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Sentinels (Nameless Detective #23)

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A "worried mother" job takes "Nameless" to a California backwater, where college student Allison McDowell has disappeared with her mysterious new boyfriend on a drive from Oregon to San Francisco. And behind a simple missing-persons case lies a sinister—and deadly—conspiracy. "'Nameless' is a good man to walk you through the noir landscape."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 15th 2002 by Carroll & Graf (first published 1996)
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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PROTAGONIST: Nameless Detective
SETTING: California
SERIES: #24 of 41
WHY: College student Allison McDowell and her new boyfriend were taking a trip from Oregon to San Francisco when they suddenly vanished. Nameless is hired by Allison's mother to find her. The investigation leads him to a remote town called Creekside, which is populated with racially and religiously intolerant people, as well as a militia type camp. The usual secondary characters, such as Kerri and Tamara, are mostly ab
Apr 01, 2013 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
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another good story by Pronzini with the Nameless Detective. This book takes place in the northeastern part of California, a less populated part of the state with small towns that don't welcome strangers. Nameless is looking for a missing young woman at the request of her mother. The intrigue keeps the reader's attention. There is more violence than in many of the other Nameless books, but not more than he can handle. I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Modoc and Lassen Counties this is a single plot thriller that becomes a quest for Nameless. You know from the beginning this is not going to end happy. Two college students on the way home to the Bay Area from the University of Oregon never come home. The mother of one the students hires Nameless to find her and so begins a long road trip up and down US 395 where all he encounters are hostile, insular people who are obviously hiding something.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Short book, but a good story. Nameless is searching for what happened to two college students who were driving home from Oregon and disappeared. The kicker is the very end of the book, in the last paragraph. Unrelated to the main story line but essential for the back story of the people in his life. Have to start the next book right away to see where this goes!
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Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this one down.
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great Nameless story.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first of Pronzini's "Nameless Detective" series. I read it quickly, ate it up like a bag of chips. Want more.
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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 41 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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