by Bill Pronzini
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Hellbox 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel, the latest in a long list in the Nameless Detective series, finds the protagonist with a name, Bill, along with his wife Kerry, in the foothills of the Sierras looking for a vacation home. Reference is made to an earlier entry in the series when Bill was chained to a wall and kept captive for three months. In the current book, Kerry is kidnapped by a completely unappealing character named Pete Balfour and kept bound and locked up in a shed while Bill, with the help of his employee Runyon, searches frantically for her. It is an uncomplicated plot, unlike other novels in the series which are pretty much basic police procedurals. There is little character development, although we get a good look into Bill’s psyche and his emotional attachment to Kerry. As far as the other major character, Balfour, he appears as just a wooden portrait, and any description of him as a personality is merely to provide information that he’s just an evil person. Readers have become accustomed to hard-boiled detective stories, with mysteries that are to be solved by hard slogging, research and deep undercover work by Nameless and his team. Obviously, “Hellbox” is an exception, although the intensity of the writing remains at the same high level of the author’s previous efforts. But it just ain’t the same, even though it is a fairly good read, and one can recommend it on that basis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My least favorite of his books. Over 400 pages with one storyline.