The Ninth Man by Dorien Grey

The Ninth Man by Dorien Grey
A Dick Hardesty Mystery, #2
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Historical
Length: Short Story (128 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Beware of strangers bearing gifts.

A serial killer is on the loose, apparently targeting gay men at random for death by a most unusual means, and the homophobic police force seems much more interested in meeting its parking ticket quota than in bothering with a bunch of dead faggots. As the body count mounts, it’s up to PI Dick Hardesty to find out not only to find what all the dead men had in common, but who killed them, and why.

Every clue is important in a murder case. All Dick needs to do is figure out how they fit together. Can he do it?

One of the things I enjoy the most about Mr. Grey’s writing style is how he writes his metaphors. They are incredibly vivid and lively. Every single one of them caught my attention in this story because they were so carefully put together. This was by far my favorite metaphor: “He looked like a butter pecan ice cream cone with delusions of grandeur.” Not only did it give me a perfect mental image of the character the narrator was describing, it also made me laugh!

I would have liked to see more attention paid to the main plot. While the subplots were interesting, some of them were discussed so regularly that they threatened to overshadow the series of murders that Dick is attempting to solve. The inclusion of so many different storylines would have worked better in a full length novel. It wasn’t very effective in something of this length, though.

The dialogue was well done. It sounded incredibly natural and conversational as I was reading it. I especially liked seeing how Dick spoke to all of the people he met during the course of his investigation. His conversations spurred both character and plot development in some pretty creative ways.

This book is the second in a series. It can be read on its own or out of order, although I would recommend also checking out The Butcher’s Son to readers who enjoyed this tale.

The Ninth Man is a good choice for anyone who likes mysteries set in the recent past.

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