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Mystery novel, part of the Dick Hardesty gay detective series. A serial killer is stalking the gay community and the police are largely ignoring them because all the victims are gay. Dick Hardesty takes on the job of bringing the real killer to justice as part of his first experience as a gay detective....

Title : The 9th Man (A Dick Hardesty Mystery, #2)
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ISBN : 9781879194786
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 167 Pages
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The 9th Man (A Dick Hardesty Mystery, #2) Reviews

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2018-10-28 11:27

    The Ninth Man (Dick Hardesty Mystery, #2)Dorien GreySelf-published 2015 (print published in 2013)Cover by Ginny GlassFour starsI only started to read Roger Margason’s writing as Dorien Grey after his death in 2015. The second of the Dick Hardesty series shows Dick settled into his life as a private detective specializing in the needs of the gay community. Dorien Grey’s writing is professional and literate – not something that can be taken for granted in this era of self-publishing. Grey was good, echoing the style and intelligence of the best of classic detective fiction. In “The Ninth Man,” Hardesty finds himself dragged reluctantly into a death that, while proclaimed a suicide by the police, is apparently a murder. Through his sometime bed partner at the Coroner’s office, Hardesty discovers that this mysterious death is just one of six, all of which have been set aside by the police because they don’t really care about gay folks dying. Once more, Hardesty works to bring justice to the lives of gay people in a world (the 1970s) that is still highly homophobic, especially when government officials of any level are part of the picture. What is striking is that Grey is writing of a world he knew directly (a world that I, a generation younger than Roger Margason, was just coming out into). His narrative has an authenticity that is owed to his first-hand experience of the world that Hardesty inhabits.A couple of other things struck me about this book, however. In this second Hardesty novel, there is no circle of supportive friends, other than the morgue assistant, Tim. Hardesty is portrayed as very much alone, other than his interactions with the various gay men he interviews in the course of his investigation. Also, and somewhat disturbingly for me, there is a great deal of internalized homophobia in “The Ninth Man” that seems to parallel the official homophobia of the police department. The client who first hires Hardesty is depicted as flamboyantly queeny, and is derided for that both by Hardesty and by other gay men of his acquaintance during the course of the story. Throughout the narrative, the police disparage gay men for their sexual promiscuity; while at the same time, Hardesty talks to gay men whose lovers all have cheated on them, and himself enjoys several opportunistic liaisons that emerge in the course of his investigation. Not a single healthy gay relationship appears in this book, and Hardesty, in the end, is alone and disillusioned. This is a pretty great, well-written murder mystery; but I kept asking myself whether Dorien Grey was intentionally filling his story with internalized homophobia to make a point to his latter-day readers, or if was he simply expressing his own attitudes about being gay. Ultimately, “The Ninth Man” presents a pretty bleak picture of life in gay America in the 1970s – a picture at odds with my own experience. It is such a change from the Dick Hardesty shown in the first book, I think I’ll have to buy the third one to see how it plays out.

  • Danny
    2018-11-17 11:30

    When I was but a lad, I thought I had discovered the holy grail when I first read the Dave Brandstetter novels of Joseph Hansen. I gobbled them up in record time. Unfortunately, few writers today are producing whodunits in the tradition of Hansen. Recently, however, I discovered Dorien Grey and the Dick Hardesty novels am enjoying enjoying the old-fashioned type private investigator novels featuring gay men as the main characters.Dick Hardesty as a character appeals to me for two reasons: he's has a dry sense of humor, as a good gumshoe should, and he's not encumbered by any notion of what he should be sexually. He'll have sex with whomever he fancies and he does so unapologetically. I also like that Grey doesn't go into a lot of detail on what happens behind closed doors. So much can be said using so few words. Gay romance today seems to take delight in 'putting it all out there,' which is fine, but I think it's a treat to be able to fill in the blanks with my imagination, too. I began the Dick Hardesty series with this book, 'The Ninth Man,' which is really book two of the Dick Hardesty series. I enjoyed it so much I had to go back and read book one, 'The Butcher's Son,' so that I could build a good foundation for the other novels in the series. I was surprised, after switching from book two in the Hardesty series. which to me was set in the 1980s, to book one where the time period was the 60s. I didn't get that impression in 'The Ninth Man.' Although Hardesty begins in the 60s, it really could be set in most any time period--it probably depends on the reader's own background and imagination. As far as the story? I think one of the other reviewers on Amazon said "superbly crafted." Yes, that sums it up.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2018-11-09 12:37

    The Ninth Man, by Dorien Grey, b-plus, Narrated by Jeff Frez-Albrecht, Produced by Dorien Grey, Downloaded from audible.com.This is the second in the Dick Hardesty series and involves his first case ass a private eye. A new client informs him that his lover was killed, and that the police insist it’s a suicide. He claims it’s murder and that the police are ignoring the issue and writing it off as a suicide because the man was gay. Dick approaches his good friend, Tim, who works in the coroner’s office. He finds out that several gay men have turned up dead. The police are not considering them as suicides. They all seem to have been killed by inhaling cyanide-something no one would probably do who was trying to commit suicide. Dick doesn’t agree with the police that this is a serial killer. Instead, he becomes convinced that the deaths are not random and that there’s something connecting all of these men together, and he finally proves it. These books are interesting to read although rather formulaic. We have a nice gay private eye. He thinks with his crotch more than his head, which means that he ends up having sex with almost everyone he’s attracted to during the course of an investigation. That gets a little tiresome. But the books are basically a relaxing read. The narrator does a good job of creating the characters and he resists the temptation others might have to use any stereotypic gay caricature voices.

  • _inbetween_
    2018-10-29 11:41

    GLB Publishers have The Worst Covers Ever. They make mainstream bodice ripper covers look tasteful, stylish, nay - classy in comparison. At least six different (but basic) fonts used on the cover alone, the awful layout then photoshopped and printed so badly that the images are cut off in parts, and the images *shudder* ... anyway. I had read Grey first when he published Butcher's Son and while I hated some other gay crime writers and despite remembering being neither emotionally nor intellectually impressed, I certainly didn't hate it and finally read my second of his novels.Since it seemed to take place long after events of the next book, I checked Grey's website again for illumanition ... *sigh* it's certainly bright, and rivals the covers in sheer awfulness. What's worse though is that it lacks a bibliography, there's not even a simple chronology, and even the otherwise surprisingly informed fantasticfiction page doesn't have it - but wiki and amazon confirm that THIS book is the first, even if the second in the series will take place a decade or more earlier. Why do I ramble about this? Because after finishing I had to go check Hardesty's living situation in the next installment, only to find it couldn't be found. It is important, because for once the hero has to make a decision that has none of the pretend-hardness one finds from Whimsey to Justice, but feels awful because emotions and intellect agree on one solution when only duty points to the other, because even ethics and morals aren't quite sure.Apart from that though the novel is very straightforward, short like all the Grey novels, typical mature gay promiscuity, although very little explicitness, not even that much of a mystery - IIRC The Butcher's Son also had it all sort of resolve itself around Hardesty - or so it seems. Because of the painful decision, that is only so because one does feel with Hardesty, and because of a few witty textual observations, one somehow gets attached to what seems just a string of well-hung muscled gay studs.

  • Min
    2018-11-15 16:49

    I generally dislike reading a series out of order because I like to see the development of the character(s), however subtle, progress (or not, as the case may be). Mistakenly, I read this, the second book, first. And while I did sense that there was a story that I was missing, it didn't negatively impact this story for me in any way. After reading some of the reviews for this book I'm glad to know that switching the first and second books around shouldn't impact the first book for me in any way as there isn't much of a carry-over.This story didn't disappoint. It's a short book so the pacing is pretty quick. Grey's language is wonderful: the subtle humour that at times can be a bit biting but nevertheless funny, the expressions of sadness and grief by the surviving lovers of the murdered men, even the frustrations and anger felt at the police for not caring about the deaths because of their "they are gay men and who cares about them?" attitude. The ending! (view spoiler)[I really hoped it wouldn't be Ed but it was kind of obvious. But I kept hoping because I liked him. Though, after hearing his account of what happened to Glenn - I don't know if I really blame him. And the thing I love most about this book is that I had started to care about why these men had been killed and then I found out what they did. Bastards! And damn Grey for twisting it all up like that so that I cared about the men who did such a horrible thing to such a vulnerable person! That is why I'm going with four stars instead of three. I love it when I'm surprised (yet not surprised) like that. But now what happens with Ed?!? I MUST know!(hide spoiler)] Yet, I have to read the first book before I can go on to the third one!

  • Neet
    2018-10-22 11:23

    This is the second book in the Dick Hardesty murder mysteries and another intriguing mystery for our favorite Dick.In this mystery,Dick is hired to investigate the sudden death of his client's boyfriend.The boyfriend is described as handsome, fit twenty seven year old who is also highly promiscuous,who dies suddenly from what we learn is cyanide poisoning.The culprit of the poisoning seems to be poppers which the victim inhaled.In Dick' s further investigation.he learns from a friend/bedmate that there have been several other sudden deaths of young gay men whose cause is eerily similar.Sick begins to wonder if their a serial killer on the loose.On a personal note,Dick seems to be enjoying his freedom as a single man.He isn't lonesome for compaionship.He meets two handsome men while investigating the case.The one man,Ed Grayley,is a man Dick is attracted to and has similar interests.Is Ed too good to be true? Will Sick solve the mysteries? This is a short read.but a good read none the less.Enjoy! =

  • Suze
    2018-10-26 12:26

    I enjoyed the murder mystery element of the story. Finding out along with Dick what is happening and eventually getting to the why.I was worried for him when it becomes more obvious who the cukprit should be, even though we dont get the confirmation until right at the end. (view spoiler)[I am assuming Dick went to the cops with his findings, despite the 'make it up yourself' type ending. (hide spoiler)]It is quite disquieting reading books set in this era (and I was just starting going to discos and pubs then so it feels odd referring to it like ancient history!) with the knowledge we have now - all the casual bed hopping, moving quickly between partners, no mobiles. But it was like that, even in my sheltered part of the world so I do find it interesting to look back and I guess the author is basing some of the scene setting on experience.Will continue to work my way through the series

  • Kathy
    2018-10-23 15:42

    Once again Dorien Grey held me spellbound as I devoured The 9th Man and with each of his mysteries, be it Elliot Smith or Dick Hardesty, I find myself even more anxious to get to the next book. In this, the second Dick Hardesty mystery, Grey kept me hooked right up to the end. I may have grasped the murderer's reason, or at least most of it, but I was by no means bored. No, as always I couldn't wait to get to the end. The only trouble I've discovered with Dorien Grey's Dick Hardesty mysteries is that quite of few of them have been nigh on impossible to find. But I will not give up!! These stories are too good, too interesting, to deter me from acquiring all of them.

  • Mina MacLeod
    2018-11-03 09:31

    This was an enjoyable read, but after the strong start of The Butcher's Son, this one had some "first novel" earmarks. The plot wasn't as smooth and the cast not as compelling. However, Dick is still knocking it out of the park. I was disappointed that some of the guys from the previous book didn't appear, but seeing as how this novel was written prior to the series's inception, that's understandable.The plot contains a cringe-worthy revelation and the book ends on a note that just leaves you wanting more. It probably would have held up better if I hadn't read it immediately after the first--but, I will say that this is the second night in a row that I devoured a Dick Hardesty mystery in a single sitting before bed. I'm chomping at the bit for the third book.

  • Eric L Aust
    2018-11-12 12:43

    Not bad It was obvious who the killer wasat first I was disappointed but the mystery was very deep , engaging. The writer has a real feel on characters crafting an intricate plot so despite myself in found I liked the book very much.This is second book in the series and the plot is at least as good.I read a few Christopher Rice books and this book was as full of rich characters but I always found Rice story a little dark. This story should be dark yet it l left me feeling hopeful about the ability to have strong gay relationships of the type that are healthy. Not seedy or depressing. Very well worth A read in fact I'd be very happy to read it again someday.

  • Adam Dunn
    2018-11-13 09:45

    A worthy sequel to the first in the series, though someone else mentioned that this was written first, which would make sense. None of the characters from the first book come back and Dick says at one point he hasn't seen a dead body in years, but this is set after the first book.A good mystery, though is the man in the title always going to be the killer?No one as original as in the first book as far as side characters but a likable plot that skips along to a sudden conclusion. Will be looking for the next!

  • Writerlibrarian
    2018-11-11 10:47

    Interesting but less of a surprise than the first novel in this gay detective series. It could have been read before "The Butcher's Son" since the plot of the first novel had no impact on this one. Still, the mystery is complex and solid. I saw the clues and the red herrings and knew the end before I got there but the journey to the last chapter wasn't boring. Hardesty is still amusing and fun. He's like an old fashioned detective that happens to be gay so he flirts and hits on guys instead of girls.`*g* I'll read the next one just to see how he resolves the moral dilemma from this novel.

  • KC
    2018-10-27 13:43

    This is the second Dick Hardesty mystery and it is awesome! Dorien Grey writes so well, with humour and heart, the mystery is very good and surprisingly different and that's because of both the story and the characters.The characters feel real and have depth and one cannot help but love them. Even though at some point i started suspecting who the bad guy was, the ending still took me by surprise - emotional and powerful. I highly recommend this series.

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-25 10:28

    Ya can't stop with just one.

  • Walt
    2018-10-21 15:44

    EnjoyedI ready e.joy the way detective hardest goes about getting his cases solved good plots just enough twist to keep you thinking

  • Shelley
    2018-11-18 12:38

    3.75 stars

  • Jon
    2018-11-05 11:42

    Review coming soon!