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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Pronzini Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781482976434
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Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered accountant with a large San Francisco engineering firm in the late 1970s. By his own admission, the first thirty-four years of his life were dull, empty. But that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Annalise Bonner, an ambitious young woman who craves excitement and a life on the edge.

With her as the catalyst, Wise concocts and executes a meticulous plan to steal more than half a million dollars from his firm. They escape to the Virgin Islands, but their plans to live a life of quiet luxury are beset by unexpected pitfalls—and Wise is forced to

carry out two more ingenious schemes as a result. All three of his crimes are perfect—or are they?

The Crimes of Jordan Wise is a classic tale of love, greed, betrayal, and violence told with Bill Pronzini’s characteristic twists and turns and his special brand of suspense. It is also a powerful psychological examination of a man, a woman, and the wages of sin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This efficient rum-soaked noir is at its best when walking us through the details of Wise’s dark misdeeds.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Like an expert fisherman, Pronzini spins out his yarn to its inevitable conclusion; there’s only one way to end the old story of a lovesick sap and a dame whose appetites can never be satisfied. The Crimes of Jordan Wise is a neat piece of writing: James M. Cain by way of Jimmy Buffett.”

    Washington Post

  • “The confessions of Jordan Wise, who maintains that he’s committed three perfect crimes…A dark and twisted tale that begins with a woman a man could well do dangerous things for…After all these years, has guilt triggered this amazing confession? Hardly, comes the answer. It’s pride too long restrained, the justifiable pride one takes in perfectly wrought things. After sixty-six novels, including the distinguished Nameless Detective series, Pronzini’s energy seems undiminished and his cool intelligence as appealing as ever. But this is quintessential noir. Gentler readers proceed accordingly.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Pronzini is one of the best contemporary mystery writers, and he knows his way around a sentence...Pronzini weaves a tale that would lend itself perfectly to a movie, and it’s one of the best Caribbean island stories you’ll ever hear. Seldom has a book been better served on audio than this one; Richard Ferrone has the perfect pitch of weary resignation and suppressed anger that makes Jordan Wise a satisfying novel. The author's fans will be waiting to snap up his latest work.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “A dark take on the wages of sin, [The Crimes of Jordan Wise ]…is reminiscent of mysteries by Stuart Woods and Thomas Perry.”

    Library Journal

  • “Richard Ferrone’s gritty voice is a big plus in this story of a man who hides in the Caribbean after committing the perfect embezzlement for the love of a woman. That’s because Ferrone is called upon to portray not only the American ex-patriot but also a host of local characters, including a mysterious islander. The story of Jordan Wise doesn’t end with the theft. He’s forced to commit multiple crimes, including murder, to remain free. Ferrone is near perfect as Wise; further, his virtuosity really shows as he switches from one character to another without missing a beat. Ferrone is one of the best at handling irony, and there’s plenty in this story. An Audies Award finalist.”


  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist for Best Mystery Narration
  • A 2006 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/3/2011

    " Pronzini is a fabulous mystery writer with fascinating characters, good plots and language that's expressive and true to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adaire | 12/22/2010

    " This was a quick read. It is the dark tale of a man named Jordan Wise who changes his lifestyle and steals money to win back the woman he loves. I liked the story, but could have done without some of the language. The author was very good at creating a mental picture for his readers.

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 3/27/2010

    " Always loved his Nameless Detective books . This was OK . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 6/8/2009

    " This is my first read by Pronzini. It was a fast exciting read. He builds characters without too much detail. It was interesting to see the changes in this man as his life unfolded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodora | 2/15/2009

    " A meek accountant in an engineering firm meets a woman on the edge and commits a crime in order to be with her. Well written. I was able to read it in one day.

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/3/2007

    " I couldn't put it down. The best novel I've read in a long time. "

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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

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.