The Dream Ender (A Dick Hardesty Mystery, #11)by Dorien Grey
When rugged construction worker and biker Cal Hysong is killed, Dick knows the reason. Cal was widely suspected of deliberately spreading AIDS to other gay men. Like the rest of the gay community, Dick's initial reaction is "good riddance." But when Jake Jacobson and Jared Martinson, two of Dick's closest friends, become suspects, the case turns personal, and Dick sets out to clear them and find the real killer. His search takes him into the unfamiliar world of gay bikers and leathermen, and through a labyrinth of suspects, motivations, blind alleys and memorable characters.
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Little was known about it in the 70¿s even its name, AIDS, was just beginning to be recognized as a new terror. There was no test to determine its presents. Some are carriers and don¿t know it, while the medical world searches for answers--men are dying. Was the rumor that someone was deliberately spreading the disease true? If so it wasn¿t a crime--to the law at any rate, not yet. Or was the rumor spread only to close a popular gay bar and destroy its owner? Dick Hardesty is hired to find out. This book has strong overtones and undertones of the gay life. What it was and what it became because of the treat of AIDS. But its more--there¿s murder and mystery. In truth this is not a book I would normally pick up to read, but maybe because AIDS has touched my family as it has so many others, I found the story compelling and I had to read it to the end. Not for everyone, but it should be. Review by Wanda C. Keesey (author of Lost In The Mist release date May 2008)