Pronzini is probably the most consistent crime writer I have ever read (well, maybe except for Ed McBain). Pronzini nails it every time, always keeping strictly in the classic "P.I. solves the mystery" tradition.
The genius of the "Nameless" books is in putting a likeable character into noir situations. The classic pulp detectives like Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer are underworld types, very much anti-heroes. Nameless has his quirks, but deep down, he's a regular nice guy. His antagonists, however, are frequently psychopaths. So we have the classic "good guy gets the bad guy" scenario. It never fails to pay off.
No need to synopsize the story here. Just read all the Nameless books, and you will not be disappointed.
Critics say that Nameless is the longest-running detective series. It's been going since 1971. Pronzini's next Nameless book, Vixen, is coming out in 2015. That's 44 years.
McBain's 87th Precinct series ran from 1956 to 2005--49 years, but technically, the protagonists were cops, not P.I's. I wonder if Pronzini will keep it going long enough to beat McBain. I sure hope so.
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC (18 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628152109
- ISBN-13: 978-1628152104
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 404 g
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