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Bohannon's Women (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – June, 2002

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Is it possible to hit one out of the park gently, gracefully, with almost tender, devoted finesse? If stories were baseballs, Hansen would do it every time. With spare, effortless strokes, he limns his characters, allowing them room to catch and hold our full attention with a small, understated gesture, a look, a murmured non sequitur. And what characters: horse rancher Hack Bohannon, until 15 years ago a deputy of Phil Gerard; and Gerard, now a police lieutenant in southern California's canyon country, redolent of sage and eucalyptus. Although Bohannon is stabling a dozen horses, usually without benefit of reliable stable hands, he has kept his private investigator's license and often finds himself neck-deep in cases, sometimes working for the district attorney, sometimes for the public defender, and sometimes for private individuals. And hooray for him! He eats ham and eggs and buttered toast for breakfast, drinks high-octane black coffee and whiskey, and smokes so much that he wheezes up inclines that 80-year-old medical examiner Belle Hesseltine scales breathing easy. This appealing central figure and Hansen's sure, deft hand with both exterior and interior landscapes leave readers wishing for more. So dig up Bohannon's Country (1993) for them. Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786241772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786241774
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,786,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By spiderorchid on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the last of the three "Bohannon"-Books, collections of short stories about private investigator / rancher Hack Bohannon. In my opinnion it's the best of the three. The stories have more dynamic than the earlier ones and the author finally settled on concentrating on the crime and not reflecting so much about his heroe's doomed marriage. There's suspense and humour and Hansen shows once more that he knows how to create a psychologically believeable character with only a few words. "Bohannon's Women" is a collection of his last and probably some of his best stories.


"Storm Damage"
Told from the perspective of a teenaged boy who arrives home one day to discover the body of his stepfather - who's obviously been murdered. Suspecting either his mother, his father or his grandmother of the crime, the boy is torn between fear, guild and his attempts to prevent the local police from solving the case.

"Widower's Walk"
An interesting study about prejudices and small-town society. A wealthy man is found murdered in the wilderness and everyone but Bohannon suspects the town's regular troublemaker, a Vietnam veteran.

A variation of the classic story about the priest who knows the murderer but isn't allowed to say so. It gets interesting when said priest knows also a private investigator...

A disturbing story about a group of "survivalists" who live secretely in the woods and are planing to get rid of everybody they think of as "un-american" - meaning Jews, colored people, non-christian people and democracy in general. The focus of this story isn't a murder case but Bohannon's fate when he stumbles into this group's camp by accident.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KDMask VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first book by Joseph Hansen I've read and I picked it up because it had several mystery stories I could dip into when I wanted. Much like an Ellery Queen "Mystery Magazine" these are stories to be read in short bursts. I really liked the character of "Bohannon" and his daughters. The tales themselves were rich and good fun, with a cast of characters that you don't long forget. Each story picks up on the cast of regulars and adds them into the next. They mysteries themselves weren't too difficult to "solve" and I wish a few were a little less obvious, but all in all I really enjoyed the book. I'll be picking up his other short story collections as well.
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