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Gravedigger by Joseph Hansen
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Nov 13, 11

Read in November, 2011 — I own a copy

I happened upon this book this weekend at a used bookstore in Vancouver. Used books are so damned expensive there--this one was only three bucks! I liked the cheesy early-80s mass market cover and it had a nice snippet review from the New York Times Book Review on the back. Overall, it was a good read. The description on the back of the book makes no mention of it, so I was shocked and fascinated to discover that the protagonist Dave Brunstetter is an openly gay insurance claims investigator. As I've learned from Wikipedia today, it was kind of a groundbreaking series for hard boiled detective novels. Not what I was expecting from some random mass market paperback. Hansen does a great job writing dialogue and developing sympathetic characters, and the ending is a complete shocker. Well worth reading (it won't take you long) and also a nice little snapshot of early 1980s Southern California.
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