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Bleeders (Nameless Detective #27)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  112 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A simple case of blackmail gets lethally complicated when "Nameless," Bill Pronzini's seasoned private-eye, exposes a nasty scam that involves junior accounts executive Jay Cohalan, his unhappy wife, and a mistress with a serious drug problem. It's the kind of case "Nameless" likes, because bleeders - the blackmailers, extortionists, small-time grifters, and other opportun ...more
Published (first published December 19th 2001)
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Jan 01, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
PROTAGONIST: Nameless Detective
SETTING: California
SERIES: #30 of 44
RATING: 3.75
WHY: The client is being blackmailed and is using his wife's money to pay the tab. Before too long there's a lot of double crosses and death, and a frightening close call for Nameless. He's 60 years old and has an adopted daughter who needs him. The crime plot is fine, but what is really absorbing is to see Nameless assess his life. Looks like big changes ahead.
Mar 21, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Pronzini writes interesting mysteries that alway keep you involved. In this installment in the life of "Nameless," he again meets with life-threatening events. There are also changes in his domestic life, and at the end of the book it seems he is about to make another change. I love these books. I only hope I don't reach the end of the series before Pronzini stops writing them.
Oct 15, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#27 in the Nameless Detective series.

Nameless Detective series - Hired to safeguard a blackmailed husband's final payoff, Nameless is almost killed and his client is murdered. In addition, the money, the husband, the husband's mistress and a vicious killer all go missing. Nameless has patrolled the mean streets of San Francisco for a long time, and nobody knows them better or performs the traditional PI role better. But age is telling, and his near-death experience has Nameless re-evaluating his
Sep 12, 2013 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  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
BLEEDERS is the 27th novel in the Nameless Detective series by Bill Pronzini. Normally, I won't start in the middle of a series like this - this is the first I've read from the series.

Our Nameless Detective is the narrator of BLEEDERS. He's 60ish with a wife and a newly adopted ten-year-old daughter.

The novel opens with Nameless waiting with his client, Jay Cohalan, for a call from a blackmailer. Cohalan has hired Nameless to stop the blackmailer who is supposedly "bleeding" him dry. But when C
Brett Wallach
Aug 22, 2014 Brett Wallach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's true that Pronzini s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s the paper thin plot as far as he can to get to 200 pages. But the characters seem real and alive, as does the Northern California backdrop, and the poignant last few pages pushed me up to four stars.
Harry Addington
Apr 12, 2016 Harry Addington rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery with the added value of watching this character reach a turning point in his long career as a private detective.
Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
Jul 22, 2008 Grey853 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, detective
I like Pronzini's easy, old-fashioned style of writing. It reminds me of the hardboiled detective writers of the 50s and 60s, but it's set in present time. It's amazing to me that he's written so many books and his detective is still "Nameless".

In this book, Nameless nearly gets killed during a blackmail case that goes horribly wrong. It rattles him and he spends most of the book not only trying to get justice for his client, but to find his nerve again.
Aug 01, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small story, lots of thinking, still liked it a lot.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: "Nameless" detective; after foiling an extortion plot, Nameless is almost killed but the assailants gun fails and now the detective is looking to track him down while contemplating his future
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Nameless recent case sent him on a mission to find the man who nearly killed him with his daughter watching. The man ran off when his gun jammed. Bleeders was a good read and Gregory Gorton did a good job in storytelling.
might have enjoyed this more if I hadn't skipped the previous 4 books of the series. My library didn't have them in audiobook format for my commute listening.
Kae Cheatham
Feb 12, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good sense of place and emotional balance. The seamy side of Frisco came through almost too well. Story was interesting; character was the compelling force.
Al Stoess
Mar 10, 2013 Al Stoess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pronzini fans. Mystery fans.
Good standard Pronzini. Always worth reading.

Second reading in March of 2013. Good but not his best.
the nameless one gets closer to retirement...
I can relate.
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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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