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By (author) Joseph Hansen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Gay Men's Press
Published: 19th Feb 1987
Dimensions: w 140mm h 200mm
ISBN-10: 085449054X
ISBN-13: 9780854490547
Barcode No: 9780854490547

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Deservedly acclaimed for his matter-of-fact treatment of homosexuality in the Dave Brandstetter mysteries, Hansen here takes a far more clumsy approach - as a teenager investigates his long-lost father's murder . . . and ever-so-predictably discovers his own homosexual identity. This narrator-hero is smart-alecky kid Alan Tart, who hitch-hikes to his actor-father's funeral in L.A. (his parents broke up years ago), soon learning: a) his dad was homosexual, and b) he died in a suspicious fall, So Alan starts asking questions, talking to agents and lovers. He also gets raped - by his new girlfriend's boyfriend. And eventually Alan both unmasks the killer and has sex with him - before winding up in the hospital and finding truer love with a doting black orderly. A few crisp vignettes in the better Hansen style - but the mystery is nearly nonexistent, Alan is unpleasant company, and the sexual material is both didactic and gushy, often verging on the pornographic. For most Hansen fans, then: beware. (Kirkus Reviews)