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Crazybone (Nameless Detective #26)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Posh and affluent, a mecca for the horsy set, the California community of Greenwood hides its dirty laundry behind the stuccoed facades of Spanish-style houses and locks its secrets inside wrought-iron gates. Nameless knows that as well as 7 any, but he uncovers more deceit, adultery, fraud, and betrayal -- not to mention larceny and murder -- than he might have expected ...more
Published November 1st 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published August 1st 2000)
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Sep 12, 2013 Karl rated it really liked it
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1971 The Snatch Random House
1973 The Vanished Random House
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1978 Twospot Putman
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1981 Hoodwinked St. Martin's Press
1982 Scattershot St. Martin's Press
1982 Dragonfire St. Martin's Press
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1983 Casefile St. Martin's Press
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Jul 23, 2008 Grey853 rated it liked it
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I probably would've liked this book a lot better if I hadn't started out being so perturbed by the whole premise. The idea is Nameless is hired by an insurance company to investigate a woman because she doesn't want the $50,000 insurance claim for her husband. That didn't seem real and put me off because what insurance company is going to do that?

He continues to investigate despite the woman's protests and pleas. She's obviously afraid, and because of his investigation a whole chain of very nega
Feb 20, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#26 in the Nameless Detective series.

Nameless Detective series - An insurance company hires Nameless to check into why Sheila Hunter, a glamorous widow with a small daughter, declined to accept the payout on her late husband's sudden accidental death policy. It turns out that Sheila has her own very good reasons for wanting to remain as anonymous as possible. What to do with her appealing little girl seems her main concern. Nameless finds himself involved more deeply than he wants to be when the
Jul 31, 2015 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
PROTAGONIST: Nameless Detective
SETTING: California
SERIES: #29 of 44
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Jack Hunter was killed in an accident, and his widow, Sheila, has refused to accept the $50,000 settlement from the insurance company. Nameless is hired to try to convince her to take it; it seems odd that she would refuse, even if she claims to be rich. She has an 11-year-old daughter, Emily. Nameless suspects that there are things in the Hunters' past that they don't want uncovered. Finding the answer to that q
Dec 14, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it
Published in 2000, this title in the Nameless Detective series marked something of a turn in our hero's life and career. It all starts out with Nameless investigating for his insurance company client why a beneficiary of a life policy REFUSES to accept the pay out. Bizarre indeed. Before long, he runs across a pair of sisters with a paranoid fear of the odd term "crazybone". The plot twists figure in quite neatly, the writing remains taut and vivid, while the breezy dialogue sweeps you along. A ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
An unusual one in which Nameless is asked to investigate a widow who refuses her husband's insurance payout. Gets really strange with the country club set and there is also a suspicious death at his mother-in-law's retirement community to look into as well. Ending was a surprise and didn't seem to flow.
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Sep 06, 2009 Joe O'c rated it liked it
Very Good; Continuing character: "Nameless" detective; trying to pay off an insurance claim, the detective finds a widow whose past ends ten years prior and digs to find out how he may be able to help her and her daughter.
Feb 23, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read from Pronzini. Again he crafts an intriguing mystery. And it looks as though the Nameless Detective is going to have some changes in his life. I almost want to go right to the next book, but need to read some of them piled on the table first!
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Jul 16, 2016 David Sikora rated it really liked it
This entry into the series is just as good as the other ones. One thing with these books is that I try to guess the outcome, but I am usually wrong. And that, is what keeps me coming back for more.
Jan 26, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
This started out really great, then kind of went slowly to a blah ending. But at the same time I enjoyed it :) go figure.
Dec 29, 2010 Betsy rated it liked it
This is the first Bill Pronzini book I read. Crazybone introduced me to the Nameless Detective. Great character.
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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
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1982) for Hoodwink

Married to author Marcia Muller.

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Other Books in the Series

Nameless Detective (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • The Snatch (Nameless Detective, #1)
  • The Vanished (Nameless Detective, #2)
  • Undercurrent (Nameless Detective, #3)
  • Blowback (Nameless Detective, #4)
  • Twospot (Nameless Detective, #5; Lt. Hastings, #9)
  • Labyrinth (Nameless Detective, #6)
  • Hoodwink (Nameless Detective, #7)
  • Scattershot (Nameless Detective, #8)
  • Dragonfire (Nameless Detective, #9)
  • Bindlestiff (Nameless Detective, #10)

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