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Bourbon Street Blues Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Bourbon Street Blues introduces Dick Dansoir, personal trainer and occasional go-go dancer at the boys' bars in the Big Easy. He is irresistible, especially for a guy whose real name is Milton "Scotty" Bradley. Of course, he keeps in shape, which helps as the book's wrong-man-in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time plot unfolds. A friend and client turns up shot, execution style, in front of his place. Add a mysterious computer disk found in his dancing boot, an attempted mugging, an eerily attractive stranger who claims to be FBI, and his home being trashed by a Molotov cocktail--and a gorgeous go-go boy just must get help. He turns to his attorney brother, Storm (his sister is Rain), for advice, then risks everything by assisting the Feds in preventing the destruction of New Orleans, a horror Scotty has foreseen in visions (forgot to tell you: he is "gifted" with sporadic psychic powers, too). Dashing Dick saves the day, natch, and who could ask for anything more? Thoroughly engaging in every way. Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075820213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758202130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Bourbon Street Blues is the second book by Greg Herren and the first of what appears to be a series featuring amateur sleuth Scotty Bradley. Scott, who was given the name Milton by his hippy parents (say his first and last name and you'll understand why he chose to go by Scott), is a personal trainer and sometimes go-go boy. He lives in New Orleans where anything can happen and usually does. He rents an apartment from his lesbian aunts and has a great relationship with his Proud-to-have-a-gay-son parents.
It's Decadence (sometimes referred to as the gay Mardi Gras) in the Big Easy, and Scotty is having a great time. That is, until a former client who vanished a year ago reappears and asks Scott if he can hide at his apartment. "They're after me," he tells Scott at the club where Scott is dancing. Scott thinks his old friend is on drugs and decides to ignore him, but when he gets home, he finds a mysterious computer disk has been slipped into his boot along with his tips for the night. Technophobe Scott doesn't have a computer, so he heads out in the wee hours of the morning to use his friend's computer. When his friend turns out to be unavailable, he returns home to find an acquaintance dead on his doorstep.
Scott suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot to destroy New Orleans, a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah according to an extreme right wing gubernatorial candidate. It's up to Scott, his friends, and Frank Sobieski, the sexy FBI agent, to prevent the murder of thousands of people.
Author Greg Herren has created likeable characters that show a lot of promise. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't really live up to that promise.
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By A Customer on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Though some of the visuals were fun, overall I found the writing so flat and the plotline so hackneyed that I didn't even finish the book. Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I don't want to read good writing. I was very disappointed in this book.
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He's every gay man's dream, he's irresistible, he's hot, he's sexy, he's good-looking & muscular, a personal trainer, and a part-time go-go boy. And on top of all that, he has psychic powers that reveal to him visions of some horrible events to come. He goes by the name of Dick Dansoir, but his real name is "Scotty" Bradley. He's a native of New Orleans, where the biggest circuit party, "Southern Decadence", is about to begin. This is the time for Scotty to shine, dance, cruise and be admired. Scotty is going to find out his life is about to change dramatically and it's going to be one unforgettable bumpy ride.
Hold on to your hats! This is a new mystery that you are going to really enjoy. There's one event after another that will keep you flipping the pages so fast you'll get paper cuts. Why has one of Scotty's best clients been shot execution style? Why has an old friend who had disappeared unexpectedly reappeared? What does the discovery of a mystery computer disk mean? And why are corrupt public officials interested in Scotty? Could this good-looking FBI agent be a new love interest for Scotty? And why has this sexy cat burglar sparked an erotic desire in Scotty? There is so much more as the plot gets deeper and deeper in this story. We get an exciting tour of gay life in the French Quarter and a view of its many fascinating characters. The story reaches an exciting climax, and you will find yourself eagerly awaiting the next installment in this new mystery series.

I know I am hooked on this talented author's debut mystery writing. The characters are vividly described and developed so well, you will feel you personally know them. Greg Herren has done a great job in introducing us to his delightful and exciting world of New Orleans, and he now has his work cut out for him. So DON"T STOP NOW, Greg! We Want More! Be sure you DON'T Miss This One!
Joe Hanssen
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Format: Hardcover
Good sleazy fun in nothing to be ashamed of. What else could readers require from a gay thriller? Spiced with torrid sex, violent conspiracies, male-strippers, murder and still more torrid sex, Bourbon Street Blues certainly doesn't lack flavor. Okay, so maybe it's not for the more sensitive literary palate. After all, the main character's name is Dick Dansoir. No, really. At least, he calls himself that professionally. "Dick" is an exotic dancer and personal trainer in New Orleans. He's also quite the heartthrob.

Possibly "heart" is the wrong word.

In this second of his mysteries to be set in New Orleans, Greg Herren again demonstrates an eye for the amusing detail and an ear for dialogue: the book hops from bars and circuit parties to assorted other hectic aspects of queer nightlife in the French Quarter. Mysterious strangers lurk in the sweltering nights alongside vicious thugs, evil politicians and the ubiquitous tourists. (As Dick often remarks, "It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.") There's a gorgeous guy who turns out to be a federal agent - or so he claims. There's even an African-American detective whose name is described as Venus Casanova. (Shades of Pharaoh Love!) The pacing is furious, and the text offers more frequent use of the word "hottie" than may have ever occurred in one place before. "Dick," well, Scotty really, or actually Milton (long story), spends a lot of time pumping up, admiring his muscles, shaving his chest and other things. Narcissism may not be the worst sin imaginable, but it's no particular accomplishment. Still, Dick/Scotty/Milton is so good-natured and likeable that it's hard to object much. He drinks, gets stoned, gets laid a lot. Everybody has a summer like this in them. Some lucky bastards make it last.
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