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Joseph Hansen (1) (1923–2004)

Author of Fadeout

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
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Works by Joseph Hansen

Fadeout (1970) 469 copies, 21 reviews
Death Claims (1973) 291 copies, 12 reviews
Troublemaker (1975) 276 copies, 5 reviews
Skinflick (1979) 247 copies, 2 reviews
The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of (1978) 241 copies, 2 reviews
A Country of Old Men (1990) 223 copies, 1 review
Nightwork (1984) 219 copies, 3 reviews
Gravedigger (1982) 210 copies, 2 reviews
Early Graves (1987) 205 copies, 1 review
Living Upstairs (1993) 195 copies, 3 reviews
The Little Dog Laughed (1986) 192 copies, 1 review
Obedience (1988) 175 copies, 1 review
A smile in his lifetime (1981) 158 copies
The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning (1990) 158 copies, 1 review
Backtrack / Brandstetter and Other Stories (1982) 146 copies, 4 reviews
Jack of Hearts (1995) — Author — 135 copies, 1 review
Job's Year (1983) 126 copies, 1 review
Steps Going Down (1985) 110 copies
Pretty Boy Dead: A Novel (1977) 104 copies, 2 reviews
Brandstetter and Other Stories (1984) 103 copies, 1 review
Bohannon's Country (1993) 77 copies
Bohannon's Book (1988) 60 copies, 1 review
Blood, Snow, & Classic Cars (2000) 40 copies
Strange Marriage (1965) 23 copies
The Outward Side (1995) 23 copies
Bohannon's Women (2002) 22 copies
Todd (1995) 18 copies
The Complete Brandstetter (2006) 17 copies, 1 review
Dog and Other Stories (1979) 12 copies
The Cutbank Path (2002) 10 copies
Hang-up (1969) 9 copies
Lost on Twilight Road (1964) 8 copies
One foot in the boat (1977) 5 copies
Cocksure (1969) 3 copies
Tarn House (1971) 2 copies
The Corrupter (1968) 2 copies
Election Day 1 copy

Associated Works

Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps (2003) — Contributor — 208 copies, 3 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories (1988) — Contributor — 164 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 160 copies, 2 reviews
The Night Awakens (2000) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 102 copies, 1 review
The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write about Their Fathers (2002) — Contributor — 80 copies, 1 review
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: Second Annual Collection (2001) — Contributor — 47 copies, 1 review
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (2010) — Contributor — 44 copies, 1 review
Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999) — Contributor — 35 copies
Home Sweet Homicide (1991) — Contributor — 12 copies

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coprime | May 16, 2024 |
The book opens with Steve Archer returning home in the morning having woken up in a strange bed, only to find the police at his apartment ready to arrest him for the murder of his boyfriend, Coy. The bulk of the book is a flashback telling how this all came about (which I did not realise for quite a while and was thus terribly confused), and the final 20-30 pages (out of 200) shows Steve looking for the real murderer to exonerate himself.

It's a 1960s attempt at gay noir but, quite apart from language and attitudes which would not pass muster nowadays, I found some characters so forgettable that I had no idea who they were when they re-appeared. I have good, albeit vague, memories from the early 1980s of the author's Dave Brandstetter series, which I might revisit some day but this stand-alone deserves its fate of languishing in obscurity despite several re-issues over the years.… (more)
 
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Robertgreaves | 1 other review | Apr 21, 2024 |
A Joan Kahn-Harper novel of suspense
 
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