Kinsmen A "Nameless Detective" novella

Bill Pronzini

Book - 2012

"Allison Shay was traveling home from the University of Oregon with her new boyfriend, Rob Compton, when their car broke down near the tiny rural town of Creekside, California. Soon after, Allison and Rob went missing without a trace. Whatever happened, it felt like something bad to the Nameless Detective. Five days without a whisper of contact with the outside world. Long past the inconsiderate-kids stage; long past the silly and the harmless. Kinsmen takes Bill Pronzini's classic pri...vate investigator to California's northeast backwoods, where an isloated community is determined to keep a deep, dark secret: why Allison Shay and Rob Compton really vanished. The real question facing the Nameless Detective: are they still alive?"--Dust jacket flap.

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Published
Baltimore, Md. : Cemetery Dance Publications 2012, c1993.
Edition
1st ed., Cemetery Dance Publications ed
Language
English
Item Description
"Trade hardcover edition"--Dust jacket flap.
Physical Description
185 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN
9781587672668
1587672669
Main Author
Bill Pronzini (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Mystery master Pronzini has won three Shamuses and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America as well as being named a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. This installment in his 36-volume series featuring the "Nameless Detective" dates to 1993. The anonymous PI here investigates the disappearance of two college students—boyfriend and girlfriend—in the California boonies. Are the kids holed up somewhere for a marathon of partying and sex or are their corpses rotting in a hole? (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A missing-persons case takes Pronzini's San Francisco PI to California's sparsely settled northeast corner in this taut novella first published in 1993 and later expanded into the 1996 novel, Sentinels. Marian Shay retains the gumshoe after her college-age daughter, Allison, who was driving from the University of Oregon to her home in the Bay Area with a new boyfriend, goes missing. Marian knows nothing about the boyfriend, adding another layer to the disturbing mystery of Allison's whereabouts. Allison and boyfriend were last seen at a motel in the town of Creekside ("population 112"), where their car broke down. Nameless has a bad feeling about the answers he'll find, which is enhanced by the less than friendly reception he gets from the motel proprietor and other locals he interviews. Pronzini's lean prose effectively moves the action along, capturing the feel of a close-knit community like Creekside. (Dec.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The Nameless Detective investigates the disappearance of college students Allison Shay and Rob Compton who vanished when their car broke down in a rural California backwoods town.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Allison Shay was traveling home from the University of Oregon with her new boyfriend, Rob Compton, when their car broke down near the tiny rural town of Creekside, California. Soon after, Allison and Rob had gone missing.Whatever happened, it felt like something bad to the Nameless Detective. Five days without a whisper of contact with the outside world. Long past the inconsiderate-kids stage; long past the silly and the harmless.Kinsmen takes the Nameless Detective to California's northeast backwoods, where Creekside is determined to keep a deep, dark secret: why Allison Shay and Rob Compton really vanished.The real question facing him: are they still alive?