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“[He] is the classic private-eye hero pared down to the bone: He has no identity except for his detective work, into which he pours all his skill and soul. He is a remarkable creation.” Chicago Sun-Times on Nightcrawlers
“The...reader's involvement with 'Nameless' and his problems continues to increase in intensity, making the series succeed on an emotional level rare in the field. He towers over most of the competition.” Jon Breen, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine on Nightcrawlers
“No one is better at finding the links between tricky homicides than 'Nameless' and no one is more poetic in relating the details of a case; [Pronzini's] crisp language renders a blood-spattered room almost beautiful.” Booklist on Nightcrawlers
Tight writing and an unromantic portrayal of the work of a PI distinguish Shamus-winner Pronzini's solid 32nd entry in his Nameless Detective series (after 2006's Mourners). Distracted by wife Kerry's bout with breast cancer, Nameless is reluctant to return to work in his San Francisco office, especially when a former client, Celeste Ogden, seeks to retain his services again. Several years earlier, Ogden had hired Nameless to dig into the background of her sister's fiancé, a software mogul named Brandon Mathias, but the gumshoe's close scrutiny failed to uncover anything fishy. Now, Ogden's sister has died in a fall at her home, and Ogden wants Nameless to prove that Mathias killed her. Despite a less engaging subplot in which one of Nameless's associates tracks down an arsonist, this installment is sure to please series fans. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
San Francisco detective Nameless is asked by a former client to look into the death of her sister, who was trapped in an unhappy marriage. Althought the death had been ruled an accident, Nameless soon finds himself stymied by ethical questions and lack of evidence. Meanwhile, Jake Runyon, a partner in Nameless's agency, is trying to serve a subpoena and gets caught in a case of serial arson and murder. It is hard to find a better crime writer than Pronzini, and his understanding of feminine angst as well as male motivations has made this one of the best detective series ever. Pronzini has won or been nominated for every award known to mystery fiction. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Marcia Muller. [For an interview with Pronzini and Muller, see Mystery, LJ7/06.-Ed.]
Jo Ann Vicarel
In the 31st of this respected series (Mourners, 2006, etc.), the Nameless Detective returns to a case he once thought of as hopeless. Nameless has been feeling, well, useless. Under the stewardship of his energetic young partners, his agency hums along with no apparent need of its erstwhile linchpin. Or so he tells himself on his bleaker days, like the one on which Celeste Ogden phones and phones again. He certainly remembers her case, though without pleasure. Shrewd, sharp-tongued, unpleasant Mrs. Ogden had been sure Brandon Mathias, her widowed older sister Nancy's fiance, was a plausible rogue and wanted Nameless to dig up preventive dirt. He tried, failed, was fired-and Nancy married the groom from hell. Now, four years later, Mrs. Ogden is calling to report a new development: her sister's death. Officials call it an unfortunate accident, but Mrs. Ogden knows murder when she sees it, and this time around, she informs Nameless, he's honor-bound to prove it. Meanwhile, a four-hour drive from their San Francisco headquarters, field op Jake Runyan has also taken a case he views dimly. Are the two connected? Is justice finally served in either? Instead of "Happily ever after," Nameless concludes: "You tell me."Written and plotted with Pronzini's usual care: the kind of work that restores faith in the genre.