The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence

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by Bill Pronzini
     
 

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A scintillating new thriller by one of the masters of the genre, following his Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

"When Geena finally left him and filed for divorce, Fallon put the Encino house up for sale and took the last two weeks of his vacation from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Liberty and drove straight to Death Valley. The desert

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A scintillating new thriller by one of the masters of the genre, following his Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

"When Geena finally left him and filed for divorce, Fallon put the Encino house up for sale and took the last two weeks of his vacation from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Liberty and drove straight to Death Valley. The desert country had a way of simplifying things. It cleansed your mind, allowed you to think clearly. Allowed you to breathe. The one place he truly belonged."

So opens Bill Pronzini's exciting new thriller. On his third day in the Valley, Rick Fallon comes upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon soon learns what had driven her to give up on life…and, his own life on hold, he resolves to unravel the twisted and dangerous strands of hers, a quest that leads him to the glitter-dome of Las Vegas among other locales. The result is a story as dramatic and memorable as anything Pronzini has written, reminiscent of his classics Blue Lonesome and A Wasteland of Strangers. In The Other Side of Silence, Bill Pronzini is indeed a Grand Master.

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“A tight, twisty tale that an old pro's sure-handed way with character makes both believable and engrossing.” —Kirkus
Publishers Weekly

The client: a woman in peril. The case: a missing person. The hero: an investigator. The complication: thugs and secrets. MWA Grand Master Pronzini (The Crimes of Jordan Wise) has used this recipe effectively for nearly four decades, including in this highly competent, if somewhat mechanical, suspense novel set in Las Vegas and California's Mohave Desert. While camping in the desert, Rick Fallon, a corporate security officer whose marriage has finally crumbled in the wake of his son's accidental death, comes across Casey Dunbar, who's tried and failed to kill herself after months of fruitlessly searching for her young son, who's been abducted by her ex-husband. Fallon empathizes with the woman, and what follows is a good old-fashioned search-and-capture mission with all the usual Pronzini virtues: a simple yet disciplined prose style; a strong, multilayered central character; and a compelling plot that builds to a nice little closing twist. (Oct.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The Nameless Detective (Savages, 2007, etc.) sits this one out while Pronzini dances up a storm with a younger version. Rick Fallon is a bedrock loner. The awful accident that robbed him of his young son has left him disenchanted and disaffected, resulting in a painful divorce from his equally disenchanted, disaffected wife. So Fallon seeks solace in the heat and silence of Death Valley, a place he's always loved, "a place made for loners." He finds a new direction for his life with unexpected suddenness. On a remote, little-traveled road, he comes upon Casey Dunbar's abandoned car with a note that begins, "I can't go on any more." He saves her life, earning at first little enough thanks. Casey, it turns out, has also lost a son. Casey's eight-year-old has been kidnapped by his father, not because cruel, unregenerate Court Spicer has any feeling for the boy, but because he's determined to punish his wife. For Casey, it's been a long, expensive, fruitless chase, and she's worn out. Fallon, a former military cop, decides to make the boy his mission without knowing why. Maybe it's just a case of one lost boy reaching out to another, leaving a bereft father with no choice. A tight, twisty tale that an old pro's sure-handed way with character makes both believable and engrossing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802717139
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Bill Pronzini is the author of 70 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, and two-time nominee for the International Crime Writers Association's Hammett Prize (for A Wasteland of Strangers and The Crimes of Jordan Wise), Pronzini is also the recipient of three Shamus Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in northern California.

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The Other Side of Silence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed prior Pronzini mysteries and didn't hesitate to recommend the author, I was disappointed in this latest novel. The hero, Fallon, just didn't come off as having any more judgment or adult thought processes than any twelve year old living today. Having worked for a purportedly major company in a senior capacity, at a salary/savings big enough to take a lengthy leave of absence, I expected him (Fallon) to be smarter. Tho' the plot and initial situation felt real, the reactions and thought processes of Fallon seemed juvenile, dumb and not very plausible. I will continue to get explore Pronzini's books, but I will get samples before I commit to the expense of purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since his son¿s death and the consequential breakup of his marriage, corporate security specialist Rick Fallon is a loner. Thus when he goes camping in the Mohave Desert, he goes by himself. In fact he selects an isolated section of Death Valley so climatically anti-human no one will disturb him. However to his chagrin he is not alone as he finds an abandoned car with a suicide note on it. Frantic Casey Dunbar has given up on life after spending the past few months futilely searching for her eight year old son, abducted by his father, her former husband Court Spicer. Rick finds her and saves her life to her bitterness and outrage. She explains that adding to her frustration and hopelessness is the knowledge her ex spouse couldn¿t give a sh*t about his offspring instead his objective is to destroy her, which he has succeeded in doing. Rick offers to investigate Casey accepts as their encounter in Death Valley brings both back to life. --- Starring a named detective, THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE is a terific investigative thriller with a great low-keyed final spin. The cast is fully developed especially Rick and Casey. Although mostly straightforward investigating, fans will fully appreciate the great Bill Pronzini¿s strong tale. --- Harriet Klausner