Zigzag A nameless detective collection

Bill Pronzini

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Series
Pronzini, Bill. "Nameless Detective" mysteries.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Forge 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
271 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765381033
0765381036
Main Author
Bill Pronzini (-)
  • Zigzag
  • Grapplin'
  • Nightscape
  • Revenant.
Review by Booklist Reviews

This collection of two original novellas and two reprinted short stories is a treat for fans of Pronzini's iconic detective hero, Nameless. The first novella, Zigzag, finds the semiretired Nameless taking on what seems to be a routine traffic-accident case in which the two principals disagree on the circumstances. Interviewing witnesses in Sonoma County, Nameless follows a lead that turns up two dead bodies. Routine accident investigation? Not so much. In Revenant, the other novella, Nameless is hired by Peter Erskine, a stock trader, who swears he and his wife are being stalked by the vengeful ghost of a man who died as the result of a car accident in which Erskine was involved. Nameless isn't buying the ghost part but feels the danger may be real. The two short stories are equal grabbers, but that's no surprise: Pronzini could probably write a compelling 50-word mystery. Pronzini has won virtually every award available to mystery writers, and this collection shows why. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This so-called novel in MWA Grandmaster Pronzini's consistently superior Nameless Detective series (Vixen, etc.) consists of two new novellas and two previously published short stories set in the San Francisco Bay area. In the titular novella, the character known as Nameless investigates a car accident in the Russian River area when he stumbles upon two bodies. It looks like a fatal gun battle over marijuana and money, but when the wife of one of the victims asks him to investigate further, the action zigs and zags to an unexpected and satisfactory conclusion. In "Grapplin'," street musician Charles Anthony Brown searches for his long-lost niece, only his name isn't Brown, and she isn't his niece, and the story is a study in compassion. "Nightscape" is a deftly handled study of how two unrelated things can come together. "Revenant" explores how an evil man can use a belief in the occult to his advantage. Pronzini is economical with his details, providing just the right ones to bring each scene to life. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two novellas and two short stories featuring the Nameless Detective include "Zigzag," in which a simple accident investigation uncovers a twisted murder scheme, and "Revenant," in which Nameless is tangled in a crime with bizarre occult overtones.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two novellas and two short stories featuring the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster's iconic character includes the tale "Zigzag," in which a simple accident investigation uncovers a twisted murder scheme; and "Revenant," in which Nameless is tangled in a crime with bizarre occult overtones.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Two novellas and two short stories featuring Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Bill Pronzini's iconic Nameless Detective! Zigzag is an original novella, in which a safe and simple accident investigation becomes the unraveling of a twisted murder scheme. Grapplin, which first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, deals with the kind of missing person case that can end in only one of two ways, closure or heartbreak. In the second short, Nightscape, readers discover how, indeed, one thing just leads to another (First published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as The Winning Ticket). The final work, Revenant, is another original novella and entangles Nameless in a weird crime with fearful occult overtones.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Two novellas and two short stories featuring Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Bill Pronzini's iconic Nameless Detective!Zigzag is an original novella, in which a safe and simple accident investigation becomes the unraveling of a twisted murder scheme. Grapplin, which first appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, deals with the kind of missing person case that can end in only one of two ways, closure or heartbreak.In the second short, Nightscape, readers discover how, indeed, one thing just leads to another (First published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as The Winning Ticket).The final work, Revenant, is another original novella and entangles Nameless in a weird crime with fearful occult overtones."Proficient." - Kirkus Reviews