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Spook: A "Nameless Detective" Novelby Bill Pronzini
Synopses & Reviews
Roll out the red carpet. Uncap a bottle of decent beer. Nameless is back, and Bill Pronzini's much-praised Bleeders did not conclude a series that Booklist calls "a stunning and unique achievement in crime fiction" and "one of the greatest-ever detective series." Instead, in Spook, the pivotal new twenty-eighth novel in the remarkably successful award-winning Nameless series, Pronzini, working at the top of his form, takes his seasoned private-eye hero to a new phase of a still-evolving thirty-year career. Shaken after a hair's-breadth escape from death, Nameless has made changes in his professional life, but he's not put himself out to pasture. Again he enters San Francisco's shadowy underworld, this time in a search for the identity of a gentle, mentally disturbed homeless man who has been found dead in an alley doorway. Clues are few, but eventually they bring the Nameless Detective to the small California town that drove the nameless victim tragically to murder and madness.
"Pronzini's writing in Spook is so seemingly effortless that you're never bored. The story, while not told at a breakneck pace, moves along at a good clip....The plot is not the book's strongest point. But then again, who would have believed that Sam Spade and Brigid O'Shaughnessy would chase after a statue of a falcon? It's the characters and setting that keep you reading." Kathleen Hennrikus, The Boston Globe
"Nameless...is back with renewed vigor, in fact with his dad-blasted best outing in years....Nameless fans will find their hero cheerier than usual — for him, downright upbeat — and they'll love him that way." Kirkus Reviews
"Nameless is slowing down...while the central plot of this 28th book in the honored series is one or two twists short of exciting....Pronzini can still capture the sleazy underside of San Francisco's glitz as quickly and as well as anyone, so, Nameless lives — at least for one more book." Publishers Weekly
"Nameless fans will once again savor the engaging plotline, carefully drawn characters, and subtle humor....A fascinating entry in a series that continues to redefine noir fiction even as it honors its roots." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"A traditional, hard-working P.I., shifting narrative perspectives, and recognizable San Francisco characters and settings will ensure reader demand for this long-running series addition." Library Journal
Nameless is back, and Pronzini's much-praised Bleeders did not conclude a series that Booklist calls a stunning and unique achievement in crime fiction and one of the greatest-ever detective series. Instead Spook takes his seasoned private-eye hero to a new phase of a still-evolving 30-year career.
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