The Other Side of Silence [NOOK Book]

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The sunbaked expanse of Death Valley is a great place to visit but a bad place to die in this breathtaking thriller from acclaimed master of suspense fiction Bill Pronzini

Rick Fallon has reached the breaking point. His wife left after their son’s tragic death, and Rick finds himself without purpose. He seeks out the peace and tranquility of the desert, setting up camp in ...
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The Other Side of Silence

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Overview

The sunbaked expanse of Death Valley is a great place to visit but a bad place to die in this breathtaking thriller from acclaimed master of suspense fiction Bill Pronzini

Rick Fallon has reached the breaking point. His wife left after their son’s tragic death, and Rick finds himself without purpose. He seeks out the peace and tranquility of the desert, setting up camp in Death Valley. On his fourth day there, Rick comes across an abandoned car. Inside is a woman on the brink of death, beaten and blistered by the sun.
 
Her name is Casey, and her young son has been kidnapped by her ex-husband. After fruitlessly searching for him for months, Casey has decided to end it all. But Rick is determined to make her mission his own, even if it means risking his life. He’s been given a chance to atone for one of his greatest regrets; no amount of danger can stop him now.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781504011099
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
  • Publication date: 5/19/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 535,416
  • File size: 698 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Pronzini has published seventy-nine novels, thirty-eight of which feature the Nameless Detective, Americas longest-running PI series, begun in 1971. He is also the author of four nonfiction books and three hundred fifty short stories, and the editor of numerous anthologies. Among his many awards is the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, presented in 2008—a distinction he shares with his wife, crime novelist Marcia Muller, the 2005 Grand Master recipient. The couple lives in Northern California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    OK, but different

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    terific investigative thriller

    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

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