Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Joseph Hansen

Date: 28 Nov 2004

Bill C wrote:

"I read all the Brandstetter books and got several of my copies signed at a Bouchercon some years ago. The only quibble I have with the series is that in several of the books the crime scene seems to have been visited by most of the population of the city just around the time of the murder."

As I remember them, I'd say that statement applies to most of the books in the series. Every suspect had passed through the crime scene and it is up to Brandstetter to separate those who were there before the death from those after, finally leaving the killer, who was there at the moment of death. It became such a formula, that I kind of got the feeling near the end of the series that Hansen had an element of parody in his plotting. But never in his characterization. And that's really what made these so great books. And why they should be read in order.

I didn't start with the first because I couldn't find the first few when I first read him. However, when I later found them, I read them in order, including the few I'd already read. And I got a lot more out of them.

Hey, Bill D, why not honor the dead and follow Ross Thomas month with Joseph Hansen?


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