Search Results: "Bill Pronzini"


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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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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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ZIGZAG by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Proficient but routine work."
Two brand-new novellas and two reprinted short stories test the semiretired Nameless Detective's ability to close cases—and the gentle reader's taste for new wine in old bottles. Read full book review >

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BETRAYERS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"Solid as ever, with funny, ballsy Tamara continuing to buff her role as designated scene-stealer."
Thirty seven titles into their series (Schemers, 2009, etc.), the Nameless Detective and his mates get to work on some cases that are beyond personal. Read full book review >

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FEVER by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"Pronzini is such a quiet writer that he tends to be undervalued, but he shouldn't be."
In the Nameless Detective's twisty, fast-paced latest (Savages, 2007, etc.), he proves that he can still track lost ladies with the best of them. Read full book review >

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MOURNERS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"The only faces that won't be sad are those of fans of plotting and narrative drive, who'll rejoice in a case that's close to flawless."
Happy faces are in short supply once more as the Nameless Detective sets out on his 30th walk on the dark side (Nightcrawlers, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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MORE ODDMENTS by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"You decide."
Of these 14 stories originally published in AHMM, EQMM, and their ilk, half date from the 1970s, when Pronzini was still struggling with his craft. Read full book review >

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BLEEDERS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"After so much good work, his 28th outing (In an Evil Time, 2000, etc.) finds Nameless lifeless."
Is this the end of the Nameless Detective? Read full book review >