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Obedience: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery Hardcover – November 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr; First Edition edition (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892962968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892962969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Some of L.A.'s sleaziest characters come to life on the pages of Hansen's taut novel, where Dave Brandstetter makes his 10th appearance as a now-aging private-eye. With a few tricks still in his bag, Brandstetter proves a formidable investigator whose reputation is enhanced by a Time magazine interview. This accolade to his credit, the public defenders' office hires him to probe the murder of a prominent Vietnamese businessman and clear their client, Andy Flanagan, a suspect in the killing. During the investigation, he stumbles onto two more murders in the Vietnamese community, linking them to a startling drug smuggling discovery in the dead importer's waterfront warehouse. Brandstetter's relationship with Cecil Harris, his housemate from Early Grave (1987) continues, this aspect of the story handled with intelligence and sensitivity. The mystery, though contrived, is fast-paced and literate, while revealing little-known facts about Indo-Chinese lifestyles in America. Hansen readers should delight in this latest caper.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Hansen continues his well-established Brandstetter series with Dave, a straight-acting, well-accepted gay, on the verge of retirement. Out of deference to a friend, however, he takes on one more case. Vietnamese investor Le Van Minh, owner of the Old Fleet Marina, has just sold it, which means the boat people living there must leave. Dave, who rejects this as motivation for Le's subsequent murder, quickly uncovers evidence of drug smuggling. California settings with an East Asian twist, crisp prose, increasing tension, and a satisfying conclusion add to the excitement. Recommended. REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
Dave Brandstetter, the insurance claims investigator who is the protagonist in Joseph Hansen's excellent series, is feeling his age. He's been threatening to retire for a while now and at the opening of this book, he officially pulls the plug. Dave sends letters to all of the insurance companies for which he has been a claims investigator announcing that he is calling it quits, much to the delight and relief of his lover, Cecil.

Unhappily for Cecil but happily for the reader, Dave's retirement lasts all of about two pages until a sympathetic young public defender comes begging for his help. A prominent Vietnamese businessman has been murdered. The victim owned an aging marina and was in the process of selling it to developers. The marina was basically the last stop for a group of aging boaters who live there on their even more dilapidated boats. Once the marina is sold, they will be kicked out with nowhere to go.

The marina residents have been protesting the sale and the group's spokesman, a particularly unpleasant man, has been arrested and charged with the murder. The young woman representing him believes that his is innocent and lays a guilt trip on Dave, claiming that he is the only one who can save her client.

Dave agrees to look into the case, which takes him into the heart of L.A.'s tightly knit and very secretive Vietnamese community. (The book is set in the late 1980s, when many Vietnamese had just moved to California in the wake of the fall of Saigon.) Dave uncovers a number of secrets that powerful people would like to protect and inevitably puts himself in grave danger.
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