The Hangings

The Hangings

by Bill Pronzini
     
 

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The sleepy town of Tule Bend came alive with terror after a drifter was found hanging. The constable knew his job was on the line if he didn't do something. When more swinging bodies appeared he knew he had to move fast because he was next on the hangman's list.

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The sleepy town of Tule Bend came alive with terror after a drifter was found hanging. The constable knew his job was on the line if he didn't do something. When more swinging bodies appeared he knew he had to move fast because he was next on the hangman's list.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rivalling Quincannon and Pronzini's other western mysteries, his latest conveys the atmosphere of small-town northern California in the late 1890s. The constable of Tule Bend, Linc Evans, describes eerie events set off by the hanging of a stranger, Jeremy Bodeen, followed by that of his brother when he arrives in town after being wired the bad news. A third hanging brings no clue to the apparently invisible hangman's identity nor hint of the reason for the crimes. Accused by the sheriff and the mayor of dragging his feet, Linc hunts the elusive killer while also taking time to visit his secret sweetheart, Hannah Dalton. Hannah and her only female friend, Mrs. Jubal Parsons, are both considered ``scarlet women'' by Linc's sister and her envious clique. Ashamed of not courting Hannah openly, Linc learns a lesson from the denouement, a real shocker. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612320953
Publisher:
Speaking Volumes, LLC
Publication date:
08/04/2011
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Pronzini is simply one of the masters. He seems to have taken a crack at just about every genre: mysteries, noirish thrillers, historicals, locked-room mysteries, adventure novels, spy capers, men's action, westerns, and, of course, his masterful, long-running Nameless private detective series, now entering its fourth decade, with no signs of creative flagging.

He's also ghosted several Brett Halliday short stories as Michael Shayne for Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine, and has managed to collaborate with such fellow writers as John Lutz, Barry Wahlberg, Collin Wilcox and Marcia Muller.

Still, if he never ventured into fiction writing, his non-fiction work, as both writer and editor, would still earn him a place in the P.I. genre's Hall of Fame. Besides his two tributes to some of the very worst in crime fiction (what he calls "alternative classics"), Gun in Cheek and Son of Gun in Cheek, and one on western fiction (entitled Six Gun in Cheek, naturally), he's the co-author (with Marcia Muller) of 1001 Midnights.

The Mystery Writers of America have nominated him for Edgar Awards several times and his work has been translated into numerous languages and he's published in almost thirty countries. He was the very first president of the Private Eye Writers of America, and he's received three Shamus Awards from them, as well as its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

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