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Hoodwink: The Nameless Detective (Nameless Detective #7)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Former pulp writer and current hack Russell Dancer invites Nameless to the first annual Western Pulp Convention in San Francisco. He wants Nameless to help him locate the person who is trying to blackmail Dancer for a purported plagiarism of a story called "Hoodwink." Arriving at the convention, Nameless discovers that a group of former friends (and now uncomfortable colle ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 10th 2011 by Speaking Volumes, LLC (first published May 1981)
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Very solid and readable detective story featuring the detective with no name. I get the feeling 'nameless' is pretty much Bill Pronzini - if he had time to be a detective. This one is a bit different as it takes place at a 'pulp' convention, which along with being the detective's passion is also Pronzini's inspiration for the character and genre. There is even a scene where 'nameless' just about meets Pronzini. Nameless isn't the usual hard-boiled tough guy though. He's actually a very nice blok ...more
I very much like how the main character is developing. He's a 50-something bachelor with a beer gut who collects pulp magazines and works as a private eye, much in the same manner as the heroes of his pulp magazines. He manages to put together all the disparate clues to discover the perpetrator of the crimes. Reading the stories from the first book to this one, #7 in the series, we've watched Nameless go through some dalliances and one serious romance, that fell apart because she wouldn't accept ...more
The Nameless Detective is asked by a former pulp fiction writer of mysteries to attend a convention that is taking place in San Fransisco so he can look into a series of extortion notes that some attendees have received that hint at plagiarism. A quick, entertaining private eye read that weaves information about the pulp fiction world into the plot seamlessly.
Lynette Hague
This is the first book I have read by Bill Pronzini. The mystery plot was good. I was unfamiliar with the subject matter, pulp writers, so it took me a while to get into the book. I'd like to read more by this author.
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
#7 in the Nameless Detective series. Pronzini draws on his avocation ( and that of Nameless) of collecting pulp magazines to develop a plot for this mystery. Russell Dancer (Undercurrent (1973)), a hack writer from the 40s, is back with an invitation for nameless to attend a pulp convention. His underlying motive is to have Nameless ferret out who has sent him a blackmail note, accusing him of plagarizing a short story "Hoodwink" and using it as the basis for a very profitable movie screenstory. ...more
Nat Kidder
Unlike most Pronzini novels, this one had gratuitous language and the the hero sleeping with a woman after their first date.

Right after the sleeping scene, I went to my regular church service and felt both convicted and infilled by the Holy Spirit. So I stopped and downloaded a Christian-themed tale instead.
Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
Harry Addington
Very enjoyable story about pulp fiction writers with 2 locked room murders.
Another Nameless book, in which he goes to a pulp magazine convention which instigates two locked-room murders. And he gets shot at. And he figures everything out, of course. Oh, and he moves his office to a nicer building and gets a new girlfriend.

(Second time read: 10/31/08)
Janice Stribl
This is the story where Nameless Detective first meets Kerry.
Brian Howard
Nameless is never really great, but a good read nevertheless.
Sally Plunkett
7th in the Nameless Detective Series
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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)
  • Scattershot (Nameless Detective, #8)
  • Dragonfire (Nameless Detective, #9)
  • Bindlestiff (Nameless Detective, #10)
  • Quicksilver (Nameless Detective, #11)
The Hidden The Snatch (Nameless Detective, #1) The Other Side of Silence Camouflage (Nameless Detective, #35) Shackles (Nameless Detective, #16)

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