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Nightcrawlers (Nameless Detective #29)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  146 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Bill Pronzini's "Nameless" detective has become one of the longest-lived, and consistently highly praised, private investigators in the annals of American crime fiction and the award-winning author proves, once again, that his skills
are unmatched.

Things were quiet in the San Francisco-based agency Nameless founded and his

partners, Jake and Vanessa were itching to get back
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published 2005)
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NIGHTCRAWLERS (Private Investigators-San Francisco-Cont) – G+
Pronzini, Bill – 32nd in "Nameless" series
Forge, 2005-Hardcover
Nameless, who is now referred to by his name of Bill, is now the semi-retired partner of the agency. Bill has been called to the deathbed of an acquaintance, Russ Dancer, who gives Bill a package to be given to his mother-in-law after Russ dies. Jake Runyon is tracking down the men who is severely beating gay men, including the partner of Jake's estranged son. Tamara, the t
Jan 25, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Pronzini I didn't like, including this book.
Zeb Kantrowitz
“Nameless” and Tamara (with their new operative Jake Runyan) have just moved their business to a new location (less savory than the old neighborhood). Nameless has gone into semi-retirement, but is spending enough time in the office to be full time. This book involves the normal three stories, though one is not really addressed.

They are looking for a ‘deadbeat dad’ from Seattle working with the local office on a split-share. The following up on this one is what leads to the main story. While on
Mar 26, 2015 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my first Nameless detective read. Really enjoyed the book and the characters. Two main plots going on this one: homophobes are running amok and beating gay men in the Castro district – putting them in the hospital. One of the men beaten is Jake Runyon’s son’s partner. Jake decides to unofficially investigate. The other plot starts as a simple collection of child support from a deadbeat by junior partner Tamara Corbin. Tamara goes to a stakeout and disappears! There is a sideline ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a list of all the books (in order) Happy Reading.

1971 The Snatch Random House
1973 The Vanished Random House
1973 Undercurrents Random House
1977 Blowback Ramdom House
1978 Twospot Putman
1980 Laybrinth St. Martin's Press
1980 A Killing In Xanadu Waves Press
1981 Hoodwinked St. Martin's Press
1982 Scattershot St. Martin's Press
1982 Dragonfire St. Martin's Press
1983 Bindlestiff St. Martin's Press
1983 Casefile St. Martin's Press
1984 Quicksilver St. Martin's Press
1984 Nightshades St. M
Kae Cheatham
Nov 29, 2010 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
[Borrowed from my Public Library]

Another of Pronzini's nameless detective novels--a series that has been ongoing for several decades. Has he kept up the intensity with this character? Yes he has!

This time he presents three parallel stories that deal with the very dark side of human depravity (hence the title) given through Nameless (he is referred to as Bill), his office exec Tamara, and investigator Jake. Nameless finds mystery in giving his wife's mother a package from a dying acquaintance, w
Apr 29, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-reads
PROTAGONIST: Nameless and Company

At one time a "lone wolf" investigator, Bill has mellowed over the course of more than 30 years. Semi retired, he went into partnership with a 26-year old black woman by the name of Tamara Corbin and taken on a younger version of himself, Jake Runyon, as an operative. Tamara has given their agency a shot in the arm; they've just moved to new quarters and are benefiting from her creative marketing ideas. There's more work than the three of them can hand
Oct 29, 2009 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s another day at the office for the nameless detective until his young associate Tamara Corbin disappears while helping him locate a deadbeat dad. His partner, Jake Runyon, also hands his hands full when his estranged son contacts Jake with a request to find the thugs who beat his partner nearly to death. Neither plot is complicated, which is fine because there’s also an interesting subplot involving Nameless’ mother-in-law, plus enough back story to give this novel a lot of depth.

Jul 16, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'll have to say I could barely choke this down. Normally I read my books but this one I got as an audio book from the library. It was read by Nick Sullivan which was sort of like listening to Mr. Rogers read you a nightmarish bedtime story. His voice was distracting and every character sounded nearly the same.
Beyond that the story itself was rather flat and disconnected. Maybe I had trouble with it because this was the first book of his I'd read and had no character background to attach
Aug 10, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#29 in the Nameless Detective series.

Nameless Detective visits a dying acquaintance and picks up a package for his mother-in-law. Jake Runyon takes time to apprehend the gay bashing assailants of his estranged son's partner. Nameless and Jake search for Nameless' business partner Tamara after she disappears while on a stakeout.
Oct 22, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall held my interest. There were of course many subplots and situations so it was not a surprise the main story turned out to be a just in time rescue. I am guessing one has to read a lot of these to really understand the characters in this case nameless just means no last name first name bill...
Psychopathic killer(s) stalking their victims in remote wooded rural areas, seems to be the underlying (unbeknownst) theme for me from my latest readings. In closing 2011, with my first experience with author Pronzini albeit a later work, was enjoyable. However if it had not been preceded by Deaver's "Bodies Left Behind" (of the same general plot/theme), may have been more enjoyable. Why is it that these current detective (PI's or Procedurals) characters are all members of the emotional walking ...more
Jan 28, 2016 La'Jacinth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again bill does the writing and lets the reader visualize not what the author wants you to see but what the readers wants to see by drawing the outline and letting you (the reader) fill it in....Love his way of making jokes with the most mundane.
Thomas Bruso
Apr 16, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody can write a gripping crime story better than Pronzini. This is one of my favorite Nameless detective novels.
Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
Feb 01, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading these in reverse order so I know the outcomes in some situations but Pronzini still makes the plot go fast and furious and I was defenseless to the page turning. Tamara is kidnapped by a pedophile along with a child and it's a race against time to save her by Nameless and Jake-this was the best plotline and it just consumes the reader. Jake investigates gay bashing assaults involving his son's companion and Nameless deals with ghosts from the past involving his wife's family. I need ...more
May 19, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery novel lovers
I find these mysteries so intriguing. I do not like the cussing and swearing written into the characters responses. I do not believe it is necessary to get the emotion across to the reader in the writing. In this book I learned something about the gay men's community in San Francisco, CA. The charcters remain the same, Jake Runyon, Tamarra and her girlfriend Vonda, and Bill with his wife Kerry, daughter Emily. Bill's in-laws, Jake's son and a previous charcter who is a real snake are involved i ...more
Michael Tildsley
Good, but forgettable story. There's some twists and turns, but not enough is really at stake and there isn't enough build up to the end. Unlike the earlier Nameless books, this falls into the time frame when the narrative is broken into three narrators. There is some filler, as there are really three mysteries that get resolved within 300 pages. A decent quick-read.
Jan 13, 2014 Shirley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very exciting. Mistakes made by Tamera in going after a child kidnapper instead of her dead beat Dad case originally assigned to her.

I listened to this book on audio and the agent Tamera is called Vanessa in the book. Poor editing
Sep 13, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read this author--and probably the last. The writing is very sophomoric and there really are not any surprises. The only reason I might try one more is because he has something like 32 book in this Nameless Detective Series. Could they all be this trite and still be in demand??
Diane Clavette
May 30, 2011 Diane Clavette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed me with the characters and plot. Made me want to keep reading. As a bonus this is a series with numerous books, so no need to say good-bye too quickly. The only negative for me was the book ended far too soon.
May 14, 2014 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first one of the "nameless detective" series that I have read, well listened to. I can see how the characters would be interesting to follow over the series.
Jul 24, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything with Pronzini's name on it, I'm buying it. It'll be a guaranteed good read. Great characters, good plots. Hard to put down& wait for the next one.
Jan 10, 2010 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I was looking for. A fast-paced mystery with likable characters that delivers answers quickly.
Aug 22, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good! The last three chapters were the best....full of energy.
Tali Hunt
book on tape, entertaining for a long drive, but only OK
Susan P~
Quick, easy, and interesting read.
Mar 18, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
03/17/08 rec via bookmooch
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Mystery Writers of America Awards "Grand Master" 2008
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1999) for Boobytrap
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) for A Wasteland of Strangers
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) for Sentinels
Shamus Awards "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) 1987
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