Camouflage / Bill Pronzini.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Unsuccessfully contacting an unpleasant client's ex-wife, the Nameless Detective must subsequently track down the client when he disappears, while his partner, Jake Runyon, conducts a personal investigation to determine if his girlfriend's son is being beaten by his father.
    • Notes:
      "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
    • ISBN:
      9780765325648 : HRD
      0765325640 : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2011 May #1

*Starred Review* David Virden is a pompous ass, but he's got money, and all he wants of the Nameless Detective is for him to find Virden's ex-wife and deliver some papers for her signature. Easy enough for a veteran private investigator. Or so it seems. The woman Nameless finds living under the name he is given is not Virden's ex. Virden threatens to sue, but more troubling, he soon vanishes himself. Jake Runyon, an investigator for Nameless' agency, has his own very personal case. His significant other is charged with killing her young son's abusive stepmother. She confesses, but the case against her unravels quickly. It seems she's protecting her son. Could a 10-year-old boy really have stabbed a grown woman to death? Perhaps he was protecting himself from additional abuse? The cases run parallel and never intersect but share a common theme: monsters are often able to disguise themselves for years under the camouflage of respectability. The Nameless series continues to be a wonder of great plotting, long-term character development, and insight into the chilling banality of evil. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 April #1

Mystery Grand Master Pronzini is always in demand.

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PW Reviews 2011 April #2

Pronzini's 36th Nameless Detective novel, though a marked improvement over its immediate predecessor, 2010's Betrayers, hardly reflects a return to form by the MWA Grand Master. This entry, like other recent books in the series, alternates between the eponymous lead, a San Francisco PI, and the ongoing travails of his colleague, Jake Runyon. Obnoxious businessman David Virden hires Nameless to trace his first (of three) ex-wives, so that he can get the annulment his current fiancée requires. While Nameless quickly finds the first former Mrs. Virden, his client's subsequent disappearance leads to violent complications. Runyon's case has a personal aspect—his new love interest, Bryn Darby, believes that her nine-year-old son, Bobby, is being abused by her ex-husband, but can't get Bobby to confirm her fears. Runyon's discovery of the truth likewise has violent consequences. Contrivances that some readers will find hard to swallow burden both story lines. (June)

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