Search Results: "Bill Pronzini"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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THE DANGER ZONE by Erle Stanley Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2004

"'Flight into Disaster,' a 1952 yarn, seems included to prove that Gardner (Honest Money, 1991, etc.) never developed as a writer; his gifts for lightning-fast movement and antiestablishment insouciance were there from the beginning, and he rode them hard till the very end."
Eleven pulp reprints resurrect detective heroes coeval with the first decade of Perry Mason. 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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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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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 >