Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be

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Title: Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be
Publisher: Venice Place Press
Author(s): Dawnwind
Cover Artist(s): Lorraine Brevig
Date(s): August 2008
Medium: print zine
Genre: slash
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
External Links: Online here.
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cover art by Lorraine Brevig

Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be is a 169-page slash Starsky and Hutch novel by Dawnwind. The cover art is by Lorraine Brevig and interior art is by Julie H.


After Hutch is shot and ballistics matches the bullet to a shooting eight years earlier when he and Starsky were rookies, Starsky works to unravel both crimes and deal with his fear and emotions for Hutch. Seriously injured, Hutch is shocked by a surprise visit from someone from his past, as well as a slow-growing discovery that he's in love with someone he never expected--Starsky. Unknown to him, Starsky is struggling with the same slow-growing discovery. Past and present clash in both their private and professional lives. Can Starsky solve the reason behind Hutch's shooting? Can both Starsky and Hutch reach beyond being partners on the street and best friends to something more? Which past events shaped their lives? And if time alters perceptions of what is happening, is it ever possible to really know the truth?

Inside Sample

Reactions and Reviews

wow. what a satisfying story that was to read. i'm so impressed with the detail here and then the wonderful sweetness... and the beautiful consummation at the end. these boys deserve one another and all the love they can muster. well done, truly. [1]

It is such a well-written and well-presented story...lots of action and excitement, coupled with spot-on portrayals of the boys, h/c, an entire package of a fabulous story! You sure know how to pull of the elements into a story that packs a punch for the reader, and your writing is a treat to read. So well done!! [2]

Dawnwind is one of the fandom's most beloved writers. She has a way with a story that drags you right in and makes you want to read more. In this novel, Dawn explores one of canon's mysteries: Why did Hutch call his ex-wife Vanessa AND Nancy? The answer is wrapped up in an intriguing case story about drug smuggling, about old friends and old enemies. After Hutch is shot, Starsky's investigation leads to a case that they had been involved in almost a decade ago. [3]


  1. ^ by youtooblondie at Starsky & Hutch Archive, May 13, 2011, accessed November 19, 2012
  2. ^ by Angel at Starsky & Hutch Archive, posted April 28, 2011, accessed November 19, 2012
  3. ^ a 2011 rec at Crack Van