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Mourners (Nameless Detective #30)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  187 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Nameless has seen enough death in his years; spending his time watching someone drive to several funerals a day, funerals for people Nameless doesn't even know, is more than he can take.
Then the bits and pieces begin to fall into place: The funerals James Troxell is attending are all for women who died violently.  Is he the killer?  One wom
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Forge Books (first published March 1st 2006)
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Jun 16, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Pronzini writes a good solid mystery, and this one is no different. I've been making my way through his "Nameless Detective" books for over fifteen years now. Pronzini has added characters and his main protagonist has aged and evolved so that we see him as real. This storyline is quite interesting. I was kept intrigued as to how it would be resolved. There is suspense and concern over the fate of the characters. I very good read! Pronzini has also written some westerns that I haven't tried, ...more
MOURNERS (Private Invest-San Francisco-Cont) – Ex
Pronzini, Bill – 30th in series
Forge, 2006- Hardcover
The “Nameless” agency team knows about separation and death. “Nameless” friend and partner committed suicide, Jake Runyon’s wife died of cancer and Tamara’s love has moved to Philadelphia. The agency has been hired, by his wife,to follow James Troxell. Rather than another woman, they find he is attending the funerals of women who have been raped and murdered. At a cemetery, Jake sees a young wom
Mar 26, 2015 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The agency is hired by a wife to follow her husband James Troxell who is acting suspiciously. She fervently believes he is not having an affair, but wants to find out what is going on. Jake Runyon discovers Troxell is attending funerals of women who were violently murdered and has also rented a secret crash pad. Is Troxell the killer? One of the sisters of a murdered woman zeros in on Troxell’s odd behavior at her sisters funeral and thinks he might be the killer. Good mystery; good suspense. Th ...more
Harry Addington
Jun 14, 2017 Harry Addington rated it it was amazing
Well done story with many of the characters in mourning. But there are murders to solve.
Apr 01, 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
Aug 03, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bill-pronzini
Nameless was hired by a wife who wanted to learn why her husband was spending so much time away from home, at night. The surveillance takes him to funeral after funeral and cemetery after cemetery. Nameless looked into the husband’s background and what he found explained the man’s behavior. Meanwhile, Tamara, Nameless’s assistant is having boyfriend problems and Jake, Nameless’s co-private eye, needs a new case to take his mind off his dead wife. Nameless’s wife Carrie is going through something ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Nameless was hired by a wife who wanted to learn why her husband was spending so much time away from home, at night. The surveillance takes him to funeral after funeral and cemetery after cemetery. Nameless looked into the husband’s background and what he found explained the man’s behavior. Meanwhile, Tamara, Nameless’s assistant is having boyfriend problems and Jake, Nameless’s co-private eye, needs a new case to take his mind off his dead wife. Nameless’s wife Carrie is going through something ...more
Jul 01, 2010 Marcy rated it liked it
The Nameless Detective Agency is hired by the wife of a financial consultant to follow her husband who has started acting very strangely and disappearing for periods of time. The investigation leads to a second mystery - the murder of a young woman. Never having read the Nameless Detective series, I mistakenly started with this, the 31st, for a F2F group read. As I usually do when reading out-of-order, I felt like a fish out of water and regretted not knowing the characters' back stories. I fini ...more
Lynn Pribus
May 15, 2010 Lynn Pribus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read Pronzini and I think I had read this one before, but I was particularly interested in his development of the story. The "Nameless" chapters were in first person, but other chapters were headed by other characters and told in their POV, but in third person.

There were a couple chapters that just extended the book and could have been omitted without affecting the story at all.

There was a character named Bill that appeared part way through and I couldn't place him f
Jun 04, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
Bill Pronzini has written some of my favorite mysteries. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. I really like the "Nameless Detective" series but I have not read one for so long, I felt somewhat lost with some of the characters. I really struggled caring about the receptionist's dating life or sickness at home. I really enjoyed the part of this book that stuck to the mystery and will certainly read more from Pronzini. Read "A Wasteland of Strangers" or "Shackles" to thoroughly enjoy Pronzini.
Apr 03, 2007 Steve rated it it was ok
My first nameless detective book. I have a large amount of authors I read, but keep catching up with all their boooks, so I'm always on the lookout, especially for new mystery writers. Jury is out after this one. Sometimes an author hooks me right away, sometimes I know it won't work right away. I struggle with the ones that are in between, because sometimes I need two or three books to decide! Sometimes it writing style, sometimes it's setting, sometimes dialog or plot. Let you know when I read ...more
Kae Cheatham
Dec 29, 2010 Kae Cheatham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This "nameless Detective" mystery is as well conceived and delivered as all the others. The agency is hired to discover why a man is acting strangely. This leads agency-partner Jake to a woman he's compelled to help, and it all inter meshes into one sad and frightening story of possessive love. Tamara, (office/research assistant) meantime, is having her own love problems, and the family relationship with "nameless' and Kerry is fraught with tension.
Jul 23, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#30 in the Nameless Detective series. Nameless is a hard-boiled San Francisco PI.

#30 - Nameless Detective (now with a first name of Bill) is engaged in tailing a man who attends funerals of women who have met a violent death. During his shift, Jake Runyan meets the sister of one of the killed women and decides to look into her murder on his own time. Tamara gets a breakup phone call from Horace. Kerry has breast cancer.
Jan 17, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
This was my first Nameless Detective book in the series so it did take me a few minutes to figure out who each character was and why they were significant. The author did undertake to examine various things that a person could mourn: their health, their late spouse and a boyfriend who had just broken up with a main character. I did enjoy the book. I started it as an audio book and I think that I enjoyed it more as an audio book than as a book that I read. A first for me.
Jan 14, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Nameless watches over a man in mourning for something he didn't do. Jake checks out a possible reason for the man in mourning's strange behavior and starts to obsess about a victim's sister. Not only are the plots good they sound like something out of Law and Order but the relationships between the characters are realistic. Just waiting for this to be on TV. While doing their jobs they deal with loneliness, cancer, living to work, working to live. Glad I still have another 30 of these to read.
Allyana Ziolko
Feb 14, 2010 Allyana Ziolko rated it it was ok
Everyone in this book is on a heart-wrenching bum trip and refusing to pull themselves out of it. There's a crime but we don't really get to solve it. We get to listen to everyone belabor their misfortunes while we catch the guy who we know did it. Gets two stars for being a half-way decent soap opera and where I'm not a fan of soaps, they have their place in the world occupying folks who haven't figured out that they have the ability to direct their own lives.
Lori S.
3 1/2 stars

Not many books end quite the way this one does, but it's part of an ongoing series, so I have no complaints.

Fairly interesting mysteries, interesting characters, and good writing all make this book worth reading. Or, in this case listening to. The narrator used a surprisingly flat tone, but it was just right for the story.
Oct 16, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Liked this author style and, especially, liked the narration. Characters well-developed, each with separate cases, providing interesting subplots. Nothing boring here, have read others in series and will continue.
Sep 29, 2015 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
AudioBook-Read by Nick Sullivan
Narrator gave a believable performance with natural phrasing.
My first Nameless Detective. Found the characters of the detective agency to be intriguing while still quite human.
I will read another of this series.
Jun 08, 2009 Ethan rated it really liked it
An enjoyable fast read.
Jan 18, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
Mourners: A Nameless Detective Novel ("Nameless" Detective Novels) by Bill Pronzini (2007)
Jan 25, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Pronzini's "nameless detective" series, you'll love this one.
Doug Haskin
Aug 28, 2013 Doug Haskin rated it it was amazing
As always, so good I couldn't put it down, and finished it in a few quick sittings.
Jun 16, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I enjoyed this book. I found the mystery took the bulk of the word count which is refreshing.
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
Al Stoess
Aug 24, 2011 Al Stoess rated it liked it
Another good yarn by Pronzini. Added a bit of sex.
Diane Clavette
May 30, 2011 Diane Clavette rated it really liked it
Continues to lure the reader in with good plots and great characterizations.
Sep 07, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
I thought this was a good, but not great story. I anticipated the main par to the ending and it really wasn't a surprise. Entertaiing.
Dec 29, 2014 Bernadette rated it really liked it
The title is strongly reflected in all
the various threads and characters throughout the book.
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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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