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Quarry (Nameless Detective #19)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  99 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Old Man Hass is concerned by the near-catatonic behavior of his daughter, Grady. The young woman showed up at his doorstep a few days earlier, refused to admit that anything was wrong, and has been wandering around the farm, not talking, barely eating. The "Nameless Detective" thinks the old farmer would have been better off calling a psychiatrist--but he's at least willin ...more
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Aug 16, 2013 Bebe rated it it was ok
One of the most unusual detective stories I ever read, an ex-cop turned detective chasing a deranged killer he calls the "executioner", yet he (the ex-cop)carries no gun (he loathes guns). The characters are off the wall, the victim of this "executioner" has the personality of a dead banana. Read this book only if there is absolutely nothing else at hand.
Apr 27, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads

Nameless is hired by an old farmer, Arlo Haas, to investigate what has happened to his daughter. She has returned home from SF. Always a very private person, Grady Haas is clearly tormented by something that has happened to her but won't discuss it with anyone. Nameless determines that she has been subjected to psychological torture, although that was never very clearly explained. The villain is adept and clever and outsmarts Nameless, even trying to kill him in a fire. Nam
May 07, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#19 in the Nameless Detective series. Take note that this is a 1992 entry in the series; the timing is significant because there is talk of the earthquake damage and rebuilding of the San Francisco waterfront as well as the drought damage in the Salinas Valley. In addition to the case where Nameless is engaged in a straightforward case of eliciting clues and tracking down a villain, subplots include Kerry's mother is looking at an assisted living facility and Eberhardt's fiancée is fed up with h ...more
Sep 12, 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
Oct 31, 2014 Bernadette rated it liked it
Started slow for me. I suppose because I'm unfamiliar with the series. Enjoyed it more once the actual investigation got going. I don't agree with the protagonist all the time, but I appreciate that the author explores the ethical and moral implications of actions.
Jun 02, 2015 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nameless is engaged by an elderly farmer to find out what is haunting his 31-year old daughter Grace. Grace suddenly returned to the farm from San Francisco; deserted her job as an insurance adjuster, and is a shell of her former self. Grace will not discuss her situation with anyone. Nameless goes to San Francisco to investigate and finds that Grace is in real danger from a mystery lover. But why?
Mar 18, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nameless is developing more and more, showing more of his dark side but with a strong central moral code. He's more prone to anger and has a firmer sense of justice rather than strict adherence to the law. A good tale told by a good storyteller.
Feb 18, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
Nameless detective story about the CA girl who is hiding from the arsonist who hurt her.
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
Jun 03, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
An ailing father hires Nameless to find out what is troubling his 31 year old daughter, who has fled from San Francisco and her job as an insurance adjuster to hide in her rural childhood home south of Salinas. The daughter is a shy almost selfish woman who won't tell anybody anything. Nameless has his work cut out for him. Her fear is palpable and justified. Pronzini masterfully has us turning the pages as the mystery unravels and Nameless gets personal with a nemesis who is always one step ahe ...more
Jun 09, 2013 AnnieM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I can cross this series off my list. It is deathly slow detective novel. After four hours (well over half way through the novel) I couldn't make myself care what happens to any of these people. It was a slow narration. It was a slow progression of a novel. The ending wasn't interesting enough to make me care about anything else that happened in the previous 6.5 hours.
Janice Stribl
Nov 06, 2014 Janice Stribl rated it really liked it
One of the better of the Nameless Detective series. Has a very psychological "cat and mouse" feel to it.
Joe O'c
Sep 06, 2009 Joe O'c rated it liked it
Very Good; Continuing character: "Nameless" detective; PI helps man whose daughter appears to have been traumitized and runs into an arsonist for hire
May 05, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: bill-pronzini
Did not care for this one. I have been reading some of his newer stuff which I did like. I was able to finish this
Nov 25, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it
I've liked all the Nameless Detective series. This one is fast-paced, good setting, and a good yarn to boot.
Aug 10, 2011 Mom rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful
pitiful --rates a negative star -- last of this Author that we will ever pick up
Mar 08, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Like this author and how he writes. Good detective mystery.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good suspense yarn, interesting characters
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Jul 07, 2012 Colleen Lahey rated it liked it
Interesting story about arson.
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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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