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The Hired Man (A Dick Hardesty Mystery #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Dick Hardesty, gay PI, is hired to protect the interests of a gay/bisexual escort service when a client is murdered. This is a mystery novel that makes bisexuality an issue in solving a crime.
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by GLB Publishers
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Ulysses Dietz
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The Hired Man (Dick Hardesty Mystery #4)
By Dorien Grey
3 stars

I’ve been reading these in order, but have peeked at reviews of a few of the later books in the series. So far, I liked this least of the four. But, as I always remind myself: just because I didn’t like it, that doesn’t mean it’s not good. I realize that much of what didn’t grab me about this book – in some ways about the series – is closely tied to who I am as a gay man.

The only comparison I can really make with this series is to Jos
Sharon Cox
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this you need to know that I love all things Dorien Grey. I have all of his books as paperbacks and also as e-books where available. Finally, I am now adding audio books to my collection.
I love Dorien's stories. They are well thought out and well written. Usually, when reading a mystery or a murder etc I can pick the culprit early on but not in Dorien's books. I usually have to wait until the end to know whodunnit but, when I look back over the book, I find that all the clues were
Katherine Trick
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful chapter in the saga of private investigator Dick Hardesty. His latest case leads on a journey thru the world of high priced "men for hire" in the gay and bisexual community. What I really enjoy about Mr. Grey's writing is that he presents each of these characters to us as a person who just happens to have a little less than ordinary job. We get to see them as real people with real emotions and real lives. You develop a real empathy for most of them as the story progresses.
In his 4th detective novel, Dick Hardesty comes up against a web of lies, of half truths and betrayal. Dick is still controlled by his hormones and makes a few new friends along the way, meets old ones again and some of his friends meet for the first time and connect. The story is adequate and keeps your reading. I just hope Hardesty gets out of his hormone phase soon.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Lol. This book is just....
Just read it.
You'll find out.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
This is for the new Audio version:

This is the very first audio book that I have listened to and I must say it was both a surprising and satisfying adventure.

I had previously read this mystery in its text form but listening to it was like experiencing it for the first time all over again. Granted, it had been a while and a few details had been pocketed away in my brain to make room for fresh data and only remembered as they were encountered once again, but that allowed for meeting the story head
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This in an intriguing Dick Hardesty mystery and the 4th in the series.Dick is hired to do background investigation for an out of town businessman (based on a mutual friend) the friend turns out to be Phil/Tex. Phil was a hustler who Dick he a really hot sexual encounter with (and he didn't pay) a while ago and now Phil is a high paid model/ male escort working for ModelMen.Dick is grateful for the job and especially reconnecting with Phil. What should be an easy assignment turns into a murder in ...more
Adam Dunn
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I need a little break from this series.
This fourth book is the longest one so far and it could use an editor. Nothing happens really and there is a lot of dancing around suspects and motives that gets tiresome. Add into this Dick sleeping with everyone he meets and it becomes unrealistic as well.
I don't really understand how he solved the crime, the book is too full of his crotch talking to him, I'm guessing this happens more than 20 times. Less implied sex, more implied murder please.
Dick needs
Kathleen Hagen
The Hired Man, by Dorien Grey, a-minus, Narrated by Jeff Frez-Albrecht, produced by Dorien Grey, downloaded from

In this, the fourth in the series which I read out of sequence, Dick Hardesty left the public relations business and has opened a private eye firm. He is hired to determine why a gay man was murdered. In fact, this plot becomes even more complicated as one of the possible murderers is bisexual, and does that enter in? Complicated plot but very good.

Eric L Aust
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery love the ending

Dorian Grey did it again the best stories and plots and always a twist. Well worth the read. He has moved up to the top of gay mystery writers and the only one with a plot that is unique and not always a bad guy who is from the right or the church
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, bought
These Dick Hardesty AudioBooks just keep getting better and better. What a twist! I think I have enjoyed this episode the best of the series so far.
Sep 11, 2008 marked it as to-read
february 8th, 2011 another one i have no idea where it is.
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