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Femme: A "Nameless Detective" Novella Hardcover – August 14, 2013
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The book is typical "nameless," a hardboiled tale set in a realistic modern world with a detective agency that does insurance investigations and skip traces besides the juicy stuff of mystery novels. Unlike the hardboiled dicks of the movies, these detectives worry about legal niceties like breaking and entering and client privilege.
Being grounded in reality adds to the attraction of this series. FEMME is shorter than most "nameless" works (it's billed as a novella) but it is just as powerful. Mr. Pronzini's novels usually intertwine at least two ongoing cases, since the firm has three operatives and an all purpose secretary. In this case the sole focus is on Cory Beckett, her borderline psychotic brother, her rich lover Andrew Vorhees, and her new lover Frank Chaleen.
As always with Mr. Pronzini, the story moves swiftly. The characters are well drawn but never bog down the action. And the powerful ending always gives a few unexpected twists.
It remains for Jake Runyon, Nameless' associate, to find the brother, and when he does, various questions and suspicions arise. It is left for the two private detectives to bring this noir story to a satisfactory conclusion. This is a carefully constructed tale about a seductress, leading up to a rather bizarre conclusion. A fast read, it can be finished in a single sitting. That is not to say, be assured, that it is not a worthwhile read, and it is recommended.
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Nameless meets Cory Beckett, a woman whose sexuality smolders, and which seems to cower all men that she meets. It seems that Kenneth, her brother, has done a bad, bad thing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
I'm a "nameless" fan going all the way back. This is a fair nameless story, but it should not have been marketed as a stand-alone hardcover book. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by James Wm Roberts