completely agree with your praise for Joseph Hansen's Dave Brandstetter novels. They were excellent PI novels, period. Brandstetter came across to me as a very human character as Hansen did such a good job with his personal life and the various boyfriends who came went in the series. I also enjoyed his series featuring ex- sheriff Hack Bohannon.

Checking just now I see he was 81 in July. He wasn't, IIRC, a regular at mystery conventions although I met him once at one of the California Bouchercons a decade or so ago. I am sorry to hear of his death.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, JIM DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@y...> wrote:
> I just heard that Joseph Hansen passed away.
> Very few people since Hammett and Chandler and have
> brought something truly new to the hard-boiled PI
> story, but Hansen is certainly one of those few.
> His novels and stories about gay insurance detective
> Dave Brandstetter were praised for being
> ground-breaking, but, aside from that, they were just
> damned good PI stories. Well-written,
> well-characterized, well-plotted.
> He'll be missed.
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