Search Results: "Bill Pronzini"


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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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THE SPOOK LIGHTS AFFAIR by Marcia Muller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"The big mystery is transparent in its outline, and the details aren't interesting enough to keep one reading. Veterans Muller and Pronzini have done better work, both alone and in collaboration."
The year 1895 finds the partners of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services (The Bughouse Affair, 2013) working another pair of cases that turn out to be closely connected. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"More dutiful than inspired despite its range of duos: a missed opportunity for the editors—the genre's own reigning First Couple—and their readers."
Only a few of the 25 oddly-assorted pairs gathered here are romantic couples (Kelly Roos's Jeff and Haila Troy, Julie Smith's Skip Langdon and Steve Steinman); more often, they're colleagues professional (P.G. Wodehouse's Paul Snyder and Elliot Oakes, R. Austin Freeman's Thorndyke and Jervis, Lawrence Blochman's Dr. Coffee and Dr. Mookerji, Michael Gilbert's Calder and Behrens, Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, Edward Hoch's Sebastian Blue and Laura Charme, editor Muller's Rae Kelleher and Sharon McCone, editor Pronzini's Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon, Barbara D'Amato's Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis) or quasi-professional (Margery Allingham's Campion and Inspector Kenny, Stuart Palmer and Craig Rice's Withers and Malone)—or they're Holmes-and- Watson pairs (Hulbert Footner's Mme. Read full book review >

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HARD-BOILED by Bill Pronzini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"No matter how long your shelf of hard-boiled anthologies, you'll want this one."
Even though all 36 stories here are reprints, this anthology is notable, and highly desirable, for several reasons. 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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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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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 >