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Product Details

  • Series: Nameless Detective (Book 40)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Verity Daniels recently inherited a considerable sum and decides to live the good life in San Francisco. But life isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. Someone is threatening to harm her unless she gives them $10,000. She’s distrustful of the police so she hires Nameless’ detective agency to deal with the threat. With Bill, the agency owner, on temporary leave to deal with the recent trauma his wife experienced (Hellbox, 2012), the case falls to Jake Runyon. The client seems more flirty than terrified, and Jake proceeds warily. A couple of aborted money drops later, Jake finally abandons the case after he rebuffs Daniels’ aggressive sexual advances. She sues, alleging he was the aggressor. As annoying as lawsuits can be, they don’t compare to a murder charge, which is what Runyon faces after Daniels is found dead with a button from Jake’s sport coat clenched in her fist. Bill swings out of partial retirement, and Tamara, the office manager and Internet whiz, shifts into overdrive to help their beleaguered colleague. What they find is a string of embittered former lovers and a fiancéwho likely committed suicide rather than deal with Daniels’ wrath. There isn’t a significant award for crime fiction that Pronzini hasn’t won, and this is a fine sample of his work. His core of protagonists continues to evolve, his plotting is always masterful, and his shifting narrative viewpoints add additional context to the work. Never, ever miss a Nameless case. --Wes Lukowsky


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“Can doing first-rate work as consistently as Pronzini really be as effortless as he makes it seem?”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The Nameless series continues to be a wonder of great plotting, long-term character development, and insight into the chilling banality of evil.”
Booklist, starred review

For Schemers

“Pronzini is a pro at PI fiction: he never cheats on the reader, respecting the conventions of the hard-boiled detective stories and puzzle mysteries he employs so well.”
Library Journal

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"Nameless" fans will say Nemesis is the best in a great series.
I really enjoyed the way the novel is broken up into three parts, each telling a section from Runyon's, Tamara's, and finally Nameless's point of view.
Mel Odom
She assigns Verity Daniels's case to private investigator Jake Runyon, who visits Ms. Daniels at her exclusive San Francisco condominium.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Nemesis is Bill Pronzini's 38th Nameless novel, and it marks 35 years that the fictional private eye has been on the bookshelves and in the hearts of mystery lovers.

I read the first book, The Snatch, when it came out in paperback back in 1971. I was 13 years old at the time and I was disappointed that Nameless wasn't as action-packed as Raymond Chandler, Lew Archer, and Travis McGee, but there was something endearing and enduring about the character. In the beginning I loved the mentions of the old pulps Nameless collected, which hardly gets mentioned at all these days, because I was reading my share of Doc Savage and The Shadow at the time too. I was still learning about those old magazines, and I soaked up every bit of knowledge I could.

As I grew older, though, I kept reading the Nameless books, still drawn to the character for shifting reasons. Strangely enough, I began to grow old enough to understand him and his world, and finally am old enough to truly appreciate all that he's been through and all that he's seen. Picking up a Nameless novel is like sitting down over coffee with a dear friend you seldom see (only once a year for the most part).

Nemesis comes on the heels of Hellbox, last year's offering. A year has passed in the real world, but only months have passed for Nameless and Kerry and the rest of his crew. Everyone is still dealing with fallout from Kerry's kidnapping.

This book strikes really close to home on several fronts. While Nameless and Kerry try to get back to some semblance of normality, Runyon is dealing with a fading romance and Tamara has an old lover easing back into her life. These ongoing problems (not resolved in this book) are part of what makes this series so organic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By iBeth on July 21, 2013
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You can't go wrong with a Nameless Detective book, or with any book by Bill Pronzini for that matter. So glad he hasn't retired the series, because it's still great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clm on July 31, 2013
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The plot was a bit thin, and it was really too fast of a read to get 5 stars. Still, Pronzini is a good enough writer that I can give it 4 stars. But what stayed with me was the end -- say it ain't so! Sounds like Nameless is retiring. Pronzini has aged his protagonist appropriately as his novels have been published, so it does make sense. But still...maybe we'll see him make cameo appearances in stories that focus on the others in the agency. I think Jake Runyon can fill his shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on August 12, 2013
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The latest Nameless Detective novel by Bill Pronzini picks up a few months after the events of "Hellbox", last year's instalment. If you've read "Hellbox", you'll know that Nameless' wife Kerry went through a traumatic ordeal that mirrored Nameless' own predicament in "Shackles". The event has left Kerry traumatized, and Nameless is just as affected, waking up in the middle of the night from nightmares that bring his own ordeal back most vividly. As a result, Nameless has gone on a more permanent retirement from his detective agency, being involved as more of a consultant now.

This gives control of the agency to Tamara Corbin and Jake Runyon, Nameless' partners. As the new novel, "Nemesis", opens, Jake goes to the home of Verity Daniels. She's a relatively young woman who recently inherited a fortune, but apparently someone has it in for her. This mysterious person has been calling her and making threatening extortion demands. Jake agrees to take the case, but right off the bat something about Verity seems odd. She seems to be in some sort of trouble, and yet she's oddly uncooperative and jeopardizes the whole operation. Jake begins to investigate Verity Daniels more thoroughly, and that's about all I dare reveal about the book.

The only unsurprising twist in Nemesis is the very first one, and it takes Jake Runyon a while to figure it out. To be fair, he berates himself for not having seen it before, but it's the only truly predictable moment, but I don't think it was ever meant to be a major shock. After this point, so much stuff goes wrong and the plot twists and turns constantly. Every time it seems like the worst has happened, something even worse happens. It makes for compelling, exciting reading: I read this book in only two days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristofer Upjohn on August 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This latest addition to the NAMELESS DETECTIVE series proves the trope: Sexy lady clients are always bad, bad news for private detectives. Verity Daniels is no exception. This client, whose first name does not suit her, is bat guano nuts, to say the least. Her quivering damsel in distress tale of extortion and threats turns out to be a whole lot of something else entirely. The case stinks from the get go and only gets worse from there. P.I. Jake Runyon does his all to help the loony lady only to suffer intimately the ancient truth that no good deed goes unpunished. Feisty investigator Tamara, back at the office, is none too pleased with the b*tch breaking her buddy's b*lls and puts her nose to the grindstone to haul his butt from the fire. Then there's Nameless, aka Bill, whose first person narrative constitutes the third and final section (epilogue not included) of this gripping mystery. It holds on harder than my hands clasped the book. The alternating point of view technique works wonders in author Bill Pronzini's skilled hands, shifting through two sections of third person narrative, each with a different character at the focus of that portion of the tale, and seguing to first person for Bill's third act gumshoe heroics. The unconventional if not entirely original method of storytelling is never forced. The story flow is flawlessly focused and almost demands that its baton be handed off from character to character. The sequencing is perfect. The pacing is brisk, with first page claims to the reader's attention. The characters are all likable and Pronzini brings them to life better than ol' Doc Frankenstein ever thought about. The plot is streamlined and the tale is swift. Get caffeine. You'll give up sleep.

Forge, 320 pp., hardcover, $25.99
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