Sentinels (Nameless Detective Mystery Series #23)

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A "worried mother" job takes "Nameless" to a California backwater, where college student Allison McDowell has disappeared with her mysterious new boyfriend on a drive from Oregon to San Francisco. And behind a simple missing-persons case lies a sinister—and deadly—conspiracy. "'Nameless' is a good man to walk you through the noir landscape."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "'Nameless' has become an American treasure.... A stunning and unique achievement in crime fiction."—Booklist "One of the best in ...
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Overview

A "worried mother" job takes "Nameless" to a California backwater, where college student Allison McDowell has disappeared with her mysterious new boyfriend on a drive from Oregon to San Francisco. And behind a simple missing-persons case lies a sinister—and deadly—conspiracy. "'Nameless' is a good man to walk you through the noir landscape."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "'Nameless' has become an American treasure.... A stunning and unique achievement in crime fiction."—Booklist "One of the best in the mystery-suspense field is Bill Pronzini."—Washington Post
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his 23rd Nameless Detective novel, Pronzini (Spadework) sends his PI out to do battle with racism in rural Northern California. Nameless this PI may be, but he's not changeless. Over the years, he's given up smoking and changed his eating habits. After a long relationship, he's even married his girlfriend, Kerry, although they maintain separate places. But Nameless is still a knight errant in the best PI tradition. Here, he leaves San Francisco to try to find Helen McDowell's missing daughter, Allison, a University of Oregon student who was driving home to visit and bringing with her a surprise. But she and her surprise, a black boyfriend, had car trouble in the tiny town of Creekside, Calif., on the Oregon border. Allison had called her mother, saying they should be on their way next day, but she never arrived. In his trademark taut style, Pronzini's detective relates his encounters with the isolated denizens of Creekside: the bully, the crazy, the aging hippie, the sullen waitress, the gin-soaked Bible-reading motel owners. In this fertile ground, white-supremacists have taken root, including a paramilitary group called the Sentinels. Pushing, prodding and provoking, Nameless counters the secretiveness of the townspeople, bringing out a little courage in this person, a little pride left in that one, the festering evil in another. There are no signs that age is diminishing Nameless: Sentinels shows both author and detective in top form. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The veteran author offers another installment in his popular "Nameless Detective" series. Here, a worried mother hires the private eye to find her college-student daughter. Skillful work.
Kirkus Reviews
Though the publisher maintains a demure silence on the point, this short novel is a lightly revised expansion of Pronzini's novella "Kinsmen," first published, together with long stories by Marcia Muller and Ed Gorman, in Criminal Intent 1 (1993). Here as there, the Nameless Detective (Hardcase, 1995, etc.) is on the trail of a missing University of Oregon student who vanished, together with the boyfriend she planned to bring home to her mother outside Oakland, shortly after their car broke down in that slice of God's country designated Creekside, Calif., pop. 112. Even readers new to the material should be able to guess what happened to Allison McDowell and her lover by the halfway point.

Those with memories of "Kinsmen" will find more words here, but not much else that's new.

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Continuing the popular series of novels, the "Nameless Detective" travels to a tiny northern California village to investigate what seems to be a simple disappearance, only to uncover a complex and far-reaching conspiracy of evil that threatens to destroy him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786710140
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Nameless Detective Mystery Series , #23
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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