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Death Trick - Richard Stevenson
Death Trick
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It's 1979, the height of the post-Stonewall era of gay sexual liberation, and a young man has been brutally murdered. The gay son of a wealthy family has disappeared. Now it's up to private dick Don Strachey to get to the bottom of this mess--even if he has to cruise every gay bar in the... show more
It's 1979, the height of the post-Stonewall era of gay sexual liberation, and a young man has been brutally murdered. The gay son of a wealthy family has disappeared. Now it's up to private dick Don Strachey to get to the bottom of this mess--even if he has to cruise every gay bar in the city to do it! Don Strachey isn't exactly the most sought-after private eye in Albany, New York. In fact, this gay P.I. has gotten to the point of having to write checks to pay his tab at the cheapest lunch counter in town. And he isn't sure that the latest one, for the grand total of two dollars and ninety-three cents, is going to clear. Then the phone rings. Billy Blount, the gay heir to one of Saratoga Springs' upper-crust families, has disappeared, and his parents want him back. On top of that, Billy, a young and outspoken gay activist, is wanted for the grizzly murder of the man he slept with on his last night in Albany--a man he'd never met before that night! Set in the glorious, promiscuous pre-HIV late 1970s, Death Trick is a fast-paced excursion through the seamy underside of gay Albany. From gay discos where the hard-pumping music never stops, to the city's infamous baths, to the dark alley behind the local precinct house, this hard-bitten private dick searches for answers to the questions that plague Billy's parents and the police. With his faithful companion (and unfaithful lover) Timmy plus a cast of characters that includes drag queens, ex-jock gay bar owners, homophobic cops, male hustlers, and wealthy suburbanites, Strachey begins a chase that leads him to seedy gay bars, posh suburban homes, and pricey mental institutions where they use electric shock to destroy "sick" gay tendencies. Armistead Maupin describes Death Trick as "sassy and sexy" and calls Don Strachey, "a private dick who really earns his title." The New York Native calls the novel, "more than just a first-rate murder mystery." The Advocate said, "a great lazy-day read." And Newsday called the book, "well written and compelling." Don't you owe it to yourself to take this trick home tonight?
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781560234708 (1560234709)
Publisher: Harrington Park Press
Pages no: 199
Edition language: English
Series: Donald Strachey (#1)
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Slitsread
Slitsread rated it
3.0 Death Trick
I liked it. The sarcasm is totally up my alley
Lenaribka
Lenaribka rated it
4.0 Death Trick
Guys, I've found a new great mystery series and I'm very happy about it! The 13 existed instalments make already my blood boil and my pulse race! In spite of the fact that the first book in the series was published in 1981(??!!), it is such a refreshing and surprisingly very up-to-date read! I don't...
Stumbling Over Chaos
Stumbling Over Chaos rated it
4.0
3.5 stars. Good gay mystery set in Albany in 1979, when things were wild pre-HIV. Donald Strachey's been hired by the parents of a missing gay man suspected of murder, but nothing is quite adding up about the case. (This is such a weird cover! Pretty sure there wasn't a dog in the book...)
Cayendi
Cayendi rated it
I loved this.The writing just sweeps you along and it paints such a clear picture of gay life in Albany in the (late) 70s. Great characters too, especially the no nonsense, blunt, but getting the job done, private detective Donald Strachey and the people he surrounds himself with. Definitely makes m...
What I'm reading
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4.0 Death Trick: A Murder Mystery (Donald Strachey Mysteries)
Richard Stevenson created a wonderful character, Donald Strachey, that the reader can relate to, cheer with and just let go and enjoy the ride. This is the first book in the series Stevenson created. Always fun to start with the first one, it sets the characters. (I usually like to read in order. In...
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