Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel / Bill Pronzini.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st hardcover ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Reluctantly agreeing to investigate the theft of a valuable rare book collection, Nameless finds the heist tied to a stalking case involving a pair of brothers who are being hounded by a twisted adversary who has decimated their father's grave.
    • Notes:
      "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
    • ISBN:
      9780765318190 : HRD
      0765318199 : HRD
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PRONZINI, B. Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel. 1st hardcover ed. [s. l.]: Forge, 2009. ISBN 9780765318190. Disponível em: Acesso em: 7 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Pronzini B. Schemers : A Nameless Detective Novel. 1st hardcover ed. Forge; 2009. Accessed June 7, 2020.
    • APA:
      Pronzini, B. (2009). Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel (1st hardcover ed.). Forge.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Pronzini, Bill. 2009. Schemers : A Nameless Detective Novel. 1st hardcover ed. Forge.
    • Harvard:
      Pronzini, B. (2009) Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel. 1st hardcover ed. Forge. Available at: (Accessed: 7 June 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Pronzini, B 2009, Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel, 1st hardcover ed., Forge, viewed 7 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Pronzini, Bill. Schemers : A Nameless Detective Novel. 1st hardcover ed., Forge, 2009. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Pronzini, Bill. Schemers : A Nameless Detective Novel. 1st hardcover ed. Forge, 2009.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Pronzini B. Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel [Internet]. 1st hardcover ed. Forge; 2009 [cited 2020 Jun 7]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2009 February #1

Gregory Pollexfen collects rare mystery books, and eight of his most valuable have been stolen. The police aren t paying much attention, prompting Pollexfen to file a claim with Great Western Insurance, which, in turn, hires semiretired San Francisco private investigator Nameless to work the case. Pollexfen is too rich to be suspected of an insurance scam, so Nameless focuses on the other members of the dysfunctional household: the gold-digging wife and her brother. In a parallel case Nameless partner, Jake Runyon, investigates the harassment of the Henderson brothers. Their father s grave was recently desecrated, and one of the brothers was attacked. The agency s third associate, research wizard Tamara, is floating on cloud nine with a new man in her life, but he may have his own secrets. 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. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 February #2

This is the 36th book (33 novels and three collections) to feature 2008 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Pronzini's anonymous hero, the Nameless Detective (Savages). His series features appealing heroes; in recent books, a second detective, Jake Runyon, works alongside Nameless, usually on his own case. The puzzles at the heart of the cases are well conceived (and well concealed). The plot winds its way through enough false starts to please the finickiest reader and finishes with a satisfying resolution. In this installment, Nameless has been hired by a wealthy bibliophile to solve a genuine locked-door robbery, which soon turns into a locked-door murder. Jake, meanwhile, hunts a stalker who seems to have no ties to the family he is pursuing. Their office dispatcher has her own personal drama to resolve. Pronzini is a pro at PI fiction: he never cheats on the reader, respecting the conventions of the hard-boiled detective stories and puzzle mysteries he employs so well. Warmly recommended for mystery collections.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA

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PW Reviews 2008 December #4

In MWA Grand Master Pronzini's 34th Nameless Detective novel (after 2008's Fever), his series sleuth takes on a challenging locked-room puzzle. When Gregory Pollexfen, a wealthy bibliophile, reports the theft of eight rare first edition mysteries from his collection, which he keeps in a secured room in his San Francisco home, Nameless investigates on behalf of the insurance company involved. The subsequent shooting death of the victim's ne'er-do-well brother-in-law in the locked library complicates the original case, though Pollexfen's wife, who was also in the sealed room and whose prints are on the weapon, is the obvious suspect. Meanwhile, a subplot in which Nameless's colleague, Jake Runyon, attempts to track down a stalker targeting a Los Angeles couple is notable only for Runyon's slow emergence from the emotional shell he developed after his wife's death. Since the two story lines aren't obviously compatible, readers may wonder why Pronzini decided to combine them. (Apr.)

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