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Taiga?s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan by Melinda Takeuchi (1994-06-01)
Melinda Takeuchi
The History of England, Vol 2
David Hume
The History of Scepticism: From Savonarola to Bayle
Richard H. Popkin
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Marcus Tullius Cicero, Raphael Woolf, Julia Annas
Das Goldene Vlies: Dramatisches Gedicht in Drei Abteilungen
Franz Grillparzer
Euripides IV: Rhesus / The Suppliant Women / Orestes / Iphigenia in Aulis
Charles R. Walker, Frank William Jones, William Arrowsmith, David Grene, Euripides, Richmond Lattimore
Notes from Underground & The Double
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jesse Coulson
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The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning , by Joseph Hansen

The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning (Plume) - Joseph Hansen

The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning is an excellent penultimate chapter to the Brandstetter series with all of the standard (for this series) appurtenances: colorful, involving characters; apposite evocation of southern California environs; convoluted and largely believable plot and investigation. The Brandstetter series has always taken a stance against racism and anti-gay prejudice, but in this volume the latter played essentially no role since Brandstetter's investigation took him into the white supremacist milieu, where particularly extreme and virulent racism is to be found and where Brandstetter wisely kept his sexual orientation unspoken. Remarkably enough, though the trip through this milieu revealed a great deal about the initial victim's lamentable character, it is an extensively developed red herring leading to the resolution of another murder!

 

Brandstetter's aging has become a central issue of the series - along with the usual physical failings, Hansen has added the passing of close friends to the mix, as well as the inevitable change - seldom enough for the better - due to economic "progress" which is usually only evident to the older ones among us. (After all, to the young it is all as it ever was.) To my mind this is yet another trait that makes the series unique. Brandstetter is blessed - not only by close and loyal friends, but since he inherited his father's quite significant wealth, he has been able to express the generosity of spirit which has always been an appealing aspect of his character in yet other ways. It is remarkable how much Hansen is able to squeeze into 192 pages...