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Strachey's Folly (Donald Strachey #7)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Strachey's visit to a showing of the AIDS quilt in Washington, D.C. turns up a panel for a man ho is not dead...yetIn Washington, D.C. to view the AIDS quilt, gay P.I. Donald Strachey, his lover Timmy, and a friend discover a panel for an ex-lover of their friend. The trouble is that the ex-lover isn't dead. When their friend barely survives a vicious attack, Strachey conc ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press
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Joe Scholes
This was the 7th in the Donald Strachey gay detective series. As far as plot goes, this one is about as good as the previous ones, which is to say - light. One improvement is the change of scenery for this novel, which has its roots in Washington D.C. rather than Albany, NY. There is still a homophobic police officer involved, to give Strachey someone upon whom to practice his "bait and wit" routine. There are the usual contingent of colorful characters, although many of them exhibit a similar s ...more
I love Stevenson's author's notes to the ebooks in this series. We get a glimpse of his "looking back" thoughts on the times and on his choices as a writer. In Strachey's Folly, Donald and Timmy go to Washington and are caught up in a miasma of political and sexual intrigue. Towards the end of this tale, one of the characters describes Donald as "one of the smuggest men I have ever known." I'd have to say he's right on in this case, even though Strachey slightly redeems himself by being self-awa ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Jane rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jane by: fandom osmosis
Confusing plot is confusing. The set-up is nicely built and while I had no troubles following the how, I just didn't understand the why. What's the point? Also, Donald Strachey is not a very good detective, is he? To be so gullible, but I think that, the being not a very good detective, is a point to his favor. It's definitely a different Donald Strachey than what I'd imagined him to be, from what little I've seen him in the movie version, having skimmed through it (which, btw, I had this epipha ...more
Not quite four stars due to the author's bad habit of interrupting his narrative for a bout of politicking (not that I disagree with the author's politics, just its ungainly delivery; Don and Timothy often end up looking and sounding like spokespersons for ACT UP staging a sit in rather than just two gay guys caught up in a murder mystery which intersects institutional homophobia in Washington, D.C.). Otherwise, Stevenson once again excels at surrounding Don with a bevy of amusing, sympathetic a ...more
I would have given this book four stars, which is my normal rating for this series, except that the plot made me feel as if I were slogging through it instead of enjoying it. This isn't Richard Stevenson's fault, though. The plot has all the earmarks of the rest of the series - humor, convolutions, good characterizations - it's just that I don't enjoy conspiracies as much as I enjoy individual human follies.
The new MLR Press editions, at least the ebook versions, have a disappointing number of typographical problems, both minor and major.

Also, some of Don's actions in this particular book in the series stretch my suspension of disbelief some. (No spoilers, but I'm talking about his professional actions, not his personal ones.)
I've enjoyed the films based on the Strachey novels, although I can see they obviously made some changes for the screen version. The tale was interesting enough, but like too many others, Stevenson just seemed to rush the ending which leaves the reader a little unfulfilled.
Mar 12, 2012 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
He tried for epic and got, instead, 'wandered off the reservation.' The reading is good, I enjoyed the tale (really liked Strachey's reaction to how it played out) got away from him a bit. There were too many characters, and I started to care less about the main ones.
The most astonishing thing about this one is there is no murder, but Stevenson still manages to write an engrossing and engaging detective story.
Was strange. Didn't care for context all that much. Action was ok
Steven Kruger
Big fun. Just a good old mystery.
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Richard Stevenson is the pseudonym of Richard Lipez, the author of nine books, including the Don Strachey private eye series. The Strachey books are being filmed by here!, the first gay television network. Lipez also co-wrote Grand Scam with Peter Stein, and contributed to C
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