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Dick Hardesty, gay PI, is hired to protect the interests of a gay/bisexual escort service when a client is murdered. This is a mystery novel that makes bisexuality an issue in solving a crime....

Title : The Hired Man
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ISBN : 9781879194762
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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The Hired Man Reviews

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2019-01-27 13:14

    The Hired Man (Dick Hardesty Mystery #4)By Dorien Grey3 starsI’ve been reading these in order, but have peeked at reviews of a few of the later books in the series. So far, I liked this least of the four. But, as I always remind myself: just because I didn’t like it, that doesn’t mean it’s not good. I realize that much of what didn’t grab me about this book – in some ways about the series – is closely tied to who I am as a gay man. The only comparison I can really make with this series is to Joseph Hansen’s Dave Brandstetter novels (of which I read all twelve) written in the 1970s and 80s, when I was a young gay man. Although I’d say that Dorien Grey (the late Roger Margason) is a good writer, he’s not as refined and elegant as Hansen is. More important, however, is my inability to really relate to his characters. Dick Hardesty (who is somewhere around 30, therefore a bit older than I was at the time in which the books are set) is just not a very interesting character. Brandstetter, who was in his late 40s as I recall, was a complex man, comfortable with being gay, but a whole generation older than Hardesty (Dorien Grey’s age, in fact). There were layers to this man, and in his relationship with the world. Dick Hardesty seems like a good guy, but I never quite lock onto his character as someone with depth and a powerful moral compass. One particular example that irked me is the fact that Hardesty, a good post-Stonewall gay man, resents the fact that the homophobic police assume that all gay men are promiscuous. Sort of hypocritical to complain about that when Hardesty seems to have sex with nearly every male character he meets in the course of the book (and this was true in the last book, too). The fact that the book focuses on two main themes--bisexuality and male prostitution—without really digging into either topic very profoundly, left me feeling flat. I suspect for someone without my particular sensibilities would have fun reading this series, and I commend it to them. However, for this 60-something gay man, Dick Hardesty’s world doesn’t seem quite real enough to grab onto.

  • John
    2019-02-07 10:58

    Gay sex all over the place and no mention of HIV/AIDS?

  • Sharon Cox
    2019-02-06 13:17

    Before reading this you need to know that I love all things Dorien Grey. I have all of his books as paperbacks and also as e-books where available. Finally, I am now adding audio books to my collection.I love Dorien's stories. They are well thought out and well written. Usually, when reading a mystery or a murder etc I can pick the culprit early on but not in Dorien's books. I usually have to wait until the end to know whodunnit but, when I look back over the book, I find that all the clues were there. I just missed them.This is the case in this book. For a synopsis, you can look elsewhere as there are plenty around. Just know that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and also the audiobook and would have no problem recommending it and the series to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

  • Katherine Trick
    2019-02-17 11:06

    Another wonderful chapter in the saga of private investigator Dick Hardesty. His latest case leads on a journey thru the world of high priced "men for hire" in the gay and bisexual community. What I really enjoy about Mr. Grey's writing is that he presents each of these characters to us as a person who just happens to have a little less than ordinary job. We get to see them as real people with real emotions and real lives. You develop a real empathy for most of them as the story progresses.This is the first of Mr. Grey's books I've read so far that I didn't totally figure out until the end. A real "whodunit", for sure. If you enjoy a good mystery with a little "spice" thrown in for fun, this will be enjoyable read . I loved it.

  • Writerlibrarian
    2019-01-27 11:20

    In his 4th detective novel, Dick Hardesty comes up against a web of lies, of half truths and betrayal. Dick is still controlled by his hormones and makes a few new friends along the way, meets old ones again and some of his friends meet for the first time and connect. The story is adequate and keeps your reading. I just hope Hardesty gets out of his hormone phase soon.

  • Terry
    2019-01-22 09:20

    Another good mystery from Dorien Grey - just misses out on the full 5 stars because of a stupid error in proff reading probably. If one of the clues was a feather in Billy's mouth - when did they find his head? Did I miss the bit where Billy's head and hands were found?

  • Jeremiah
    2019-02-12 13:01

    Lol. This book is just....Just read it.You'll find out.

  • James
    2019-02-13 16:15

    This is for the new Audio version:This is the very first audio book that I have listened to and I must say it was both a surprising and satisfying adventure.I had previously read this mystery in its text form but listening to it was like experiencing it for the first time all over again. Granted, it had been a while and a few details had been pocketed away in my brain to make room for fresh data and only remembered as they were encountered once again, but that allowed for meeting the story head on in a fresh, new context.Listening to Jeff Frez-Albrecht as Dick Hardesty gave my mind's eye a whole new look for the detective; one that was, in all honesty, more detailed and a whole lot sexier. Things simply looked different to me this time around and here's the "surprising" aspect, not once did I become bored or disillusioned with the story nor did I find myself fast-forwarding anywhere to move the story along. I'm going to sum up here because I prefer to keep my reviews at a modest length; plus the fact that I can tend to ramble after a certain point, and we are at that point. If you have yet to read this wonderfully realistic mystery or if you are of the inkling to re-read it, I do recommend this audio book as a more than suitable stand-in to the text version. You won't be disappointed.

  • Neet
    2019-02-03 15:04

    This in an intriguing Dick Hardesty mystery and the 4th in the series.Dick is hired to do background investigation for an out of town businessman (based on a mutual friend) the friend turns out to be Phil/Tex. Phil was a hustler who Dick he a really hot sexual encounter with (and he didn't pay) a while ago and now Phil is a high paid model/ male escort working for ModelMen.Dick is grateful for the job and especially reconnecting with Phil. What should be an easy assignment turns into a murder investigation when Dick's client turns up brutally murdered.The agency that Phil works for hires Dick to keep its agency in the clear and basically run interference with the police.Soon another body linked to the agency is discovered, this time a young model who was Phil's best friend and roommate.Dick is more then intrigue and wants to solve the murders before more carnage ensues. Another well written and good read from Dorien Grey, I love this series!

  • Adam Dunn
    2019-02-18 16:00

    I need a little break from this series.This fourth book is the longest one so far and it could use an editor. Nothing happens really and there is a lot of dancing around suspects and motives that gets tiresome. Add into this Dick sleeping with everyone he meets and it becomes unrealistic as well.I don't really understand how he solved the crime, the book is too full of his crotch talking to him, I'm guessing this happens more than 20 times. Less implied sex, more implied murder please.Dick needs a vacation, a change of scene, and he still needs a friend. Ramon is in the book but the only friends Dick seems to pay any attention to are the ones he sleeps with.The series managed to ride the edge between gay detective and gay sex camp and this book put it over the edge into the later category. I hope Grey can pull it back.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-02-10 12:20

    The Hired Man, by Dorien Grey, a-minus, Narrated by Jeff Frez-Albrecht, produced by Dorien Grey, downloaded from this, the fourth in the series which I read out of sequence, Dick Hardesty left the public relations business and has opened a private eye firm. He is hired to determine why a gay man was murdered. In fact, this plot becomes even more complicated as one of the possible murderers is bisexual, and does that enter in? Complicated plot but very good.

  • Eric L Aust
    2019-01-30 08:07

    Another great mystery love the ending Dorian Grey did it again the best stories and plots and always a twist. Well worth the read. He has moved up to the top of gay mystery writers and the only one with a plot that is unique and not always a bad guy who is from the right or the church

  • Dee
    2019-01-31 16:20

    These Dick Hardesty AudioBooks just keep getting better and better. What a twist! I think I have enjoyed this episode the best of the series so far.

  • Denicemarcell
    2019-02-19 10:13

    february 8th, 2011 another one i have no idea where it is.