Search Results: "Bill Pronzini"


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BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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THE VIOLATED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Prozini's stand-alones are frequently less formulaic and more sensitive than his trademark Nameless Detective franchise (Zigzag, 2016, etc.). This one doesn't scale the heights of his finest work, but fans won't feel let down either."
Will the execution-style murder of a suspected rapist heal the wounds in a California town or tear them open even further? Read full book review >

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STRANGERS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"The detection is routine and the real killer forgettable, but Pronzini (Camouflage, 2011, etc.) keeps his biggest and saddest surprise in reserve for the final pages. Don't quit reading just because you've found out whodunit."
The Nameless Detective, whose name is Bill, leaves the Bay Area and drives to far-off Mineral Springs, Nevada, to go to bat for a troubled kid he's never met. Read full book review >

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STEP TO THE GRAVEYARD EASY by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Pronzini, who seems to be saving his writing muscle for his Nameless endeavors, coasts on pulp dialogue and stereotypes in this short-story-inflated-to-a-novel."
Inexplicably engineering matters so that his wife will find him in bed with a tootsie and kick him out, Matthew Cape empties his savings account of $26,000, splurges on a '91 yellow-and-black Corvette (six-speed, with all the extras and a new glass top), and heads for the open road, helping out strangers along the way and stopping as the whim takes him—a change of life that lands him in the lobby of a plush San Francisco hotel where a blond looker, a ringer for his wife, named Tanya Judson, bamboozles him into a poker game with her alleged brother. Read full book review >

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IN AN EVIL TIME by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 2001

"Unimpressive work from a usually reliable pro (Nothing But the Night, 1999, etc.)."
Putting his Nameless Detective and his common sense on hold, Pronzini raids the endangered woman's cupboard and dredges up Angela Hollis, a gal with awful taste in husbands. Read full book review >

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ILLUSIONS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Characteristically overblown but solid midgrade work from Nameless, even if the old guy (now pushing 60) is awfully full of illusions for a veteran of 23 earlier cases."
Think the death of the Nameless Detective's (Sentinels, 1996, etc.) embittered ex-partner Eberhardt will finally close the book on the bad blood between the two? Read full book review >

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VIXEN by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2015

"Judging from Nameless' superlatives, in fact, you'd think he'd completely forgotten the women who drive the plot of Camouflage (2011), only four titles back in this venerable series. What a shame that Cory is just as forgettable."
The Nameless Detective's so deeply impressed by the femme fatale who hired his agency and did them dirt that he devotes a prologue comparing her to such legendary vixens as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Cora Papadakis, Matty Walker, and Catherine Tramell. Not so fast, Nameless.Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A tight, twisty tale that an old pro's sure-handed way with character makes both believable and engrossing."
The Nameless Detective (Savages, 2007, etc.) sits this one out while Pronzini dances up a storm with a younger version. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMES OF JORDAN WISE by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"After 66 novels, including the distinguished Nameless Detective series (Nightcrawlers, 2005, etc.), Pronzini's energy seems undiminished and his cool intelligence as appealing as ever. But this is quintessential noir. Gentler readers proceed accordingly."
The confessions of Jordan Wise, who maintains that he's committed three perfect crimes. Read full book review >

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WITH AN EXTREME BURNING by Bill Pronzini
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"The first, grief-soaked half is less florid and more quietly affecting than most of Pronzini's Nameless Detective books (Demons, 1993, etc.), though the story kicks into autopilot with the unmasking of the revenge plot against Katy and her friends."
Three weeks after his wife Katy's death in a fiery car crash, the harassing phone calls Bay Area history teacher Dix Mallory has been getting take on a much more sinister tone: The caller boasts that he had been Katy's lover for three years before she died. Read full book review >