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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • John Curley & Associates
  • United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0792709373
  • 9780792709374

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Another so-so San Francisco outing for Pronzini's "Nameless Detective," once again involved in a case with connections to bygone pulp-thriller fiction (a Pronzini specialty). Why did pulp-king Harmon Crane commit suicide way back in 1929? That's what Crane's emotionally unstable son - a mere babe at the time of his father's death - wants to know. So the Nameless goes poking into Crane's past, talking to his widow (a mental case), his nasty old lawyer, and pulp-veteran Russell Dancer (a boozy has-been). But the case only gets interesting about halfway through - when the Nameless discovers a female skeleton (of '49 vintage) in an earthquake fissure near Crane's old mountain retreat. . .and when two brand-new killings suggest a complex (but not very plausible) chain of past/present events involving murder, accident, cover-up, and locked-room tricks. Padded out with some heavy-handed comedy (the crude doings of pal Eberhardt's girlfriend Wanda) and some narrative digressions by the Nameless: a lesser entry in an uneven series. (Kirkus Reviews)
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113 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 19% (21)
4 51% (58)
3 29% (33)
2 1% (1)
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