The Dream Ender [A Dick Hardesty Mystery]
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by Dorien Grey
Description: The plague came, seemingly, from nowhere, striking down tens of thousands without reason or mercy; and the stricken community rallied for whatever protection it could find. When PI Dick Hardesty is hired to investigate the murder of a man who was a willing partner in the slaughter, he must wend his way through a convoluted maze of suspects to find the one person responsible. And, as always, he learns that things are never as simple as they first appear.
eBook Publisher: Zumaya Publications, 2007
eBookwise Release Date: June 2007
27 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [360 KB]
Reading time: 242-338 min.
"This whodunit is well worth reading with a good plot and convincing characters that you end up feeling for. It also has a good douse of humour too."--Bookpleasures
"An intimate and graphic look at the travails of the gay community at the commencement of the AIDS epidemic, The Dream Ender is also a detailed examination of relationships, unexpected parenting, friendships, and the life of a private investigator. Rich in character, lifestyle details, and plenty of suspense, The Dream Ender is well worth the reading, and an encouragement to read the several previous books starring P. I. Dick Hardesty."--Rainbow Reviews
"Dick is back! After a hiatus and with a new publisher, the eleventh book in the very popular Dick Hardesty mystery series continues with The Dream Ender, the darkest and most gripping story yet."--Wayves
Brunch with Bob and Mario was great, as always. As a bar owner and bar manager, respectively, they always have an endless string of stories and we all laughed a lot--something I, for one, definitely needed.
But eventually, as all conversations at the time tended to do, talk turned to AIDS and the countless rumors and speculations circulating through the bars.
"There's a new one going around that's really unbelievable," Mario said. "I don't know if Bob's heard it, but I'd guess so."
"What's that?" I asked.
"That someone is going around deliberately spreading AIDS."
"Yeah, I've heard it, too."
I shook my head. "How can people believe that shit?"
Mario looked at me. "I thought that, too, until I was talking with one of my regulars who had just lost his best friend. The friend told him he got it from a really butch guy who refused to use a condom, and after they'd finished and the guy was leaving, he stopped at the door and casually said, 'Oh, and I've got gay cancer. Welcome to the club.' And he left. The friend thought it was just a really cruel joke, but then he got sick."