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The Dream Ender (A Dick Hardesty Mystery #11)

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When rugged construction worker and biker Cal Hysong is killed, PI Dick Hardesty knows the reason-Cal was widely suspected of deliberately spreading AIDS to other gay men. Like the rest of the gay community, Dick's initial reaction is "good riddance." But when Jake Jacobson and Jared Martinson, two of his closest friends, become suspects, the case turns personal, and Dick ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Zumaya Publications Us (first published 2007)
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Someone is spreading vicious rumors that a member of a popular Levi/Leather bar, The Male Call, is purposely exposing patrons to AIDS, considered by some as both preposterous and callous. Outgoing PI Dick Hardesty is hired by the bar’s owner to investigate said rumors, convinced someone is out to ruin him and his business, but not believing someone would knowingly, intentionally infect someone with the HIV virus. The story takes place in the early 1980s when HIV/AIDS was in its infancy of knowle ...more
Even though I've had to skip some of the intervening books in Dorien Grey's Dick Hardesty mysteries and I miss much of the backstory, I find that I can pick up enough to continue reading. This doesn't normally happen, but I'm so eager to read each subsequent book that I have no intention of waiting on finding the next-in-line story.

The Dream Ender puts a human face on the AIDS tragedy--and sometimes that human face was that of a monster. Such is the premise of this latest of Dorien Grey's books
Detective Dick Hardesty is hired to investigate the source of a rumor about town linking the Male Call leather bar to the rampant spread of HIV among its patrons. When the believed culprit, Cal Hysong, is murdered, Dick’s friend, Jake (a former sex partner of the victim, who recently tested positive) is the prime suspect. Determined to vindicate Jake, Dick delves further into the leather bar scene and discovers Hysong’s death is the result of more than just gossip and unprotected sex.

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