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Nightcrawlers
Bill Pronzini
0765349256
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Conceived as a lone-wolf sleuth, prowling the fog-embraced hills and criminal redoubts of modern San Francisco, Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective has evolved over the course of 29 novels into a semi-retired family man and mentor to two younger operatives, neither of whom seems any more capable of staying out of trouble than Nameless was in his prime. Fortunately, Nightcrawlers (the sequel to Spook) packs enough grim drama and emotional traumas to go around.

A couple of short-fused homophobes are putting the hurt on gay men in the city's Castro district, and among their victims is Kenneth Hitchcock, the elder lover of investigator Jake Runyon's estranged 22-year-old son, Joshua. So, for professional as well as personal reasons, the widowed Runyon takes an interest in these attacks, connecting the bashers to an underage...



O Is for Outlaw
Sue Grafton
0449003787
January 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Wise-cracking, staunchly independent, and chronically curious, Grafton's gritty gumshoe Kinsey Millhone is back. This time, the alphabet series star will take on the toughest case to date: her past. What begins as a random phone call from a "storage space scavenger" (someone who buys the contents of defaulted storage units) leads Kinsey to a box of old papers and personal effects that her ex-husband, Mickey Magruder, left behind. Inside, she finds a 15-year-old unsent letter from a bartender that, among other things, reveals her former hubby was having an affair. The letter also contains details about the murder of a transient--a crime for which Mickey was blamed. Although never convicted, Mickey was ruined--losing his job, wife, and friends. But 15 years later, Kinsey realizes that foul play may have been involved in the...


Hard Boiled
Bill Pronzini
019510353X
May 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Prolific anthologist and mystery writer Pronzini (the Nameless Detective series) and Adrian (Detective Stories for the Strand) have compiled a superb anthology of gritty crime fiction. Grouped by decade, from the 1920s to the '90s, the stories sample some of the best crime writers, many of whom cut their teeth on pulp, including Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain), James Ellroy, Andrew Vachss and Lawrence Block. Some of the older tales, like Hammett's plot-heavy, trick-ending "The Scorched Face," haven't aged well. Others, like Macdonald's "Guilt-Edged Blonde," a Lew Archer story, and Leonard's "3:10 to Yuma," a taut tale of a marshal escorting a convicted robber to prison, still impress in this account of the evolution of an American...


Beyond the Grave
Marcia Muller
0786706503
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
The bestselling author of The McCone Files teams up with the creator of the "Nameless Detective" for a collaborative mystery that bridges the San Franciscos of 1894 and 1986. Muller and Pronzini masterfully parallel the investigations of turn-of-the-century detective Quincannon and Chicana amateur sleuth Elena Oliverez.


Starvation Camp
Bill Pronzini
042518305X
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
After months of a harsh Yukon winter, a man's hunger can drive him to desperation, delusion, even murder.

"Stylish writing." (Publishers Weekly)

"An unerring eye." (Kirkus Reviews)


Felonious Assaults
Bill Pronzini
0727842315
Aug 1991
Hardcover
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Illusions
Bill Pronzini
0735102228
Mar 2001
Hardcover
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The New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio
Think you're depressed? Read a Bill Pronzini mystery featuring his "Nameless Detective"--a San Francisco private eye who I guarantee is more depressed than you are.... The parallel investigations offer prime examples of Pronzini's ace plotting techniques ... and if you can take the mood swings, Nameless is a good man to walk you through the noir landscape. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile
This Pronzini mystery, a combination of tough-guy bravado and big soft-heartedness, offers challenges even to an accomplished reader. Narrator Nick Sullivan is fantastic; each character is a unique individual. His female voices are particularly effective and enjoyable each time any of the women...


Scenarios: A Nameless Detective Casebook
Bill Pronzini
1410402053
October 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
Nameless, the compassionate San Francisco PI, first appeared in "It's a Lousy World" in 1968. Since then he has been the subject of 28 novels and more than 40 short stories. This collection of 14 stories, presented in chronological order, spans the entire 35 years of Nameless' life in print. Clever plots are a Pronzini trademark, but what has etched Nameless so indelibly in the hearts of readers is his steady progression from lonely middle age to respectable family man in his mid-sixties. That entire process is relected here. Highlights include "Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern" and "The Ghosts of Ragged-Ass Gulch," in which Nameless confronts a rural community violently opposed to a powerful real-estate developer. Longtime fans will treasure the compressed overview of Nameless' life provided by these carefully arranged...


100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories
Robert Weinberg (Editor)
1566191076
December 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Match wits with great detectives, devious criminals, and some of the finest minds in the all-time annals of detective literature. From crime-suspense (Tom Curry's "The Sign") to hard-boiled fiction ("A Hand of Pinochle") to modern noir ("Soul's Burning" by Bill Pronzini), the scope of these 100 detective stories is as wide as the tales are short. They're the brainchildren of such top names as James M. Barrie ("The Adventure of the Two Collaborators"), O. Henry ("The Mystery of the Rue de Peychaud"), Charles Dickens ("An Artful Touch"), Bret Harte ("The Stolen Cigar-Case"), Jack London ("The Leopard Man's Story"), R.L. Stevens ("The Carnival Caper"), Stephen Deninger ("Damsel with a Derringer"), Nick Spain ("Duck Behind that Eight-Ball!"), and countless others. There's even one by Abraham Lincoln, "The Trailor Murder...


The Hangings
Bill Pronzini
0754082172
Apr 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Rivalling Quincannon and Pronzini's other western mysteries, his latest conveys the atmosphere of small-town northern California in the late 1890s. The constable of Tule Bend, Linc Evans, describes eerie events set off by the hanging of a stranger, Jeremy Bodeen, followed by that of his brother when he arrives in town after being wired the bad news. A third hanging brings no clue to the apparently invisible hangman's identity nor hint of the reason for the crimes. Accused by the sheriff and the mayor of dragging his feet, Linc hunts the elusive killer while also taking time to visit his secret sweetheart, Hannah Dalton. Hannah and her only female friend, Mrs. Jubal Parsons, are both considered "scarlet women" by Linc's sister and her envious clique. Ashamed of not courting Hannah openly, Linc learns a lesson from...


Burgade's Crossing
Bill Pronzini
0843953810
October 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Nightcrawlers
Bill Pronzini
0765309319
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Conceived as a lone-wolf sleuth, prowling the fog-embraced hills and criminal redoubts of modern San Francisco, Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective has evolved over the course of 29 novels into a semi-retired family man and mentor to two younger operatives, neither of whom seems any more capable of staying out of trouble than Nameless was in his prime. Fortunately, Nightcrawlers (the sequel to Spook) packs enough grim drama and emotional traumas to go around.

A couple of short-fused homophobes are putting the hurt on gay men in the city's Castro district, and among their victims is Kenneth Hitchcock, the elder lover of investigator Jake Runyon's estranged 22-year-old son, Joshua. So, for professional as well as personal reasons, the widowed Runyon takes an interest in these attacks, connecting the bashers to an underage...



The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels: 13 Espionage Masterpieces, Complete and Unabridged, from W. Somerset Maughan, Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner and Others ( The Mammoth Book Of Series)
Bill Pronzini (Editor)
0786715049
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From award-winning editor Bill Pronzini comes The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels-a classic book updated for spymasters. Thirteen outstanding spy and espionage novellas, complete and unabridged, are gathered here in one terrific volume. They represent a specially chosen collection from the most accomplished writers in the field, including W. Somerset Maugham on Ashenden, his operative in World War I and Ian Fleming on 007 in the Caribbean, as well as Leslie Charteris, Erle Stanley Gardner, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and John Jakes, among others. These works span more than seventy-five years of espionage writing in the United States and England, and feature secret agents, counterspies, and double agents in settings from Japan to the former Eastern Bloc, and from World War I onward.


Mourners
Bill Pronzini
0765309327
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The 30th outing for Pronzini's legendary Nameless Detective (after 2005's Nightcrawlers) exhibits many of the strengths of his earlier adventures. Unfortunately, it also suffers from some of the diffuse softness of recent books about the San Francisco PI, especially when it dwells on the private lives of Nameless and his two colleagues. The Nameless books of old were noteworthy for their compressed sadness and anger and for the sharpness of their hero's tradecraft. Those qualities are present to some degree in Nameless's current case involving a wealthy financial consultant, James Troxell, who suddenly starts attending the funerals of women, all strangers who died violently. And Shamus-winner Pronzini can still whip up a descriptive storm in just a few words. "The Good Life, with all its attendant perks,"...


Burgade's Crossing
Bill Pronzini
0786267038
July 2004
Large Print Hardcover
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Book Description
Former U.S. Secret Service Agent John Frederick Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter, the widow of a Pinkerton detective, have joined forces to form the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services. Quincannon would like for them to join forces in other ways as well, but his partner valiantly resists. Their adventures take them all over the American West in the 1890s, into some highly specialized areas rendered with absolute authenticity in this rare blending of Western and detective fiction. Available only in Western 14.


O Is for Outlaw
Sue Grafton
0375406611
October 1999
Compact Disc
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Book Review
Wise-cracking, staunchly independent, and chronically curious, Grafton's gritty gumshoe Kinsey Millhone is back. This time, the alphabet series star will take on the toughest case to date: her past. What begins as a random phone call from a "storage space scavenger" (someone who buys the contents of defaulted storage units) leads Kinsey to a box of old papers and personal effects that her ex-husband, Mickey Magruder, left behind. Inside, she finds a 15-year-old unsent letter from a bartender that, among other things, reveals her former hubby was having an affair. The letter also contains details about the murder of a transient--a crime for which Mickey was blamed. Although never convicted, Mickey was ruined--losing his job, wife, and friends. But 15 years later, Kinsey realizes that foul play may have been involved in the...


The Alias Man
Bill Pronzini
0786268204
Aug 2004
Large Print Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Best known for his long-running (four decades) Nameless Detective series, the prolific Pronzini centers his latest stand-alone around three angry women who have all been duped by the same bigamist con man. Known variously as Burt Cord, Allan Cooney, Frank Court or Scott Collins, he has a penchant for willowy blondes with money—he marries them, bleeds them dry, then disappears. It's a good scam that begins to unravel when the latest victim, Jessie Keene, falls for his act then has doubts about her rather odd and too-ardent lover, and the most recent wife, Morgan Cord, finds fake passports and photographs of her husband with other women. Joined by British Columbian bookseller Sarah Collins, the women nickname their victimizer Alias Man and decide to hunt him down and turn him over to the police. There's a...


Blue Lonesome
Bill Pronzini
0802775616
June 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this top-notch thriller, the author of the Nameless Detective series combines the best elements of the psychological novel and the traditional whodunit and delivers them in classic noir tones. This hero has a name, Jim Messenger. He's a quiet, lonely CPA who becomes obsessed with an even lonelier woman he sees in the San Francisco neighborhood cafe where they both eat their solitary dinners. When "Ms. Lonesome," as he calls her, commits suicide, Messenger seeks to learn her real identity and the cause of her fatal melancholy. The search leads him to the small Nevada town of Beulah, where the locals fear his questions about two past killings and urge him, sometimes violently, to get out. The dead woman's sister, Dacy, overcomes initial skepticism about Messenger, turning her local knowledge and feisty...

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