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Bill Pronzini

Biography

Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini's novel, SNOWBOUND, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS was nominated for best crime novel of 1997 by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers Association; in addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.

Bill Pronzini

Books by Bill Pronzini

by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery

Cody Hatcher is the kind of teenager you don’t want your kids hanging with. That’s the book on him, and it’s why the citizens of Mineral Springs have no problem at all believing that he’s guilty of three rapes. His mother, Cheryl, an old lover of Nameless, is also being harassed by vindictive townspeople. It’s against such odds that Nameless must work to prove Cody innocent.

by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

While John Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of a Wells, Fargo robbery, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, works her wiles on friends and relatives of a vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it’s an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases --- the shrewd “crackbrain” who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery

Jake Runyon agrees to investigate Verity Daniel’s claim that he is receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. Verity is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretends to be, and a series of surprise revelations culminates in Runyon being falsely accused of a crime that never happened. With the help of partner Tamara Corbin, Nameless works to clear both Runyon’s and the agency’s good names --- but not until he overcomes a deadly threat to his own safety.

by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

In 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery

Bill, the “Nameless Detective,” and his wife Kerry were in the Sierra foothills falling in love with a cabin when Kerry went missing. Bill begins a search that uncovers just what price the citizens in town without pity may have to pay. Following the few leads he has, Bill comes face to face with the Hellbox.