Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pretty Boy Dead based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Steve Archer, not yet twenty, is the son of an ambitious and successful black doctor with intentions of entering politics. However Steve does not share his fathers outlook, in turn his behaviour does not meet with his father's approval; they fall out over Steve's intimate activities first with another boy, and then in an attempt to redeem himself, with a white girl. The story opens though with Steve returning to his lover, blue eyed pretty boy Jesse Coy Randol, the night after they had an argument to find the place swarming with police and Coy dead in a pool of blood; Steve is arrested for his murder. Then the story goes back to recount events leading up to the tragedy, his relationship with his family, the girl he gets pregnant, the boys he falls in love with, and his desire to be a successful writer and those who try to help him towards dream, until the story come full circle and then becomes detective thriller.Well written, Hansen's no nonsense prose nonetheless rich in description, Pretty Boy Dead is a thoroughly engrossing story. Filled with fascinating, believable and often appealing characters; Hansen has a way of making all his young men and their activities interesting. Steve the main protagonist , confused, resourceful, often impetuous, but sincere and with an inborn decent moral ethic struggles to do what is right despite all his problems. Everyone falls in love with Coy in spite of his faults.A moving story of love and redemption combined with a well crafted detective who-dunnit, Pretty Boy Dead is a compelling read ¿ one of Hansen's best.