The Crimes of Jordan Wise
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The Crimes of Jordan Wise

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered accountant with a large San Francisco
engineering firm in the late 1970s. By his own admission, the first
thirty-four years of his life were dull, empty. But that all changes
when he meets and falls in love with Annalise Bonner, an ambitious
young woman who craves excitement, a life on the edge.
With her as the catalyst, Wise concocts and exe...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Q. Kelly
What Makes a Perfect Murder?

I’ve always wondered if a perfect murder counts if the killer feels compelled to dish all–and then actually dishes all. (For what is probably my favorite “perfect” murder book, check out Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.”)

Anyway, this book I’m reviewing is “The Crimes of Jordan Wise” by Bill Pronzini. It’s a pretty good perfect-murder book. The protagonist, Jordan Wise, starts with a totally different perfect crime, embezzling. The writing, in first person...more
Maddy
RATING: 4.0

Jordan Wise is the stereotypical accountant. A spinster schoolteacher would lead a more interesting life than he does. He's worked for the same corporation for many years; he's the kind of person who is so bland that you can't remember his name three seconds after being introduced. If you had to match his personality to a crayon color, it would be light gray. As the book opens in the present day, Jordan is talking with a journalist and drops the bombshell that he has pulled off three...more
Pam
The Crimes of Jordan Wise by Bill Pronzini
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2006, 231 pgs
TIME/PLACE: 1977-2005; San Francisco, St. Thomas, VI
CHARACTERS: Jordan Wise/accountant
COMMENTS: Jordan Wise is a mild-mannered, non-descript accountant for a large firm in San Francisco. He meets Annalise & knows he has to do something daring to have her. He embezzles $ in order to have a future w/ her. They move to St. Thomas but the $ isn't enough for Annalise & life in paradise is fa...more
Glenn Russell
This Bill Pronzini novel is a compelling page-turner and will stick with you long after you have read the last page, and that’s for sure. Why? Because the story not only makes for good crime fiction but is a penetrating meditation on several philosophical questions: what is the nature of love; what means should we take to secure our own pleasures and dreams; how valuable is friendship, peace of mind, and knowing oneself? Since there are dozens of reviews already posted here, in the spirit of fre...more
Adaire
This was a quick read. It is the dark tale of a man named Jordan Wise who changes his lifestyle and steals money to win back the woman he loves. I liked the story, but could have done without some of the language. The author was very good at creating a mental picture for his readers.
Marion Mockridge
Audiobook narrated by my favorite Richard Ferrone: This is my favorite type of book, written in first person, with great character development, unpredictable plot and an unusual ending. Of course, the narrator makes a big difference. I wish it was a little longer.
Jason
This got really close to 4 stars...
AnnieM
Eh, I'm not sure where to come down on this one. Some male readers may enjoy it, but it lacks the action and thrill of many traditional male focused novels.

I'd agree with the assessment of it being more of a modern noir novel than a traditional novel. The male protagonist isn't particularly likeable. His wife is even less so.

While it was a bit longer than I though it should have been, I finished it and nearly enjoyed it. With that said, I would credit Richard Ferrone in accomplishing this feat...more
Jenettha Baines
I absolutely loved this book! I read it over the course of one week and couldn't put it down. I read it at the gym and stayed on the treadmill and elliptical far pass my time. This man was brilliant even after he met his money hungry girlfriend. Most books and stories have it were the men lose everything because of a woman, but this man didn't. He played his cards well all the way to the end.
Dawn
Best Book I've read this year. The developement of the characters was excellent and the crimes were not overdone like some novels. I think in some cases keeping it basic produces the best results
Ethan
This is my first read by Pronzini. It was a fast exciting read. He builds characters without too much detail. It was interesting to see the changes in this man as his life unfolded.
Rhodora
A meek accountant in an engineering firm meets a woman on the edge and commits a crime in order to be with her. Well written. I was able to read it in one day.
Angie
Although this is a dark read , it is an interesting look at the mind of a twisted man . Just a little bit masculine for my taste .
Jim
Pronzini is a fabulous mystery writer with fascinating characters, good plots and language that's expressive and true to life.
Nessreen
It was interesting until he went on for what seemed like an entire chapter talking about sailing.
Tammy Rideout bowers
I stopped reading this. I dislike the characters. Storyline us dull. Too much sailing.
Eric
Blah. Waste of time and predictable. Don't bother unless you love sailing.
Sally Plunkett
This book is a great read, I highly recommend it to anyone.
Nancy
I couldn't put it down. The best novel I've read in a long time.
Renee
Always loved his Nameless Detective books . This was OK .
SassieFrassie
Decent. Suspenseful. Mind of the crimimal. Nature of guilt
~ Erin
St. Thomas. Fun listen - rum tasting, sunsets, chachaville
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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.

Pseudonyms:
Robert Hart Davis (collab...more
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