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Bindlestiff (Nameless Detective #10)

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Nameless is hired by Miss Arlene Bradford to find her father, Charles Bradford. He has disappeared for good. Nameless has to act fast, as bodies start piling up.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 08, 2016 Col rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p, 2015

Miss Arlene Bradford hires Nameless to find her father. Fired from his government job, Charles Bradford has become a freeloading hobo. It turns out he's inherited a lot of money, and Arlene wants him to have it -- but her sister, Hannah, has some different feelings.

When Nameless hits the tracks to investigate, he discovers something very serious has happened to Bradford, he has disappeared – for good. And when the gruesome facts of this mysterious case come to light, Nameless ha
May 03, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, detective, 2015
The tenth Nameless book starts out with our hero in a fair bit of financial difficulty himself. With no licence he has no income.His office is gone and worst of all he's had to fall back on his only way of making enough cash to feed himself, namely selling off some of his precious pulp collection starting with some of his less loved editions. But things are about to change. Ex-cop best friend Eberhardt has had a hand in getting Nameless' licence restored but not without asking for something in r ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Cat. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
One of the reasons I love these books is that I can get through one of them in about 6 hours' reading time. At most. They're also usually fun and interesting. Who the heck knows what a bindlestiff is? I do, now.

This one is about hobos and trains and sisterly love. Very quaint, the portrayal of hoboing. Could have lived without the 'quaint' portrayal of librarians, however. grr
Sep 24, 2014 Janice rated it liked it
Well written, but characters not as engaging as most of his other Nameless stories.
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Mar 02, 2017 John Grazide rated it liked it
They can't all be home runs. Right? Nameless gets his license back and his first case is to find his clients missing father because of an inheritance. The father was seen in a newspaper article about hobos. Otherwise known as bindlestiffs. It was a little predictable but now so much so that it was a hug detractor. Nice little twist with the sister and her first husband. The hobo jungle and the well scene were really well done.
Apr 01, 2013 Karl rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2010 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Pronzini’s nameless detective has a reason to celebrate. He got his private investigator’s license back and a new assignment on the same day. Arleen Bradford wants him to locate her estranged father who’s been a hobo riding the rails for some time. The family’s come into some money and Arleen thinks her father should have his share. Her sister, Hannah, disagrees and tries to persuade Nameless not to look for him. But Arleen’s a paying client and her intentions appear to be more honorable th ...more
May 11, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#10 in the Nameless Detective series. Nameless gets his license restored and gets hired for a new case on the same day. Finding a missing relative take him on an interesting trip to Oroville. As usual,the case is not entirely as it seems and entails some danger. Nameless is still not physically up to snuff since being shot in the shoulder (Dragonfire - 1982) and since he retired from the SFPD, Eberhardt is pestering him about a partnership. But love interest Kerry Wade has returned. An enjoyable ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Patti rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009, mystery
Boy, has Nameless gotten beat up in the last 2 books I've read in this series. I realize that's usual for a PI series, but good grief! In this book, the word bindlestiff refers to a hobo who rides the rails, and Nameless has a client whose father has become one, and she wants him found because he has an inheritance. Our hero begins the search, and through several coincidences (some detecting involved, but more coincidences), figures out the big picture. This one was a bit of stretch for me, and ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
What the hell is a bindlestiff? A weird title but an action packed story. Nameless heads out to Oroville looking for a woman's father who has become a hobo. He gets more than he bargained for on this missing person case-not once but twice. I couldn't connect the dots as fast as Nameless on this one.
Feb 15, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A missing person's search leads Nameless to yet another murder, and this time he almost buys the farm himself! Quick read ... more developing of the back story which keeps me coming back for more. Most of these books are out of print so I'm having to go through various resources to track them down.
Nat Kidder
Sep 20, 2015 Nat Kidder rated it really liked it
With his license restored, Nameless hunts down a latter-day hobo to inform him of a large inheritance, only to be caught up in a family feud. Solid entry in an outstanding private-eye series; would rate 5 stars if Pronzini hadn't made some gratuitous political comments.
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Nov 03, 2012 Sally Plunkett rated it really liked it
#10 of the Nameless Detective Series
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
fast-paced, classic Nameless
Feb 03, 2008 Sonic rated it did not like it
waste of time
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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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