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Bindlestiff: A "Nameless Detective" Mystery Paperback – Large Print, March 2, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786248769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786248766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,401,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In 1971, author Bill Pronzini was only 27 when he wrote The Snatch, building on a shorter and different version of the story that appeared in the May 1969 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine under the same title. With the publication of this book, one of detective fiction's great characters was born with full fledged power and authenticity. If you have not yet read the Nameless Detective novels by Mr. Pronzini, you have a major treat ahead of you. Many of these are now out-of-print, so be sure to check your library for holdings in near-by cities.
The Nameless Detective is referred to that way because Mr. Pronzini never supplies a name until Twospot, several books prior in the series, when police lieutenant Frank Hastings tells what his poker playing friends call Nameless, employing a first name. But it's never acknowledged by Nameless that this is his name . . . so it's probably a nickname. That name is not then used again until much later in the series in Nightshades. You can learn about why Nameless has no name in an author's note in Case File, which precedes Bindlestiff in the series.
Mr. Pronzini presents a world in which people take evil actions to further selfish interests, and many innocents struggle because of that selfishness. The police and private investigators suffer along with the victims, for evil-doing has painful consequences for everyone. Mr. Pronzini's plots are complex, yet he provides plenty of clues to help you identify the evil-doer on your own. Despite the transparency of many of the early plots, he successfully uses plot complications to keep the action interesting and fresh. Beginning with Labyrinth, the plots become less simple.
But the reason to read the books is because of the character development for the Nameless Detective.
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Format: Paperback
This book starts off at a bit slow but once the case begins it is a non stop fast paced quality read until the end. The basic plot of this novel is a private detective on the poverty line who has just got his suspended licence back is approached by a woman to find her father Charles Bradford. She has a clipping from a newspaper story with a photo of him living as a hobo amongst other homeless men who travel the freight trains for work. The case seems pretty simple but once at the train yards it becomes apparent that violence and murder may make finding Charles a lot harder and that secrets from the past will put a whole new spin on things.

This is an excellent short fast and simple read. I highly recommend it.
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