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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NEMESIS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2013

"Smooth, readable, not top-notch Pronzini, but better than much of the noir material out there."
When a stalwart of the Nameless Detective Agency is jailed on homicide charges, his co-workers spring into action. Read full book review >

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CAMOUFLAGE by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Can doing first-rate work as consistently as Pronzini (Betrayers, 2010, etc.) really be as effortless as he makes it seem?"
The Nameless Detective Agency must cope with a clutch of monsters, all members of the gentler sex. Read full book review >

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SAVAGES by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2007

"Written and plotted with Pronzini's usual care: the kind of work that restores faith in the genre."
In the 31st of this respected series (Mourners, 2006, etc.), the Nameless Detective returns to a case he once thought of as hopeless. Read full book review >

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ODDMENTS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Oddments' is right."
These 14 previously published stories (from EQMM, AHMM, etc.) include a cornball go-round for Nameless ("The Big Bite") in which he outsmarts one client and outdumbs another; a long yawn for Gilded Age sleuths John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter ("The Highbinders") that has them dodging Tong feuds, sniffing out opium dens, and locating a pilfered corpse; and a dreary SF adventure ("And Then We Went to Venus") that drags along to a last-line meltdown. Read full book review >

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BLUE LONESOME by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"744, etc.) turns in a spare, beautifully controlled retake on Bad Day at Black Rock that's a- twang with piercing loneliness from the title to the last sorry secret."
For three months jazz-loving accountant Jim Messenger has watched the woman he's dubbed Ms. Lonesome order the same supper in San Francisco's Harmony CafÇ and leave every night without talking to him or anyone else. Read full book review >