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Donald Strachey Mystery Series

Death Trick
Donald Strachey Mystery #1
Richard Stevenson


Gay activist and accused murderer Billy Blount's missing, but Albany PI Donald Strachey doubts Billy's guilt. The 1981 book that launched Richard Stevenson's pioneering series is a cracking mystery and a fascinating trip into bygone gay culture - before HIV, in the bad old days of bath houses and gay disco, police corruption and tacit policies of harassment.

(Originally published 1981.)

On The Other Hand, Death
Donald Strachey Mystery #2
Richard Stevenson


Dot and Edith's happiness in their home stands in the way of their neighbors' decisions to sell to the Millpond Corporation so it can build another blight on the landscape. A campaign of intimidation, at first merely irritating, escalates to murder before PI Strachey sorts it all out and learns something about his feeling for lover Timothy Callahan.

(Filmed for release by HereTV in 2008; originally published 1984.)

Ice Blues
Donald Strachey Mystery #3
Richard Stevenson


Someone's left a man's body in Donald Strachey's car -- the grandson of Albany's most connected political fixer. A letter from the deceased asks Strachey to dismantle his grandfather's party machine. Like a chess master, Strachey moves ten suitcases, an army of colorful pawns (all of whom think they're king), and $2.5 million across the continent and around Albany. One of the funniest in the series.

(Filmed for release by HereTV in 2008; originally published 1986.)

Third Man Out
Donald Strachey Mystery #4
Richard Stevenson


Sixteen years after this 1992 story, and forced outing remains a hot button in gay politics. When an activist's claims that men he's outed are stalking him don't ring true, Albany's only gay PI drops his protection detail - and the client winds up dead. Strachey peels back the layers of his client's double cross only to find...a triple cross.

(Filmed for release by HereTV in 2005.)

Shock to the System
Donald Strachey Mystery #5
Richard Stevenson


Young Paul Haig dies after hiring PI Donald Strachey. Despite his dislike of her, Strachey agrees with the boy's homophobic mother: Paul didn't commit suicide. But, she clings to deep denial about her son's sexual orientation. Conversion therapy - interventions to create ex-gays - get the once over in this Strachey mystery, and it ain't a pretty sight. (Don't let the HereTV adaptation of this story put you off this title.)

(Originally aired on HereTV; originally published 1995.)

Chain of Fools
Donald Strachey Mystery #6
Richard Stevenson



Attacks on Janet Osborne lend new significance to the earlier murder of her brother Eric. They were holding out to keep the family newspaper a beacon of liberal advocacy journalism. A screwy plot to save the newspaper turns tragic and even screwier before Strachey and a driven reporter step in to sort it all out.


Strachey's Folly
Donald Strachey Mystery #7
Richard Stevenson


Violence interrupts quiet reflection on tragedy when Donald and Timmy visit Washington to view the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Unexpected stories about a disgraced, conservative congresswoman, and a gay Lothario with designs on Strachey are catalysts for Donald's investigation into a memorial to a man who isn't quite as dead as he seems.

(Originally published 1998.)

Tongue Tied
Donald Strachey Mystery #8
Richard Stevenson


A long-defunct gay activist group seems to be threatening radio shock jock Jay Plankton. As The J-Bird, the man's hate-filled rants offend Strachey deeply. Among the subjects Stevenson tackles in this series entry is homophobia in modern police services like the NYPD, where coming out carries more than its usual share of costs.

(Originally published 2003.)

Death Vows
Donald Strachey Mystery #9
Richard Stevenson


Gay marriage in Massachusetts is a fine institution------except when it leads to murder, as it does in this taut, suspenseful Don Strachey private eye novel, the ninth in the classic series. Strachey and his loving foil, Timothy Callahan, are back in perfect form in this witty, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.


The 38 Million Dollar Smile
Donald Strachey Mystery #10
Richard Stevenson


Gadfly scion of Albany old money Gary Griswold goes missing in Thailand, and his ex-wife wants him found - with his 38 million dollars. Soon Albany's only gay PI, Don Strachey, is out of his element, and lover Timmy is out of his comfort zone combing the Land of Smiles for a man with unerring weakness for the poorest possible choice and a daft plan to buy 38 million dollars worth of good karma.


Cockeyed
Donald Strachey Mystery #11
Richard Stevenson



TLA Gaybies - Nominee!When Hunny 'You go, girl!' Van Horn, Albany's flaming-est working-class flamer, wins the state lottery's first billion-dollar payout, his chaotic life gets even messier. It's PI Don Strachey who's brought in to deal with the skeletons tumbling out of Hunny's non-closet, some violent. The eleventh Strachey novel is part mystery, part screwball comedy, and entirely serious in its exploration of the multiple ways of being gay in America.



Red, White, Black and Blue
Donald Strachey Mystery #12
Richard Stevenson



In an election year, Don finds himself in the unlikely role of political operative. Rumors about the Tea Party's opportunistic gubernatorial candidate, Kenyon Louderbush, paint him as an unfaithful, callous exploiter of young men...young men that he puts into the hospital...or perhaps the morgue. Don smells truth in those rumors. But, he's confounded by a shadowy conspiracy, witnesses' fear and a grieving family appallingly willing to give up on justice for a brutalized son and brother.


In RED WHITE AND BLACK AND BLUE, series creator Stevenson takes witty aim at the polarization, dissembling and double-dealing of American politics. It's a story that leaves even our hero, Don, tarnished and bruised.



The Last Thing I Saw
Donald Strachey Mystery #13
Richard Stevenson




Eddie Wenske has gone missing.A popular investigative reporter renowned for both his gay-coming-out memoir and a frightening book on drug cartels, Wenske vanishes while investigating a gay media conglomerate with a controversial owner and dodgy business practices.Albany PI Don Strachey's perilous search for Wenske takes him to Boston and to New York City, and finally to California and a media world that's as deadly as it is unglamorous.In The Last Thing I Saw, Strachey fends off hired killers, but can he survive Hey Look Media?




Why Stop At Vengeance
Donald Strachey Mystery #14
Richard Stevenson




A young African living in Albany is bent on avenging the death of his former lover back in Uganda at the hands of a gay-hating mob. When John Suruma tries to hire PI Don Strachey to burn down the church of an American missionary who promoted Uganda's harsh anti-gay law, Strachey recites a Chinese proverb---"If you set out on a journey of revenge, dig two graves"---and says he has a better plan. But does he? For soon Strachey himself is a victim of the kind of religion-inspired violence gays and lesbians are struggling against across the African continent.



www.dropdead
Donald Strachey Mystery #15
Richard Stevenson




KickAssQueer is a gay Web site thousands go to for news, gossip, and as a forum to exchange often heated opinions about GLBT life in America.When one of KAQ's editors is savagely murdered, it's PI Don Strachey's job to uncover whether one of the site's many harsh critics, gay or straight, is responsible for this young man's death---and possibly for other brutal assaults on gay men in and around New York City.What Strachey is soon forced to confront is a side of the Internet that is not just disturbing, but sometimes downright lethal.




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