Nemesis by Bill Pronzini
(Nameless Detective)

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Smooth, readable, not top-notch Pronzini, but better than much of the noir material out there.


Young, newly rich Verity Daniels claims to be receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. When Jake Runyon agrees to investigate, it seems a relatively simple matter to expose the extortionist by setting a trap for him.

The case, however, is nowhere near as clear-cut as it first appears.
And Verity Daniels is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretends to be.
A series of surprise revelations culminates in Runyon being falsely accused of a crime that never happened, and he and his employers then become the targets of a vicious legal vendetta. A sudden act of violence turns the case upside down, leading to a much more serious charge against Jake.
With the help of partner Tamara Corbin, Nameless (known as Bill to his associates) puts aside the difficult personal issue that has kept him sidelined at home and works to clear both Runyon's and the agency's good names. The task requires untangling Verity Daniels's bizarre past and present relationships, and before Bill succeeds, he must overcome a deadly threat to his own safety.
Nemesis continues author Bill Pronzini's acclaimed Nameless Detective Series.


About Bill Pronzini

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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.
Published July 9, 2013 by Forge Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 05 2013

Smooth, readable, not top-notch Pronzini, but better than much of the noir material out there.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Aug 11 2013

Because this has better characterisation and is closer to a puzzle PI novel than a straight thriller, I find Nemesis more satisfying than the last two in the series. This is not taking anything away from those two books. It simply reflects my preference for a good puzzle, nicely set up, and solved with panache.

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