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Bill Pronzini

Biography

Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini is the author of more than 40 novels, including three in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Marcia Muller, and is the creator of the popular Nameless Detective series. A six-time nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award (most recently for A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS), Pronzini is also the recipient of two Shamus Awards. He received a Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America in May 2008. He lives in Northern California.

Bill Pronzini

Books by Bill Pronzini

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery

The Nameless Detective has taken many cases over the years…and this is one for the books. Or rather, two cases that will test his agency's resources. Love is in the air...more to the point, love gone awry. One case involves a woman whose husband died accidentally in a remote cabin in the Sierras. The wife isn’t buying that her husband was alone, and is determined to find out his secret and get closure…in spite of any potential heartbreak. The other case is a missing person…but the person missing was agoraphobic and never left the house. The husband swears that while their relationship was strained due to his wife’s condition, he was still in love with her. He begs Nameless to clear him and find his wife before the cops come for him.

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Bill Pronzini unfolds the case through alternating perspectives until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion.

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

When a pleasant afternoon’s bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention. The questions her partner John Quincannon has to unravel are not difficult: Wrixton, a wealthy banker, has met his extortionist's first demand, but the order to pay another $5,000 is too much to face. The banker’s real problem is something he doesn't want to reveal. Meanwhile, a courier has been murdered, creating a trail that will take Quincannon through most of San Francisco’s less savory places and end with a riverboat trip that is anything but a relaxing cruise.

by Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Mystery

ZIGZAG includes two novellas and two short stories featuring 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” 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. The final work, “Revenant,” is another original novella and entangles Nameless in a weird crime with fearful occult overtones.

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

John Quincannon has been hired by the owner of the Golden State brewery to investigate the ''accidental'' death of the head brewmaster, who drowned in a vat of beer. John is certain he can catch his quarry, but his partner, Sabina Carpenter, is not sure she even wants to catch hers: Sherlock Holmes or, rather, the madman claiming his identity. A Mr. Roland W. Fairchild of Chicago claims the man is his first cousin, who is due to inherit a $3 million estate --- if Sabina can find him and if he can be proved sane.

by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini - Fiction, Historical 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

When Nameless is hired by Cory Beckett, a beautiful young woman who claims to be a model, to find her missing brother, Kenneth, it seems to be a routine matter. Kenneth has fled San Francisco in a drug-induced panic to avoid trial on a charge of stealing a valuable necklace from the alcoholic wife of the man for whom he works, wealthy yachtsman Andrew Vorhees. When agency operative Jake Runyon locates and questions the frightened young man, Cory's motives come into question and the case takes on darkly sinister complexities.

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.