Grey, Dorien. “The Butcher’s Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery)”, Zumaya Boundless, 2013.
My First Audio Book Review (and it’s a good one)
Those of you who are regular readers know that Dorien Grey is not new to me and I have often reviewed him. However, this is my first review of an audio book and it just happens to be one of his. “The Butcher’s Son” is book one in Grey’s Dick Hardesty mystery series and it is off to an excellent start. Hardesty begins investigating burning gay bars because the police chief (“the butcher”) is just not concerned about the incidents. Hardesty had been working for a public relations firm that was helping the police chief run for governor and he is to be the link to the man’s dysfunctional family and, in fact, he will have to discover a way to stop this homophobic character gain the job he wants.
Listening to the book made me remember the other Hardesty stories that I had already read and it was a special treat even though I am a huge proponent of reading. Aside from the fact that I was immediately drawn into the story, I found that I was kept guessing the entire time. The reader, Jeff-Frez Albrecht was perfect for the job as he set the scene with excitement and a sense of terror. At first I felt strange not holding the book in my hands but I soon found myself lost in the experience and admiring the author’s ability to create such interesting characters and Dick Hardesty who is just a regular guy with an irregular job. The advantage of listening to reading here is that I did not have to turn the pages quickly to find out what would happen next—it just seemed to happen.
We are aware of the danger in reviewing mysteries—it is too easy to spoil a read by writing something that gives the plot away. Therefore I will refrain from saying anything else about the plot so that you can read…or hear…this book and get full enjoyment. But I do want to mention that Grey has managed to bring several ideas together—the end of Hardesty’s five year relationship with his partner, Chris, a look at what goes on in gay bars (for those of us who have forgotten with the new technology), the outlandish behavior of drag queens, homophobia, intolerance and the mystery which also deals with politics and family.
While I cannot say I could not stop reading, I can say that I would not stop listening and I do not say that often unless I am listening to Richard Burton’s “Hamlet”. A word of warning—there are many books in the Dick Hardesty series and you will want to read them (or hear them all) so prepare yourself accordingly.