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Hellbox (Nameless Detective Novels) Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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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 on Camouflage
“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 on Camouflage
“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 on Schemers
“Pronzini's crisp and wry style gives the latest installment of the Nameless series page-turning flair.” ―RT Book Reviews on Schemers
About the Author
BILL PRONZINI has been nominated for, or won, every prize offered to crime fiction writers, including the 2008 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It is no wonder, then, that Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine said of him: "Complexity of characterization, puzzle, and theme support the case for Pronzini as the finest American detective novelist in current practice." He lives and writes in California, with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.
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The central character is Pete Balfour, who has to be one of the most offensive fictional characters that I have encountered. He's a cowardly mean slob who beats his wife. He has no friends. Everybody he knows despises him. An insensitive man calls him a demeaning name. This epithet is quite offensive. It's one we have all heard and most of us, I am sure, have, on occasion, been on the receiving end of this insult. But not to the extent suffered by Pete Balfour. The whole (small rural northern California) town starts calling him this name, mocking him without mercy.
Balfour is outraged and he plots revenge against the man who started it all. Along comes a retired San Francisco detective and his wife to the area, planning to buy a cabin for a second home. They have never met Balfour, but they definitely do meet him in the course of this novel.
This is the first book that I have read by Bill Pronzini. He writes in a steady, clear manner. He has a good sense of humor. He has done his homework on the subject of human nature.
does not disappoint. perhaps not the best in the series,it is nevertheless a suspenseful
and gripping read. a real page-turner! I liked it.