The Crimes of Jordan Wise

The Crimes of Jordan Wise

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by Bill Pronzini
     
 

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Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered accountant with a large San Francisco engineering firm in the late 1970s. By his own admission, the first thirty-four years of his life were dull, empty. But that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Annalise Bonner, an ambitious young woman who craves excitement, a life on the edge.

With her as the catalyst, Wise

Overview

Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered accountant with a large San Francisco engineering firm in the late 1970s. By his own admission, the first thirty-four years of his life were dull, empty. But that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Annalise Bonner, an ambitious young woman who craves excitement, a life on the edge.

With her as the catalyst, Wise concocts and executes a meticulous plan to steal more than half a million dollars from his firm. They escape to the Virgin Islands, but their plans to live a life of quiet luxury are beset by unexpected pitfalls -- and Wise is forced to carry out two more ingenious schemes as a result. All three of his crimes are perfect -- or are they?

THE CRIMES OF JORDAN WISE is a classic tale of love, greed, betrayal,
and violence told with Bill Pronzini's characteristic twists and turns and his special brand of suspense. It is also a powerful psychological examination of a man, a woman, and the wages of sin.

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Allman
Like an expert fisherman, Pronzini spins out his yarn to its inevitable conclusion; there's only one way to end the old story of a lovesick sap and a dame whose appetites can never be satisfied. The Crimes of Jordan Wise is a neat piece of writing: James M. Cain by way of Jimmy Buffett.
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
Pronzini is one of the best contemporary mystery writers, and he knows his way around a sentence, but if you find yourself frustrated at the lack of action in the middle section of this novel, be patient. Jordan Wise is not a very likable character and his slutty, gold-digger girlfriend, Annalise, is even worse. Jordan, a meek accountant in San Francisco, hates his life and dreams of fleecing his company of thousands of dollars just because it would be easy to do. His dreams become reality when he meets Annalise, and her demands for money and adventure lead him to commit the first "perfect" crime. Fleeing to the Virgin Islands, Jordan soon finds that Annalise's love depends on how much money he showers on her, and she soon tires of the slow life on the islands. Pronzini weaves a tale that would lend itself perfectly to a movie, and it's one of the best Caribbean island stories you'll ever hear. Seldom has a book been better served on audio than this one; Richard Ferrone has the perfect pitch of weary resignation and suppressed anger that makes Jordan Wise a satisfying novel. The author's fans will be waiting to snap up his latest work.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The confessions of Jordan Wise, who maintains that he's committed three perfect crimes. In a nondescript Virgin Island bar, a bored writer has struck up a conversation with the only other customer. The writer's name is John Talley; his "rumpled, unshaven, rum-soaked" companion says his name is Richard Laidlaw, but it's not. At least it wasn't 28 years ago, and thereby hangs a dark and twisted tale that begins with a woman a man could well do dangerous things for: Annalise Bonner, an obvious heir of Helen of Troy. When Jordan Wise, aka Richard Laidlaw, meets her, it's love at first sight. For her, it's a mild attraction, and Annalise is not the girl for mild attractions or mild-mannered accountants. But she's wrong about this one. Because Wise must have her, he sets about snookering his firm out of $602,496-crime number one. After hearing in detail about the much gorier crimes two and three, Talley poses a key question: After all these years, has guilt triggered this amazing confession? Hardly, comes the answer. It's pride too long restrained, the justifiable pride one takes in perfectly wrought things. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786290987
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/06/2006
Series:
Thorndike Mystery Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Pronzini is the author of sixty six novels, including three in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Marcia Muller, and is the creator of the popular Nameless Detective series. A six-time nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award (most recently for A Wasteland of Strangers). Pronzini is also the recipient of three Shamus Awards. He lives in Northern California.

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Crimes of Jordan Wise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a bar in the Virgins Islands, the only two customers begin talking to one another. Richard Laidlaw informs writer John Talley that he has committed three perfect crimes in his life. Over rum he tells his tale that led to his committing murder. ---- Almost three decades ago when his name was different (Jordan Wise) and he was a simple quiet accountant he met Annalise Bonner, who could launch ten thousand ships with a smile. He fell in love, but she at best found him mildly attractive. He admits he obsessed over her and decided the key to her heart is money so he extorted $602,496 from his firm, his first perfect crime. That description of his first felony is followed up by two bloody images as he explains the motives behind perfect two and three that no one but he will have Annalise. Finally a drunk and stunned Talley asks Wise why he is confessing now and to him? Richard responds with the truth. ---- THE CRIMES OF JORDAN WISE is a fabulous Noir starring two strangers with the drunken writer somewhat sobering up as he hears the tale of his compatriot, a self proclaimed killer. Readers will like John become horrified and fascinated with Jordan¿s ¿confession¿ and wonder why tell now. In his umpteenth novel, Bill Pronzini shows why he is consistently been considered one of the best mystery writers of the last two decades. ---- Harriet Klausner