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Death of a Dying Man (Micky Knight #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  335 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Micky Knight just had to get into a butch contest with the journalist partner of a famous doctor working with her lover, Cordelia James, to prove that the skills of a reporter are of no use to a P.I.. Now she's stuck with a drop-dead gorgeous assistant and the case of a dying gay man looking for a child he might have fathered.
Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by Bold Strokes Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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May 10, 2012 Alix rated it it was ok
As I clicked the rating for this book, I found myself sighing, "But maybe it's not you; it's me."

As a longtime Micky Knight fan, I'm conflicted about the book. I don't know if her writing is the same and I am a different reader, or vice versa. After a decade away from reading lesbian fiction (of which Redmann's books were always the among the best) I think I don't have the patience for many of the mainstays. I'm not especially interested in the drama that can surround gay male culture or messy
Jun 18, 2009 Alena rated it it was amazing
Can I just say how glad I am that Micky Knight is back? Not very far in yet but already enjoying it.

I remember way, way back when the first in the series was published in Germany the press who published it added letters of discussion they had amongst themselves of whether they should publish a lesbian book with such an 'unfeminist' character. Seems like a very long time ago, a very different time.

How much do I love the new J.M. Redmann? Let me count the ways... ;)

Excellent novel, both in terms o
Elaine Burnes
Jan 02, 2012 Elaine Burnes rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian, mystery
This one seemed lacking. Maybe it was because Micky Knight, now sober and in a long-term relationship, had become too normal. Or maybe it was because the mystery revolved around a lot of gay men, the least interesting form of human for me. The mystery also required almost no action and a lot of talking. Yawn. Then Micky's personal life takes a significant, albeit almost unbelievable, hit and Hurricane Katrina arrives. Things do juice up nicely, but unfortunately Micky experiences most things ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Kennedy rated it really liked it
It is not an easy read, heavy with memories of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, there are issues related to infidelity, drugs, haves and have nots. Although I do not like the direction of Mickey and Cordelia relationship, I understand that life happens and people are unpredictable therefore you never know what to expect. So, with hesitancy, I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Mar 03, 2014 Justina rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, mystery
This fifth book in the Micky Knight series not only has an intriguing yet heartbreaking mystery, more than half of the story unfolds as Hurricane Katrina barrels through New Orleans and the horrendous days that followed. Additionally, Micky's personal life is dealt a devastating blow. However, she attempts to stay focused on the last wishes of her client and along with the assistance of a plucky reporter who is helping Micky with the necessary grunt work that comes with detecting, they stay as ...more
May 26, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy dark noir, lesbian romantic suspense
Book Info: Genre: Detective/Lesbian Noir Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of book 7 in this series in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the rest of the books in the series myself, so am under no particular obligation, but am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: New Orleans PI Micky Knight just had to get into a butch pissing contest with the journalist partner of a famous doctor working with her lover, Cordelia James. Micky's insistence that the skills of a
I already noticed when I was reading through the third book that the series as the whole has slowly begun to take a different course. But while I'm not fond of it, somehow the series has and still does manage to keep the atmosphere and the feeling of the first two books, or at least a part of it.

The big issue for me is to get over Micky aging so fast and over the time vacuum between the individual books. But while I don't like it I can understand it. I realize that the first book was published m
Nicky Reed
Aug 17, 2012 Nicky Reed rated it liked it
I've really enjoyed the Micky Knight series and was looking forward to this one. The beginning left me wondering if the anticipation was to go sadly unrewarded: it begins with Micky engaging in a butch pissing contest which, for me, marks her character and relationship as rather unpleasantly macho rather than engagingly edgy which both have been in the past.
Hurrah! We get past this. Micky gets to work - on her relationships, her case and the elemental chaos about to create the biggest heave-ho a
Jul 17, 2012 PJ rated it it was amazing
I am a long time fan of JM Redmann and the Micky Knight series of novels.

Without giving away any plot points, I can honestly say this book is one of the best novels of that excellent series.

Micky Knight is a complex and real character, with a wonderful and realized inner dialog, and this novel takes her into new depths and emotions.

It's not an easy read, heavy with dark overtones of Hurricane Katrina.

There are major incidents and life changing events in play during "Death Of A Dying Man" and non
Apr 10, 2014 Kylie rated it did not like it
I have liked this author's past mysteries but this one totally turned me off. Her detective, Micky Knight, has become thoroughly obnoxious. Maybe she always was and I didn't notice? Maybe she has not aged well? Anyway, characters like her remind me that it is possible for lesbians to be just as misogynistic and sexist as men. As to the mystery itself...very derivative. As if she is trying to rewrite "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" only without the atmosphere and charm. I did not make ...more
Aug 07, 2009 Gill rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, month-08
Wow. Micky Knight's return was worth waiting for.

Set before, during, and after the calamity of Hurricane Katrina, Redmann conveys the dislocation of New Orleans and its inhabitants. Micky spends almost all of the book separated from her partner and her friends. It's raw and powerful in parts, while at others you just want to slap both Micky and Cordelia upside the head!

Redmann has said: "...given what happened to New Orleans from the failed levees, I felt I had to write a book that reflected, ev
Mar 28, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, gay, detective
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Jul 05, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, mystery
This one didn't suck me in and compel me to read it as much as others in the series. Perhaps I prefer happier endings.
The parallel between the natural disaster and Micky's personal life was nice, but did make for a more somber book.
Jun 04, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Redmann writes a good mystery with strong characters and a like-able lesbian lead character. I enjoyed this one somewhat less than her earlier works, but it is still a great book. I look forward to reading more Micky Knight adventures in the future.
Aug 09, 2011 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book,just as I have the other books by JM Redmann. Clever the way Hurricane Katrina was written in.
Sep 08, 2012 Silverblue rated it it was ok
I wonder why I waste time on books like this one. Perhaps I expected it would pick up towards the end? All blah blah.
Devastating chain of events turns Micky's world upside down... Guilt loss and trust sends her back to old habits. This is an exceptionally good read in the Micky Knight series Book #5
I had a bit of trouble getting into the story line which felt somewhat tired...guess I read to much similar work in my youth!
Aug 25, 2011 Ulla rated it it was amazing
I'm a big Micky Knight fan, love all the books in the series, and on second reading I'd say "Death of a Dying Man" is the best . . . so far!
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Also writes under the pseudonym R. Jean Reid.

Jean Marie Redmann is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight.

Main themes of Redmann's novels are the protagonist's troubled childhood and how it affects her adult life, discrimination based on sexual orientation and alcoholism. Her novels follow the tradition of hardboiled fiction.
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  • Deaths of Jocasta (Micky Knight, #2)
  • The Intersection of Law and Desire (Micky Knight, #3)
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“All the rainbow banners were still there; the storm [Katrina] had left them intact. Interesting that the gay and bawdy sections of town were the parts least damaged, since some of the so-called religious people were claiming this to be God's punishment for our sinful ways. Perhaps they believed in a god of poor planning.” 3 likes
“All right, I thought, as one long-winded winner ("And I'd like to thanks my parakeet and his veterinarian...") finally exited” 1 likes
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