Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Joseph Hansen

From: Susan Evans Shaw (
Date: 28 Nov 2004

I can't pick a particular favourite now. It's been a while. And yes, they should be read in order because there are threads that continue from one novel to the next. As a matter of fact, my editions are numbered right after the title.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Ed Lynskey
  Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 12:21 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Joseph Hansen

  To follow up, which of the Brandstetter titles are the best in
  the PI series? Should they be read in order?

  Ed Lynskey

  --- Susan Evans Shaw <> wrote:

> I too am saddened to read about the passing of Joseph Hansen.
> I vividly remember the special atmosphere of each of his
> Brandstetter novels although I haven't gone back to them in
> many years. Hack Bohannon I never heard about. Are they still
> in print?
> Susan Evans Shaw
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Richard Moore
> To:
> Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 10:04 PM
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Joseph Hansen
> 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
> <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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