Betrayers A Nameless Detective novel

Bill Pronzini

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New York : Forge c2010.
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
272 p. ; 22 cm
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Bill Pronzini (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Even in partial retirement, the nameless detective can't extinguish his investigator's instincts. His wife, Kerry, finds a small stash of cocaine in their adopted daughter's bedroom. Emily says it's not hers. Nameless believes her but is determined to find out who would ask a child to hold drugs. In the meantime, Nameless' partner, Tamara, is still smarting from an encounter she had with a con man. Through a mutual friend, Tamara learns the con man has been approaching members of the black community, raising money to help black home owners avoid foreclosure. Exposing the scam would be sweet revenge, indeed. The firm's third associate, Jake Runyon, is involved in what seems to be a simple bail-jump case that reveals itself to be much more deadly. As Nameless inches closer to retirement, Pronzini has taken to giving readers three cases per novel, one involving each of the agency's three principals. And, as always, each case reveals a little more of each character, which at this stage of the series—more than 30 novels plus short stories—is the greatest pleasure of all. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this latest installment in a long-running series, betrayals motivate Nameless and his fellow agency detectives. Shamus Award winner and MWA Grand Master Pronzini lives in Northern -California. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

MWA Grand Master Pronzini's Nameless Detective series is showing its age in the tepid 35th entry featuring the unnamed San Francisco PI (after 2009's Schemers). In the book's less than compelling first case, Nameless looks into a dispute over real estate that may be connected with a campaign of harassment, which includes a ghost and a cat poisoning. Nameless's side inquiry into how his daughter ended up with a box of cocaine in her bedroom doesn't raise the temperature much either. Meanwhile, one of his two partners, Tamara Corbin, pursues a private matter--tracking down the man who called himself Lucas Zeller when he slept with her. In another unrelated case, Nameless's other partner, Jake Runyon, goes after a bail jumper. Pronzini offers only superficial character insights, as shown by Tamara's realizing in the end that "she'd learned some things, some hard lessons. About men and relationships, about professional ethics and self-protection, about herself." (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An investigation of a former lover leads Tamara to a charity-targeting scam, while Nameless's assistance of an elderly woman reveals ugly family agendas and Runyon's search for a bail jumper leads him to make a wrenching choice.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An investigation of a former lover leads Tamara to a charity-targeting scam, while Nameless's assistance of an elderly woman reveals ugly family agendas and Runyon's search for a bail jumper leads him to make a wrenching choice. By the Shamus Award-winning author of Snowbound.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

We’re told that there are seven deadly sins; not on the list is the deadliest of them all: Betrayal. For each of the detectives at the agency, a betrayal—personal, against a child, against the elderly—becomes not only the driving force behind an investigation, but the source of the kind of resolve that cannot be derailed by threats of any kind.Tamara’s case began as something personal but explodes as her investigation of her former lover Lucas Zeller leads to a scam bilking charities in the name of helping the homeless and indigent. For Nameless, with a case he doesn't want but can't turn down, trying to find out who is gaslighting an old woman only exposes the ugly side of family. When he goes home, tired and annoyed, he discovers that his adopted daughter, Emily, has a secret of her own. Runyon has a different difficulty: his case of a bailjumper with some bad family ties is easy enough as these things go, but he’s being confronted by a demon that is going to try to force him into a betrayal….Three people who care, three people devoted to helping others trying to help themselves, three people finding themselves in a world of hurt because of the betrayers.