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Schemers (Nameless Detective Novels) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 31. März 2009

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Praise for Bill Pronzini:

“One of the best in the mystery-suspense field."--Washington Post Book World

"One of the greatest-ever detective series."--Booklist

“The Nameless Detective novels are a thinking reader’s detective series.”--Chicago Sun-Times

"There is no living writer whose work more faithfully embodies the spirit of classic private-eye fiction than Bill Pronzini's.  [It is] classy, classy noir storytelling."--The  Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"San Francisco's allegedly semi-retired Nameless private eye and his colleagues investigate the disappearance of a gambling-addicted wife and the inexplicable beating of a young straight-arrow computer consultant.  Complexity of characterization, puzzle, and theme support the case for Pronzini as the finest American detective novelist in current practice.--Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine




Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Bill Pronzini's novel, Snowbound, received the Grand Prix de la Littérature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. In addition to six Edgar Award nominations, Pronzini has received three Shamus Awards, two for best novel and the PWA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, the Mystery Writers of America named him Grandmaster.  He lives in northern California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.

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"He who plots to do evil
Will be called a schemer." -- Proverbs 24:8

The two main plot lines in Schemers are driven by vengeful characters who could have just stepped out of the Old Testament. Their schemes are puzzling even to those who are affected by them. What is the ultimate plan? A lot of the suspense in this book is trying to anticipate what the schemers plan to do.

If you are a fan of detective fiction (both novels and short stories), you'll appreciate this book much more than if you just read the surface story. Author Bill Pronzini has drawn deep into the heritage of detective fiction to adapt classic tales into a modern-day setting. One story line involves not one, but two, locked-room mysteries. The other story line evokes the many stories of a hidden avenger who wants his victims to know that they are being hunted before dispatching them.

The noir tone of the book is best captured in two subplots that aren't related to the main story lines -- Tamara finds a man whom she enjoys making love to and Bryn and Jake take a look at what they might mean to one another. These are so beautifully done it's worth reading the book just to enjoy them. Either one would be a prize-winning short story.

The noir tone is best captured in the main plot lines by the extreme feelings that the characters have for one another, and don't make much of an attempt to cover up.

The puzzles are decent ones, but they aren't intended to confuse you so much as amuse you. Enjoy them!

So what's it all about? Nameless normally doesn't work on Mondays, but he's pressed into covering for Tamara and receives a summons from an old "friend" he isn't sure he wants to see.
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HASH(0x97ac7a5c) von 5 Sternen great story 24. April 2009
Von C. Yokum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I love all of the Nameless books and they just seem to be getting better. At first I wasn't sure if I would like the additon of the others in his office, but now I see that they are a good part of the stories. If you haven't read any of Pronzini's Nameless books, I would recommend that you find the older ones and start at the beginning of his story.
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HASH(0x97ac7ca8) von 5 Sternen "No wonder people are paranoid these days." 26. April 2009
Von E. Bukowsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In Bill Pronzini's "Schemers," Nameless and the staff of his San Francisco-based private investigation agency are looking into two very different mysteries. One involves Cliff and Damon Henderson, two brothers in their thirties who are being stalked by a psychopath with an unknown agenda. The perp has already damaged their personal property and beaten Damon with a tire iron. The Hendersons have no idea why they are being targeted. Since the police have not been able to help them, they turn to Nameless, hoping that he can find their "faceless enemy" before he escalates his attacks.

The other puzzle is brought to Nameless's attention by his former friend, Barney Rivera, a slimy character who is the chief claims adjuster for an insurance company. He hires Nameless to look into the theft of eight vintage first-edition mysteries, worth half a million dollars, from the collection of sixty-seven year old Gregory Pollexfen. Pollexfen, who is unhappily married to a much younger woman, alleges that the items were taken from a secure library to which no none is ever admitted without his being there. Barney dares Nameless to solve this "locked room" puzzle, and even agrees to sweeten the pot with a hefty bonus if he succeeds.

"Schemers" is an engrossing tale of underhanded, desperate, and mentally ill people who wreak havoc on both the innocent and guilty alike. Working with Nameless are twenty-six year old Tamara Corbin, a computer expert and "human dynamo," and Jake Runyon, a former Seattle cop whose heart was broken when beloved second wife, Colleen, passed away. While Bill's private life has been blessedly uneventful of late, Tamara is all excited about her new beau, Lucas Zeller, and Jake is slowly getting closer to Bryn Darby, a woman who withdrew from society after a stroke left her face partially paralyzed. Jake's relationship with Bryn is poignant and affecting. They are "lonely, damaged creatures, blinking in the light, finding understanding and acceptance in each other and taking solace from it."

The villains are stock characters with the usual dysfunctional personalities, and some of the plot elements are a bit hackneyed and predictable. Still, "Schemers" is energized by Pronzini's brisk, fluid, and fast-paced writing style. The dialogue is lively, and Nameless, Tamara, and Runyon are methodical and tenacious in their quest for answers. Readers who have followed Nameless and his crew over the years may find Tamara's and Jake's personal lives more interesting than the cases that they are investigating. By the time the dust settles, one thing is clear: Nothing and no one should be taken at face value. Manipulative and cruel people can do a great deal of harm, and the vulnerable among us would do well to be on their guard.
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HASH(0x97ac7ee8) von 5 Sternen Rare Detective Fiction and A Locked Room 15. April 2009
Von Kent E. Schroder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Rare detective fiction is missing. To solve the crime, Nameless has to also deal with muder in a locked room. Something about the murder just doesn't ring true. Jake Runyon investigates a family facing threats. But why? Runyon has to delve into the past. Tamara finds a man who makes her happy. Is he everything that he seems? The Nameless series has run for more than thirty years by allowing characters to grow and change. Enjoy.
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HASH(0x97acb0a8) von 5 Sternen Locked Room Puzzler and More 30. November 2009
Von Mel Odom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I love the new covers of the "Nameless" Detective novels by Bill Pronzini. They're mocked up to look like file folders and make it simple to recognize these books at a glance.

I've been reading this series since The Snatch came out in the 1970s. In that time, Nameless has gone through a lot of changes. We've even learned his first name: Bill. But I'll always think of him as Nameless.

I'd read in the beginning that the author wanted to strip down the private detective motif down so much that the character had no name and the only way he was recognized was through his work. In the beginning, I thought that was pretty cool. Still do. But I like the way Nameless has gone from being a single act to an ensemble group and now has a family life.

Lately, Pronzini has divided up the legwork in Nameless's cases. He's been joined by Tamara Corbin, the agency's computer guru, and Jake Runyon, an ex-Seattle cop who's dealing with personal trauma from losing his wife to cancer. When Tamara first started edging into the books as a viewpoint character, I wasn't too sure about how I liked the idea. Then I got used to it and now I see it as a plus in the series.

The opening prologue of the book instantly guarantees the reader's attention. I couldn't think of a more brutal thing to kick off an attack on a family, but it's there. Nameless takes the case on and hands it over to Runyon. All of them are aware that a killer is waiting out in the shadows, one that isn't going to hesitate to kill when he's ready.

The second mystery is an old school locked room. I loved those kinds of stories when I was a kid. The scenario gets bumped up and shot full of steroids when the story involves a collector of Golden Age mysteries. I loved all the name-dropping that went on during the conversations. I couldn't help ticking off the books and authors I'd read. Nameless is an avid collector of pulp magazines, a medium I also love.

As always, Pronzini keeps his mysteries moving, dodging back and forth between cases as well as through the investigations and the private lives of his investigators.

I'd figured out most of the locked room mystery by the time I reached the final few pages, but it was gratifying to see that I was right about most of it. There were still a few twists I hadn't caught. The story with Runyon and the Hendersons was more suspenseful, more hardboiled, but it kept me flipping pages in anticipation. Overall, this was a solid entry into this long-lived series.
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HASH(0x97acb480) von 5 Sternen By the numbers, and there's not very many numbers. 16. November 2015
Von M2 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Boy, oh boy, oh boy, do I not get Bill Pronzini. Maybe it's me, because the guy is considered by most one of those "Fifth Beatle" crime writers. There's Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Macdonald -- the "Beatles" of crime, if you will -- and then there's that fifth position that so many are eager to fill. Based on his critical notices and the number of awards filling his mantle, Pronzini would seem to be one of the best writers alive. But I've tried reading him repeatedly, to see what I'm missing, and every time I find a formulaic, plot-by-numbers read with no suspense, no action, comic book characterization, sometimes incredibly dumb plot holes, and novels with a short-story's worth of story. I just don't get it. "Schemers" exemplifies this. It is totally flat and ho-hum, reading like a "Dragnet" episode transposed into text. The protagonist, the Nameless Detective, doesn't have enough character to warrant a name. The only reason I'm giving this two stars instead of one is because there is an occasional interesting turn of phrase, but maybe that means Pronzini's true metier is writing fortune cookies, not novels. Boy, I wish I got it, but I don't.
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