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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Pronzini Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nameless Detective Novels Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781482978568
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Nameless wasn’t supposed to come into the office on Mondays; he wasn’t supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera—once a friend, now despised—at Great Western Insurance. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to meet with him. The investigation was relatively simple: a multimillionaire rare books collector had reported the theft of eight volumes, worth a half million dollars. From a locked library. To which he has the only key. The books were all crime fiction and suspense—a locked-room mystery about mysteries. This ordinary Monday brought a second oddball case: The Henderson brothers were being stalked. Someone had dug up the ashes of their late father and poured acid over them, then destroyed the headstone the same way, and left a sign warning that this was just the beginning. Searching for peace of mind and the distraction of work, Jake Runyon is more than happy to bring an end to the brothers’ terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The award-winning Pronzini has more than a little fun with the locked-room mystery about missing mysteries, but as usual, the most compelling aspects of the book are the personal backstories of Jake, Nameless, and Tamara. These characters evolve realistically from novel to novel, and readers savor their growth as much as the cases they investigate.”

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  • “Any novel by Pronzini is a great read. But the genius of this series is that it is character driven. You like these people and want to read about them. The series deals with dark matters without being dark…Schemers is a great introduction to the work of Bill Pronzini. But a warning: read it and you will want to get your hands on all 34 previous Nameless novels.”

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  • A 2010 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover PI Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Holt | 1/11/2014

    " another very good quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/4/2014

    " Found this in the "New Fiction" section and enjoyed it...now I'm going to go back and read some of the previous books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 8/1/2013

    " An intriguing locked room mystery coupled with a case of a puzzled family being stalked & harrassed keeps Nameless & his staff busy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/5/2013

    " There was nothing especially wrong with this book, but I finished it about two weeks ago, and I've already forgotten what it is about. In a word: forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/7/2013

    " my first 'nameless' read was fun enough for it's extremely short length and large print. I better try a couple more before I throw out the sweeping generalizations. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Lynne | 1/15/2013

    " A short detective novel that's a really quick read. There were two mysteries-a locked room mystery and mystery crazy person going after a family. Both were nicely resolved. I'll probably go back and read some of the previous stories since this is the first one I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 12/18/2012

    " Clear writing, sympathetic characters. But wow, what turmoil Nameless's staff has in their personal lives! I did enjoy the locked room mystery and of course could not figure out the whodunit! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcie | 4/13/2012

    " Predictable! Every CSI episode I've seen was fresher than this. I knew where both story lines were going from the get-go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 1/24/2012

    " There are two consecutive mysteries - one is a very intriguing case of the "locked room murder", that definitely had me guessing. Quick, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/24/2011

    " 3.5 Old reliable nameless detective never disappoints although some books are a little thinner than others. I like Pronzini and I like his politics and view of the world, at least as nameless embodies them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Dawson | 6/15/2011

    " Another good one by Pronzini "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/9/2011

    " enjoyable and plots are well laid out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 charlie | 5/7/2011

    " Book 37 (!!!!) of the NAMELESS detective series. After reading 36 of them, I could never give Pronzini a bad review. For all I know, this may not be the best of the series, but reading it is comforting like hanging with an old friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/8/2011

    " It was ok. The whole things seemed a bit obvious from the beginning in terms of who did it, but the story does unfold the "how" but I would still stay it is just an ok book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/11/2010

    " enjoyable and plots are well laid out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/5/2010

    " 3.5 Old reliable nameless detective never disappoints although some books are a little thinner than others. I like Pronzini and I like his politics and view of the world, at least as nameless embodies them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 5/5/2010

    " my first 'nameless' read was fun enough for it's extremely short length and large print. I better try a couple more before I throw out the sweeping generalizations. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 2/26/2010

    " An intriguing locked room mystery coupled with a case of a puzzled family being stalked & harrassed keeps Nameless & his staff busy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 12/19/2009

    " There are two consecutive mysteries - one is a very intriguing case of the "locked room murder", that definitely had me guessing. Quick, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Lynne | 7/21/2009

    " A short detective novel that's a really quick read. There were two mysteries-a locked room mystery and mystery crazy person going after a family. Both were nicely resolved. I'll probably go back and read some of the previous stories since this is the first one I've read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcie | 5/27/2009

    " Predictable! Every CSI episode I've seen was fresher than this. I knew where both story lines were going from the get-go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 5/21/2009

    " Found this in the "New Fiction" section and enjoyed it...now I'm going to go back and read some of the previous books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 4/30/2009

    " Clear writing, sympathetic characters. But wow, what turmoil Nameless's staff has in their personal lives! I did enjoy the locked room mystery and of course could not figure out the whodunit! "

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About the Author
Author Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini has been nominated for or won every prize offered to crime fiction writers, including the 2008 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It is no wonder, then, that Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine said of him: “Complexity of characterization, puzzle, and theme support the case for Pronzini as the finest American detective novelist in current practice.” He lives and writes in California with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.