Search Results: "Bill Pronzini"


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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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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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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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QUARRY by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"Add to this the unappealing wedding-mania that partner Eberhardt is experiencing and the outcome is bathos—plus reader annoyance."
When Grady Haas, depressed and uncommunicative, moves back in with her dad, he asks Nameless to find out what's wrong. 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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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 >

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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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SLEUTHS by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Just in case this isn't enough variety for you, there are four Nameless stories too."
The creator of the Nameless Detective (Illusions, 1997, etc.) also wrote about plenty of detectives with names. 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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EPITAPHS by Bill Pronzini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Oversimple but exquisitely rendered—from the disillusioned goombah to the despairing Nameless, at a loss as to how to keep his partner Eberhardt from calling it quits (he can't)."
Good news for ``Nameless'' fans: He's finally quit brooding/whining/obsessing about that time in the cabin (cf. Read full book review >

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THE CASEBOOK OF SIDNEY ZOOM by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2006

"Part avenger, part detective, Zoom is a fascinating link between the dozens of earlier action heroes Gardner created (The Danger Zone, 2004, etc.) and the suavely bare-knuckled Perry Mason."
Ten adventures of Sidney Zoom, a one-man justice league who sallied forth from his private yacht to walk the mean streets in the early 1930s. 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 >