Schemers A Nameless Detective novel

Bill Pronzini

Book - 2009

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Published
New York : Forge 2009.
Edition
1st hardcover ed
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
302 p.
ISBN
9780765318190
0765318199
Main Author
Bill Pronzini (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gregory Pollexfen collects rare mystery books, and eight of his most valuable have been stolen. The police aren t paying much attention, prompting Pollexfen to file a claim with Great Western Insurance, which, in turn, hires semiretired San Francisco private investigator Nameless to work the case. Pollexfen is too rich to be suspected of an insurance scam, so Nameless focuses on the other members of the dysfunctional household: the gold-digging wife and her brother. In a parallel case Nameless partner, Jake Runyon, investigates the harassment of the Henderson brothers. Their father s grave was recently desecrated, and one of the brothers was attacked. The agency s third associate, research wizard Tamara, is floating on cloud nine with a new man in her life, but he may have his own secrets. The award-winning Pronzini has more than a little fun with the locked-room mystery about missing mysteries, but as usual, the most compelling aspects of the book are the personal backstories of Jake, Nameless, and Tamara. These characters evolve realistically from novel to novel, and readers savor their growth as much as the cases they investigate. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This is the 36th book (33 novels and three collections) to feature 2008 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Pronzini's anonymous hero, the Nameless Detective (Savages). His series features appealing heroes; in recent books, a second detective, Jake Runyon, works alongside Nameless, usually on his own case. The puzzles at the heart of the cases are well conceived (and well concealed). The plot winds its way through enough false starts to please the finickiest reader and finishes with a satisfying resolution. In this installment, Nameless has been hired by a wealthy bibliophile to solve a genuine locked-door robbery, which soon turns into a locked-door murder. Jake, meanwhile, hunts a stalker who seems to have no ties to the family he is pursuing. Their office dispatcher has her own personal drama to resolve. 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. Warmly recommended for mystery collections.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA [Page 100]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In MWA Grand Master Pronzini's 34th Nameless Detective novel (after 2008's Fever), his series sleuth takes on a challenging locked-room puzzle. When Gregory Pollexfen, a wealthy bibliophile, reports the theft of eight rare first edition mysteries from his collection, which he keeps in a secured room in his San Francisco home, Nameless investigates on behalf of the insurance company involved. The subsequent shooting death of the victim's ne'er-do-well brother-in-law in the locked library complicates the original case, though Pollexfen's wife, who was also in the sealed room and whose prints are on the weapon, is the obvious suspect. Meanwhile, a subplot in which Nameless's colleague, Jake Runyon, attempts to track down a stalker targeting a Los Angeles couple is notable only for Runyon's slow emergence from the emotional shell he developed after his wife's death. Since the two story lines aren't obviously compatible, readers may wonder why Pronzini decided to combine them. (Apr.) [Page 34]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Reluctantly agreeing to investigate the bizarre theft of a valuable rare mystery book collection, Nameless finds the heist inexplicably tied to a stalking case involving a pair of brothers who are being hounded by a twisted adversary who has decimated their father's grave. By the author of Savages.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Reluctantly agreeing to investigate the theft of a valuable rare book collection, Nameless finds the heist tied to a stalking case involving a pair of brothers who are being hounded by a twisted adversary who has decimated their father's grave.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Nameless wasn't supposed to come into the office on Mondays: he certainly wasn't supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera at Great Western Insurance - once upon a time a friend, now despised. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to take Rivera's case: a multimillionaire who collects rare books had reported the theft of eight volumes worth a half-million dollars.From a locked library. To which the collector has the only key.The books were all ultrarare detective fiction titles, making the crime a locked-room mystery about mysteries. Nameless soon realized why Rivera had called him: he expected to have the last laugh when Nameless failed to solve the puzzle.This particular Monday brought a second oddball case to the agency - the Henderson brothers were being stalked for unknown reasons. Someone had poured acid over their late father's headstone and his disinterred ashes, leaving behind a warning that this was just the beginning. Searching for peace of mind and the distraction of work, Jake Runyon, the agency's field operative, sets out to bring an end to the brothers' terror.The shrewd - and deadly - schemers with whom Nameless and Jake find themselves dealing will stop at nothing to achieve their ends.Including murder - both in and out of locked rooms.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A new Nameless Detective story from the 2008 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master...A locked room mystery that goes from stolen books to stolen lives and the hunt for a phantom stalker with a penchant for pouring acid to make his point give Nameless and his partner Jake more than enough work to earn their fees—as long as neither turns his back at the wrong moment. Nameless wasn’t supposed to come into the office on Mondays; he wasn’t supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera—once a friend, now despised—at Great Western Insurance. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to meet with him. The investigation was relatively simple: a multimillionaire rare books collector had reported the theft of eight volumes, worth a half million dollars. From a locked library. To which he has the only key. The books were all crime fiction and suspense--a locked room mystery about mysteries. This ordinary Monday brought a second oddball case. The Henderson brothers were being stalked. Someone had dug up the ashes of their late father and poured acid over them, then destroyed the headstone the same way, and left a sign warning that this was just the beginning. Searching for peace of mind and the distraction of work, Jake Runyon is more than happy to bring an end to the brothers' terror.