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Bohannon's women : mystery stories
Hansen, Joseph, 1923-2004.
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Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, [2002]

Physical Description:
228 pages ; 23 cm.
Storm damage -- Widower's walk -- Confessional -- Survival -- Home is the place -- Widdershins.
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Joseph Hansen was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on July 19, 1923. He attended Pasasdena City College. Hansen's fiction began to appear in the 60s. He published under the pseudonym James Colton because of the homosexual characters and themes of his work. He had published five novels and a collection of short stories when "Fadeout," the first of the Brandstetter mystery novels, was released. It is this series of 12 novels, which was published from 1970 to 1991 for which Hansen was most well known.

Hansen wrote almost 40 books, which included novels and a series of semi-autobiographical works. He also taught fiction workshops, published poems in The New Yorker and produced a local radio show in the 60s called "Homosexuality Today." In 1965 he founded the pioneering homosexual journal Tangents.

In 1974 Hansen was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1992 he won the lifetime achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Joseph Hansen died on November 24, 2004 at the age of 81 from heart failure.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Is it possible to hit one out of the park gently, gracefully, with almost tender, devoted finesse? If stories were baseballs, Hansen would do it every time. With spare, effortless strokes, he limns his characters, allowing them room to catch and hold our full attention with a small, understated gesture, a look, a murmured non sequitur. And what characters: horse rancher Hack Bohannon, until 15 years ago a deputy of Phil Gerard; and Gerard, now a police lieutenant in southern California's canyon country, redolent of sage and eucalyptus. Although Bohannon is stabling a dozen horses, usually without benefit of reliable stable hands, he has kept his private investigator's license and often finds himself neck-deep in cases, sometimes working for the district attorney, sometimes for the public defender, and sometimes for private individuals. And hooray for him! He eats ham and eggs and buttered toast for breakfast, drinks high-octane black coffee and whiskey, and smokes so much that he wheezes up inclines that 80-year-old medical examiner Belle Hesseltine scales breathing easy. This appealing central figure and Hansen's sure, deft hand with both exterior and interior landscapes leave readers wishing for more. So dig up Bohannon's Country (1993) for them. --Whitney Scott

Table of Contents

Storm Damagep. 7
Widower's Walkp. 49
Confessionalp. 85
Survivalp. 121
Home Is the Placep. 157
Widdershinsp. 191