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Rmined point but Pronzini is so blatantly manipulative in doing so that it drags down the whole bookAnd then there s the rapist s final motive when he decides to start harming women just to get vengeance n their men It s the whole fridging women trope but it s actually made concrete in the book as a character s motive It goes beyond disturbing to disgusting and I don t just mean disgust with the character I mean Pronzini gets a little bit f a pass because this book was written right around the time that Kyle Raynor was finding his girlfriend in a refrigerator and years before Gail Simone popularized it as a trope but it s still a very bad look especially as I vaguely recall Nameless finding Kerry bloodied in a closet in some recent book s finale Pronzini has never been the writer that his wife Marcia Muller is but his spare puzzle riented books sometimes hit the spot However this book with its manipulative plotting and its problematic messaging intentional We, the People or not may finally be enough to put meff continuing with Nameless The deputy was still alive twitching a little now moaning softly Shot Single once in the back just above the right kidney He d lost a lotf blood already the bright arterial kindI have recently reviewed Bill Pronzini s non series novel The Other Side f Silence and uite liked it so I decided to return to his famous Nameless Detective series f which I had read two r three installments many years ago Hardcase 1995 comes from about mid period f the series and begins with a momentous event the Narrator Detective Whose Name We Will Never Learn But It Is Likely Italian let s call him ND is marrying his girlfriend in San Francisco The pening scenes are designed to be hilarious but the comedic payoff is meager and the humor low The pening scenes are designed to be hilarious but the comedic payoff is meager and the humor low and uite clich Mercifully the crime thread soon begins a twenty three year ld woman who works as a model hires a twenty three year ld woman who works as a model hires to find her real parents She has just found Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan out that she had been adopted The case takes ND to a small farm town near Lodi in Central Valley in California where he learns some gruesome facts from the past that are related to the case We follow the interesting and fast plot through various places in the Bay Area and fornce we have a somewhat believable dramatic twist towards the end The Central Valley scenery is uite well capturedThe The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes other threadf the plot focuses n ND attempting to hire a technology savvy young assistant Oh no not another instance f the teenager computer whiz horrible clich But there is a cool angle Rescuing a Werewolf on this The assistant is a young female African American student with attitude The scenef their first meeting is realistic well written and addresses issues Making Women Pay of race so much better than the usual cloying inept and well meant but counterproductive writing by authors like John Shannon While Hardcase is mainly an entertainment read it poses two serious uestions The first concerns the responsibilitiesf a private detective to their client What GloomCookie obligation do they have to convey all gathered information to the client if to the bestf their judgment the information will be harmful to the client Do they have a right to play God The second is perhaps a bit f my wn personal peeve were I adopted would I be so insistent The Jesuit on knowing who my biological parents were I emphatically say no does this make me not normal Why do people need to know who their biological parents wereThere are shadesf Ross Macdonald With Bound Hands onef my most favorite writers Rim of the Pit of all time in Mr Pronzini s novel The pro. Detective Newly married and just back from his honeymoon Nameless thinks his new case will Here is a listf all the books in rder Happy Reading1971 The Snatch Random House 1973 The Vanished Random House 1973 Undercurrents Random Snatch Random House 1973 The Vanished Random House 1973 Undercurrents Random 1977 Blowback Ramdom House 1978 Twospot Putman 1980 Laybrinth St Martin s Press 1980 A Killing In Xanadu Waves Press 1981 Hoodwinked St Martin s Press 1982 Scattershot St Martin s Press 1982 Dragonfire St Martin s Press 1983 Bindlestiff St Martin s Press 1983 Casefile St St Martin s Press 1982 Dragonfire St Martin s Press 1983 Bindlestiff St Martin s Press 1983 Casefile St s Press 1984 uicksilver St Martin s Press 1984 Nightshades St Martin s Press 1984 Double St Martin s Press 1985 Bones St Martin s Press 1985 Grave Yard Plots St Martin s Press 1886 Dreadfall St Martin s Press 1988 Shackles St Martin s Press 1988 Small Fellonies St Martin s Press 1990 Jackpot Delacorte 1991 Breakdown Delacorte 1992 uarry Delacorte 1992 Epitaths Delacorte 1993 Demons Delacorte 1995 Hardcase Delacorte 1996 Spadework Crippen Landru 1996 Sentinels Carroll Graf 1997 Illusions Carroll Graf 1998 Boobytrap Carroll Graf 1999 Sluths Five Star 1999 Duo Five Star 2000 Crazybones Carroll Graf 2002 Bleeders Carroll Graf 2003 Spook Carroll Graf 2003 Scenarios Five Star 2005 Nightcrawlers Forge 2006 Mourners Forge 2007 Savages Forge 2008 Feaver Forge 2009 Schemers Forge 2010 Betrayers Forge 2011 Camouflage Forge 2012 Hellbox Forge 2012 Kinsmen Cemetery Dance 2012 Femme Cemetery Dance 2013 Nemesis Forge Slow start but filled in rigins from Kinsmen Cemetery Dance 2012 Femme Cemetery Dance 2013 Nemesis Forge Slow start but filled in rigins from books Ultimately solid story Mystery StoryI thought I had read all f Prozini s Nameless detective stories but somehow I missed this Stripes of All Types one It was a nice surprise to stumble across it and then get to read it His stories are always nimble and a pl Damn that was tense When Namless is hired to help a young lady find her birth parents things look normal But when there is a crime involved it gets harder And when the crime happend in a small town that wants the past to stay in the past it gets harder yet And tension explodes whenne f the birth parents comes looking for revenge This turn into a real Hardcase Though this novel starts ff as a very mundane adoption search it uickly pivots into the story f a serial rapist who has been terrorizing California for decades It might just be because I m reading it in the modern day when the Golden State Killer was recently caught but it makes me wonder if the sociopath then known as the Original Night Stalker r the East Area Rapist was Baltimore Catechism No. 2 on Pronzini s mind The two criminals certainly have similar genesises in Sacramento Whichever the case it makes the novel that much fascinating when read from the far sidef April 2018Unfortunately the novel takes a notable turn for the worse in its later half That starts with Nameless immoral stupid and criminal actions which should be career ending He takes a client s money after having decided not to tell her what she s learned then violates her confidentiality by talking about her to a man that he already suspects to be very dangerous The worst problem with this piled upon stupidity is that most Mic manual de campanie electorală of it isn t acknowledged in the book and in fact the stupid ball is passed around uite a bit as a numberf The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects other characters all make decisions that are unbelievableut f character r both Kerry decides to drive up One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones on herwn for their honeymoon Nameless new assistant gives Just Joking out their address and any numberf police are unable r said to be unlikely to respond to calls about a murdering rapist n the stalk for hours at a time This sloppy sloppy writing is all purely in service f moving the plot along to a predete. Shamus Award wining Pronzini delivers a riveting new mystery featuring his acclaimed Nameless. ,
Se though is not as accomplished as in best works by Macdonald not as lyrical and not as economical Still the novel perfectly fits this website It is a good readThree stars book n tapereally weak ambling Plot No Character Developmentno Redeeming Value 22 No character developmentno redeeming value 22 the Nameless Detective series Nameless is back in this 1995 BENAAMI offeringne f the few entries I missed f the first 30 f author Pronzini s long running series For long time series fans Nameless wedding to Kerry is a landmark and so is his initial prickly interview with Tamara looking for a part time position as computer expert for technophobe Nameless Nameless Detective the California PI approaching 60 marries his longtime girlfriend Kerry After a civil ceremony Nameless takes n a client who wants him to find her birthparents Melanie Ann Aldrich has JUST DISCOVERED THAT SHE WAS ADOPTED AND IS SURE discovered that she was adopted and is sure s a reason her adoptive parents who are deceased kept this information from her Nameless fairly uickly identifies the woman s birthparents but that s just the beginning Melanie was conceived when a young man raped a disturbed young woman Nameless discovers that the man who is now middle aged and living in a San Jose Calif suburb may be responsible for a series The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais of rapes and murdersver a 20 year period When Nameless investigation gets too close to the suspect the women in the case Melanie the man s wife and even Kerry are threatened PROTAGONIST Nameless DetectiveSETTING San Francisco areaSERIES 22 Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! of 41RATING 35WHY Nameless is hired by a young woman who wants to know the identityf her birth parents There s not much information to go n but he manages to figure ut a few things that get him started He finds Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery out who her parents are but is reluctant to reveal the truth to her which leads to an unfortunate conclusion Before this all began Nameless and his longtime significantther Kerry finally get married A competent Entry In The Series But Not All in the series but not all enthralling This 22nd entry in the Nameless Detective series is a thoroughly successful entertainment to use Graham Greene s phrase which is not surprising since Bill Pronzini is a real proIt starts Disowned out as many mysteries do with what seems to be a straightforward problem Melanie Aldrich going through the family papers after her mother s death has just learned that she is adopted and she wants to know her real identity who her parents were and if eitherr both are alive At first Nameless gets stonewalled for the details Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram of Melanie s conception and birth are sad and shabby and nobody related the case wishes to dredge up the past the past Butur hero keeps digging and soon he uncovers along with the past a violent vengeful person who threatens not Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey only Melanie but Nameless and his new wife Kerry tooYes that s right I said wife This isne The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side of the reasons why Hardcase is essential reading for Nameless fans the first chapter recounts the weddingf Marketing Aesthetics our detective and his longtime companion Kerry Short version everything go wrong hilariously but everything turnsut alrightIn addition this book first published in 1995 gives us an account f Nameless tardy entry into the Digital Age No he doesn t learn to perate the computer itself that would be too much to ask Instead he hires a hacker Tamara Corbin an African American college girl with a chip n her shoulder She and Nameless get ff to a bad start but they soon develop a mutual respect She is an interesting character a good foil for Namless and I hope she ll be around for many books to come. E easy But that's before he runs into a shocking small town cover up and some very angry peop. Hardcase

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