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Shock to the System (Donald Strachey #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  268 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Donald Strachey is asked to investigate the suspicious death of Paul Haig by three different people-Haig's homophobic mother, his ex-lover, and the psychiatrist hired to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Just as he gets started, however, all three remove him from the case, leaving Strachey with a brutal murderer that now everyone wants left alone.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Harrington Park Press (first published 1995)
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4,5 GOOOOOOD stars!

I think, it's my favorite sequel until now. I have EVERYTHING I needed:

* A tricky case => an interesting mystery

* A big mouth Don full of ideas => he confirmed anew his regular place in MY FAVORITE PIs LIST!

* TIMMY IS BACK => witty dialogues! I enjoyed their communication with Don!

* Great writing! => clever and entertaining!

What can I add? I'm a big fan of the series! Period.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book 5 of the Donald Strachey series and the best so far for me.

I really enjoyed this mystery. When I first started reading this series I wasn't quite sure I liked Don but as the series has developed so has Don. He seems a lot clearer about his role as a PI and his reputation has grown. He has an uneasy but functional relationship with the police and a deeper awareness about his own behaviour and quirks. Best of all his relationship with Timmy is on a firm footing and the two have a lovely partn
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent detective work, wit, and one of the most charming romantic duos in GLBT mystery.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th book in the Donald Strachey mysteries. We find our intrepid PI with a possibility of 3 clients wanting him to hire the same case for different reasons.The case is that of Paul Haig who supposedly committed suicide several months by pills and alcohol and who all three perspective clients think he was murdered.Paul's mother who is a alcoholic and a homophobe,thinks her late son's boyfriend killed him for his money.The ex boyfriend,Larry Bierly not only has an alibi when his Paul wa ...more
Dilo Keith
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prnt, gay-theme, mystery
I love this series. No time to write a review other to say this might be my favorite so far.
Adam Dunn
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
This one is about gay conversion therapy, something I don't even like to think about, but Stevenson makes it palatable. Another great story, and for the first time the culprit is actually one of the suspects, instead of a random third party, so it's all looking up. Very enjoyable read.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, crime-mystery, 1980-89

** 4.5 Stars **
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Not bad, but certainly not as good as the last two in the series. Stevenson picks a hot, controversial topic (ex gay programs) but somehow the story just never quite reaches the page turning intensity of Third Man Out. Strachey's dry cynicism is as entertaining as ever, and Timmy's characterization gets better with every book. The same can't be said of the suspects-they are pretty colorless and stereotypical. The "ex-gay" therapist is so over the top homophobic he makes Rick Santorum look modera ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
((Read in 2009, reread for a challenge in January 2016))

Great mystery, I really couldn’t guess who was the culprit. As witty as usual, because of Don’s deadpan humor, and also some funny facts (for ex. Don has three perspective clients ready to hire him for the same case and then all of them change of mind in the same day) or several details about the minor characters. There are many of them also because people of an ex gay therapy group might be involved in the case.

The subject of the reparativ
Jul 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Wow. I don't know how I feel about the tone of this book--it seemed even more cynical than the others to me--and there's a lot of the plot that was completely excised when they went to do the movie, which I can't really argue with. Still, watching Don Strachey's brain work is always an interesting time, and I love how Timmy as his conscience continues to develop, to the point where he doesn't even need Tim in the room to know what he's thinking.
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