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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 146.05 x 220 x 19.05mm | 362.87g
  • Sound Library
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0792701933
  • 9780792701934

Review Text

The Nameless Detective is back again - in a likable, low-key mystery that features pulp-magazine nostalgia (a Pronzini specialty) and two locked-room puzzles (with pretty creaky solutions). Five veteran pulp-mag writers have each received a blackmail letter threatening to reveal a piece of alleged plagiarism, circa 1952. So the Nameless shamus goes a-sleuthing at the pulp-mag convention in San Francisco - meeting some of his writer-idols, falling for the gorgeous daughter of one. . .and discovering the body of old pulp-publisher Frank Colodny. The obvious suspect: alcoholic writer Russ Dancer, found with the gun and the body in a locked room. But the Nameless is convinced that Dancer's innocent - especially when another body (that of pulp-artist Ozzie Meeker) turns up in a locked shack. The trail leads to an Arizona ghost town - where our hero is shot at (in a locked room, of course). And though the plotting's only so-so, there's a nicely Rex-Stout-ish cast of characters, a sweet romance for the N.D., and the ruddy charm of Pronzini at his lightest. (Kirkus Reviews)
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165 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 21% (35)
4 41% (68)
3 33% (54)
2 4% (7)
1 1% (1)
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