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Fever (Nameless Detective Mystery Series #32) [NOOK Book]

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Nameless had told Mitchell Krochek that he’d do whatever he could to find his missing wife, Janice. She’d run away before—propelled by a gambling fever that grew ever higher—and Mitch had always taken her back. This time, when Nameless, his partner Tamara, and the agency’s chief operative Jake Runyon finally found her in a sleazy San Francisco hotel, she demanded a divorce.

 

A few days later, a beaten and bloody Janice stumbled into the agency begging to go ...

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Fever (Nameless Detective Mystery Series #32)

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Nameless had told Mitchell Krochek that he’d do whatever he could to find his missing wife, Janice. She’d run away before—propelled by a gambling fever that grew ever higher—and Mitch had always taken her back. This time, when Nameless, his partner Tamara, and the agency’s chief operative Jake Runyon finally found her in a sleazy San Francisco hotel, she demanded a divorce.

 

A few days later, a beaten and bloody Janice stumbled into the agency begging to go home. No one is surprised when, soon after her homecoming, she disappears again.

 

But gambling addiction has a way of twisting things, and the blood on Mitchell and Janice Krochek’s kitchen floor was a card off the bottom of the deck.

 

Janice is missing again, Mitchell is the prime suspect, and as Nameless searches for the truth behind her disappearance, he uncovers a vicious racket that preys on gambling fever victims…

 


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Once again Pronzini, soon to be designated an MWA Grand Master, captures the quiet despair of his characters' lives in the 33rd entry in his noirish whodunit series featuring the Nameless Detective (after 2007's Savages). Mitchell Krochek, who's worried about the gambling addiction of his wife, Janice, hires Nameless to trace Janice, who's disappeared for the fourth time in four years. When Jake Runyon, Nameless's associate, traces Janice to an apartment hotel near their San Francisco office, Nameless and Jake decide to honor Janice's request not to reveal her location to her husband. Later, a battered Janice shows up at the detective agency's office, where she agrees to go home, only to vanish again amid circumstances strongly indicating foul play. In an affecting subplot, Jake investigates the mysterious beating of a devoted churchgoer's son.A This insightful novel will appeal to those who like the mean streets portrayed with understatement and subtlety rather than gory violence. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
In the Nameless Detective's twisty, fast-paced latest (Savages, 2007, etc.), he proves that he can still track lost ladies with the best of them. Mitchell Krochek's wife has disappeared, and he wants her found. So Nameless dons his gumshoes and goes to work. Soon enough he discovers that locating Janice Korchek is a lot easier than getting her to return. For starters, she's all but stripped her husband bare of assets since degenerating into a classic compulsive gambler-horses, cards, slots, anything she can place a bet on-hopelessly in thrall to her raging addiction. Enter QCL (Quick Cash Loans), a company whose target clientele is needy gamblers who can be readily turned into profit centers. Janice, desperate for money, has become a useful QCL call girl. Inevitably, she turns up badly beaten but won't identify her assailant. While Nameless presses on with the Krocheks, Jake Runyan, the firm's star field investigator, deals with a far stranger assignment involving Jekyll and Hyde behavior by a young man whose sudden personality change puzzles and dismays those who love him. When it's finally explained, Nameless concludes warmly, "We get the damnedest cases."Pronzini is such a quiet writer that he tends to be undervalued, but he shouldn't be.
From the Publisher
“His novels are cerebral, not bloody. There is violence, but of a muted sort, and none of it is gratuitous… The ‘Nameless Detective’ novels are a thinking reader’s detective series.”—The 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.”—Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“One of the greatest-ever detective series.”—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429951289
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: "Nameless" Detective Novels , #32
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,115,880
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author


Bill Pronzinis novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. A Wasteland of Strangers was nominated for best crime novel of 1997 by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers Association; in addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.


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