A Nameless Detective Novel

"Nameless" Detective Novels (Volume 36)

Bill Pronzini

Forge Books

A new Nameless Detective story from the 2008 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master...

A locked room mystery that goes from stolen books to stolen lives and the hunt for a phantom stalker with a penchant for pouring acid to make his point give Nameless and his partner Jake more than enough work to earn their fees—as long as neither turns his back at the wrong moment.

Nameless wasn’t supposed to come into the office on Mondays; he wasn’t supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera—once a friend, now despised—at Great Western Insurance. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to meet with him. The investigation was relatively simple: a multimillionaire rare books collector had reported the theft of eight volumes, worth a half million dollars. From a locked library. To which he has the only key. The books were all crime fiction and suspense--a locked room mystery about mysteries. 

This ordinary Monday brought a second oddball case. The Henderson brothers were being stalked. Someone had dug up the ashes of their late father and poured acid over them, then destroyed the headstone the same way, and left a sign warning that this was just the beginning. Searching for peace of mind and the distraction of work, Jake Runyon is more than happy to bring an end to the brothers' terror.

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The cemetery was just outside the Los Alegres city limits, big, sprawling, divided into older and newer sections built on rolling slopes. Plenty of trees and ground cover throughout. No night caretaker, no regular patrols, only a few night lights widely spaced. Gates locked at night, but the fences around it were six feet high and not topped by anything dangerous. Country road that ran along the front mostly deserted after midnight. No side roads. No houses anywhere in the vicinity. One tree-shadowed turnout toward the west end where you could park without


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Praise for Bill Pronzini:

“One of the best in the mystery-suspense field."--Washington Post Book World

"One of the greatest-ever detective series."--Booklist

“The Nameless Detective novels are a thinking reader’s detective series.”--Chicago Sun-Times

"There is no living writer whose work more faithfully embodies the spirit of classic private-eye fiction than Bill Pronzini's.  [It is] classy, classy noir storytelling."--The  Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"San Francisco's allegedly semi-retired Nameless private eye and his colleagues investigate the disappearance of a gambling-addicted wife and the inexplicable beating of a young straight-arrow computer consultant.  Complexity of characterization, puzzle, and theme support the case for Pronzini as the finest American detective novelist in current practice.--Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine




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  • Bill Pronzini

  • Bill Pronzini's novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. In addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel and the PWA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, the Mystery Writers of America named him Grandmaster.  He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.

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A Nameless Detective Novel

"Nameless" Detective Novels

Bill Pronzini

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