Joseph Hansen

Joseph Hansen is probably the best-known of the authors on this list. His detective, Dave Brandstetter, debuted in Fadeout in 1970. His craftsmanship and storytelling ability have been acclaimed by The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. He has also written poetry and novels beyond those mentioned here. I read most of these a long time ago, but as I get back to them I'll add to the reviews here.


         Harper & Row 1970         Henry Holt 1980

Death Claims        

         Harper & Row 1973          Henry Holt 1980


         Harper & Row 1975         Henry Holt 1981

The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of        

         Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1978         Henry Holt 1981


         Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1979         Henry Holt 1980


         Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1982          Henry Holt 1983


         Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1984         Henry Holt 1985

A truck driver dies in a suspicious accident, and Dave gets himself into a world of trouble investigating it. His relationship with Cecil continues to grow in surprising ways.

The Little Dog Laughed        

         Henry Holt 1986         Henry Holt 1987

Dave investigates the murder of Adam Streeter, a celebrated foreign correspondent, in a case that embroils him in Central American politics.

Early Graves         

         The Mysterious Press 1987         

The latest victim of a serial killer the media are calling "Knifer in the Dark" shows up on Dave's doorstep, plunging him into an investigation of the murders.


Brandstetter investigates a murder in the Vietnamese-American community.

The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning        

         New American Library 1990         Plume 1991

A paintball game goes badly wrong and a boy is dead. Dave and Cecil check into his background and find a nasty town full of neo-Nazis and skinheads. Suspenseful and moving.

A Country of Old Men        

         Viking 1991         Plume/Penguin 1992

Dave's last book, in which Hansen explores what it's like to no longer be able to do a job you love. Very moving, particularly the ending.

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