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Donald Strachey is asked to investigate the suspicious death of Paul Haig by three different people-Haig's homophobic mother, his ex-lover, and the psychiatrist hired to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Just as he gets started, however, all three remove him from the case, leaving Strachey with a brutal murderer that now everyone wants left alone....

Title : Shock to the System
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ISBN : 9781560237174
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 173 Pages
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Shock to the System Reviews

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2018-09-09 22:48

    4,5 GOOOOOOD stars!I think, it's my favorite sequel until now. I have EVERYTHING I needed:* A tricky case => an interesting mystery* A big mouth Don full of ideas => he confirmed anew his regular place in MY FAVORITE PIs LIST! * TIMMY IS BACK => witty dialogues! I enjoyed their communication with Don! * Great writing! => clever and entertaining!What can I add? I'm a big fan of the series! Period.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2018-09-09 15:43

    Book 5 of the Donald Strachey series and the best so far for me.I really enjoyed this mystery. When I first started reading this series I wasn't quite sure I liked Don but as the series has developed so has Don. He seems a lot clearer about his role as a PI and his reputation has grown. He has an uneasy but functional relationship with the police and a deeper awareness about his own behaviour and quirks. Best of all his relationship with Timmy is on a firm footing and the two have a lovely partnership, with Timmy being forthright and wise and Don observing this wisdom but cutting corners just the same.This book shows that Don is becoming a renown PI, so renown that three different people want him to investigate a murder dressed up to look like suicide.And Don does this, pulling apart the lies and half-truths and shadows, shining light on all kinds of convoluted activity and behaviour until the crime is solved. And he does this with humour and a caustic wit.And the ending was interesting but I couldn't see it coming although it was kind of obvious that it would eventually end in such a way.This is a great series. It manages to explore really interesting murder mysteries whilst at the same time exploring the life of the mystery solver. It just makes for such an entertaining read.

  • Josh
    2018-08-29 15:47

    Excellent detective work, wit, and one of the most charming romantic duos in GLBT mystery.

  • Neet
    2018-09-07 16:09

    This is the 5th book in the Donald Strachey mysteries. We find our intrepid PI with a possibility of 3 clients wanting him to hire the same case for different reasons.The case is that of Paul Haig who supposedly committed suicide several months by pills and alcohol and who all three perspective clients think he was murdered.Paul's mother who is a alcoholic and a homophobe,thinks her late son's boyfriend killed him for his money.The ex boyfriend,Larry Bierly not only has an alibi when his Paul was killed,but puts thinks that the psychologist that run a clinic to turn gays straight did Paul in.The psychologist,Dr.Crockwell(aptly named),thinks he's being set up.Don is his usual smart ass self,and I found myself laughing at his wisecracks.Tim is also in good form and I just love this couple.It's a good read and a highly recommended series!Also,another reason I love this book is that annoying and homophobic Detective Bowman is forced to take an early retirement after he makes an inappropriate comment.Won't say who it is,but so glad this neanderthal is gone from the series.

  • Dilo Keith
    2018-09-13 21:52

    I love this series. No time to write a review other to say this might be my favorite so far.

  • Adam Dunn
    2018-09-12 15:45

    This one is about gay conversion therapy, something I don't even like to think about, but Stevenson makes it palatable. Another great story, and for the first time the culprit is actually one of the suspects, instead of a random third party, so it's all looking up. Very enjoyable read.

  • Misty
    2018-09-13 16:43

    ** 4.5 Stars **

  • Richard
    2018-09-07 21:43

    Not bad, but certainly not as good as the last two in the series. Stevenson picks a hot, controversial topic (ex gay programs) but somehow the story just never quite reaches the page turning intensity of Third Man Out. Strachey's dry cynicism is as entertaining as ever, and Timmy's characterization gets better with every book. The same can't be said of the suspects-they are pretty colorless and stereotypical. The "ex-gay" therapist is so over the top homophobic he makes Rick Santorum look moderate. The victim's mom is a lush straight out of a Lifetime movie. In the end I didn't really care about any of them, or the victim, and the solution was a real let down. It comes down to-as in Third Man Out, Stevenson has an agenda to explore a controversial issue affecting the gay community. The difference is that in Third Man Out, the agenda served the story. In Shock to the System the story serves the agenda, and both are weaker as a result. It's not unenjoyable by any means, but Stevenson is capable of much better.

  • Antonella
    2018-09-25 22:55

    ((Read in 2009, reread for a challenge in January 2016))Great mystery, I really couldn’t guess who was the culprit. As witty as usual, because of Don’s deadpan humor, and also some funny facts (for ex. Don has three perspective clients ready to hire him for the same case and then all of them change of mind in the same day) or several details about the minor characters. There are many of them also because people of an ex gay therapy group might be involved in the case.The subject of the reparative therapy (or conversion therapy) makes me sad and angry. Even though in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association removed “homosexuality” from its official list of mental disorders, only California, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Illinois, and Oregon ban conversion therapy on minors. But those bills only apply to licensed therapists, that is «conversion camps» are still a reality. Here some infos.

  • Sheila
    2018-08-25 18:05

    Wow. I don't know how I feel about the tone of this book--it seemed even more cynical than the others to me--and there's a lot of the plot that was completely excised when they went to do the movie, which I can't really argue with. Still, watching Don Strachey's brain work is always an interesting time, and I love how Timmy as his conscience continues to develop, to the point where he doesn't even need Tim in the room to know what he's thinking.

  • Jane
    2018-09-25 21:56

    I'm not too keen about the whole "I've got a terrible secret, true, but it's not relevant to the case, honest, you've got to believe/trust me" spiel half the characters in Shock to the System are sprouting so that was one determent for me to fully enjoy the book.

  • Writerlibrarian
    2018-09-07 14:54

    This is the second title I received in the series and even if it's the fifth book in the series, I couldn't wait. I just went ahead and started to read. It's a good read too. A complex web of intrigue centered on the death of Paul Haigh, who may or may not have committed suicide 8 months after going thru and quitting a controversial therapy curing homosexuals. You follow the plot and just go along for the ride. Pretty nice ride.

  • Paul
    2018-09-01 18:46

    This one was really interesting, as this was the film I remembered (at least I think it did) and the story was very different. Interesting how old the characters in the book are - in their late forties - curious to see where this goes next.

  • Molli B.
    2018-09-09 17:43

    Another 5-star Strachey, this time with a look at secular-based conversion therapy for adults in the mid-90s.I love Stevenson's writing. It's definitely overtly humorous ("Female sheep," he bleated) while at the same time sharp and observant. And I really love Don and Timmy. ♥

  • Neet
    2018-09-09 22:58

    See paperback edition review.

  • William Freeman
    2018-09-06 20:59

    Hadn't read a Richard Stevenson novel for ages. I enjoyed good who dunnit with some interesting twists. Ethical interests gay issues relevant to the mid 90's all in all an enjoyable light read.

  • Michael Adam Reale
    2018-08-25 17:58

    Richard Stevenson has done another remarkable job in breathing life into another of my favorite characters, Private Investigator Donald Strachey. A great mystery, a marvelous read.

  • Chris
    2018-09-02 20:51

    Good gay mystery in which Don tries to figure why a guy who'd dropped out of an ex-gay program ended up dead.

  • Gilliam
    2018-09-11 23:09

    Another entertaining Strachey whodunnit that succeeds on the strength of the author's wit and character building.

  • Joe Scholes
    2018-09-13 20:09

    Another quick read, with a reasonably good story. It was all investigative, though, no action sequences, so it was kind of dull.

  • Montana
    2018-09-15 21:55

    The new MLR Press editions, at least the ebook versions, have a disappointing number of typographical problems, both minor and major.