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The Violated

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A new stand-alone thriller by an acclaimed master of the genre and author of the Nameless Detective series.

Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards—a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field—along with rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful s
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

This book was okay. Just okay not great but also not bad.
As mentioned in the blurb it touches in the subject of rape so that may me a trigger to some readers.
This book also have multiple POV which I thought was great for this book and story.
The story was entertaining and kept me guessing while I was sitting on the edge of my chair.
The characters were good but some of them seemed a bit immature, which kind of took away from the overall thriller of the story.
While most of the book was entert

Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent use of multiple POV to tell this story of a community faced with a serial rapist and murder.

The rape victims and their families, the mayor, and law enforcement are all impacted in different ways.

Another fine story from Grand Master Pronzini.
Eileen Nichols
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well I finished it. That's about all to say. While the story was somewhat interesting and I liked the multiple perspectives, the writing was at times juvenile. "my boyfriend is a stud" the kids name was Timmy, etc. not the best or worst I've read.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel by Bill Pronzini, is a standalone novel about the murder of a convicted sex offender who had undergone psychiatric treatment for voyeurism in Ohio. After time in a mental hospital, his doctors declared him cured, and so he moves to California to live with his wife. Unfortunately, Martin Torrey, broke the law by not registering as a sex offender when he moved to California. In the small city where he lives with his wife, four brutal rapes occur, and many people are convinced Torrey is ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bill Pronzini's standalone, The Violated, is pitch-perfect. The crime story is told from multiple viewpoints, but the story flows easily from one voice to the next. Sometimes, that could be confusing, difficult to follow, and it might throw off a reader. Not with this story. It's the perfect way to demonstrate how crime destroys a community, person by person.

When two young boys find a body in Echo Park in Santa Rita, California, many of the townspeople view it as the end of a crime spree. Martin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
Bill Pronzini is the author who kindled my interest in modern crime fiction. His long running series about the Nameless Detective is getting a little long in the tooth so I was pleased to see that he had written another stand alone novel. Presenting multiple points of view is often attempted by writers but not as often successful. Pronzini takes us inside the minds of all the people violated by a rapist in this small town in Northern California. We meet the victims, their families, the law offic ...more
Geoff. Lamb
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Bill Pronzini is justly famous for his Nameless Detective series. Each of those stories (those that I have read, perhaps 20+) are well-plotted and exude atmosphere. The Violated (not part of the ND series) does not (to me) rise to that level. The story is told through the voices of several people, with no central narrator. With the exception of police chief and one of the victims (Eileen), the individual voices were stilted, mannered, which may well be what the author was after. And, for this re ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced reader’s copy of “The Violated” by Bill Pronzini, on and am posting an honest review. I gave it a rating of 4 stars.

In The Violated, Pronzini does a superb job of describing the vast emotional toll inflicted upon all the people associated with four women attacked by a serial rapist in a small city. The story is told in brief chapters, each one voiced by one person, including the four victims, family members, police officers, the city mayor, the newspaper owner, ev
Thomas Bruso
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bill Pronzini detours from his usual Nameless Detective series and hits another home run with this gripping new standalone, “The Violated.”

The story opens with the body of what appears to be Martin Torrey, the serial rapist, who has been hunting women and killing them for pleasure. Santa Rita Police Department Officers Leo Malatesta and John Jablonski interview the two young men who were at the scene, walking through Echo Park on their way home.

Torrey is lying face up in a grassy riverbed, thre
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Seldom have I been as disappointed in an end as with this story, easily costing 2 stars. 1 of 10 stars
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've probably said this before, but Bill Pronzini is my favorite mystery writer. his books are always tightly plotted, the action and narrative beautifully woven into an interesting and intriguing story.

First of all, this is not one of his Nameless Detective books, which have always been mystery gold. The Violated is a stand-alone mystery, following a cast of characters in Santa Rita, California through their lives and thoughts as they deal with the terror of a serial rapist and the murder of t
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
An unidentified man has viciously attacked four women in Santa Rita, California. The perpetrator is still at large and there are few promising leads. Consequently, the self-serving mayor, Hugh Delahunt, believes that this provides a golden opportunity to appoint one of his allies to replace Chief of Police Griffin Kells. Subsequently, a local resident, Martin Torrey—who failed to register as a convicted sex offender when he moved from Ohio to California—is found dead. Although there is no proof ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
THE VIOLATED. (2017). Bill Pronzini. **1/2.
Bill Pronzini, the author of the acclaimed series of detective novels featuring “The Nameless Detective,” also has an impressive number of stand-alone novels under his belt. This latest one just doesn’t measure up to his normal performance. The first flaw in the work is the sheer number of characters. I still try and write down the names and descriptions of major characters as I read along in a book to help me keep them straight. I soon found that by pa
Ben Boulden
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Santa Rita is a small town with a big city problem: a serial rapist is working its streets. When the prime suspect, Martin Torrey, is murdered—a bullet to the back of his head and two postmortem shots to his groin—the police’s rape investigation is derailed by what appears to be a vigilante murder. Martin’s death is good news for most of Santa Rita’s residents, even his wife feels some guilty relief, and the investigation seems to be going nowhere fast as the embattled Sheriff, Griffin Kells, tr ...more
Gloria Feit
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From the publisher: The novel begins with the body of a dead man lying “face up on the grassy riverbank, legs together and ankles crossed, arms spread-eagled above his head with palms upturned and fingers curled, in a grotesque parody of the crucifixion.” The victim, Martin Torrey, according to public opinion, is not a victim but instead the lead suspect in an on-going investigation of four brutal rapes and assaults against four women taken place in the span of four months, each ore violent than
Amber Berry
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I chose this author because he is the husband of a mystery writer, Marcia Muller, who I like. This is not a series, but a stand-along, another reason I choose it.
This police procedural set in a small California town is told in the first person from the perspective of many players, and each chapter is short, so it's an easy read. I imagine that this must be what detective work must be like. It's not full of action, just following various leads.
I think the parts of the book that will stay with me
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a Nameless Detective book. Just so you know. Well-written (of course, Bill Pronzini!) mystery of who is raping women in a small California town. We find the action starting with the discovery of the body of the suspected rapist, a local man with a history of being a peeping Tom. Each chapter is told from the first person point of view of a different character: the hard-working chief of police; the venal mayor who is trying to discredit him so he can put his own hand-picked flunky int ...more
John Grazide
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The multiple perspective story telling took a little getting used to, but once I found the rhythm it went on nicely. I was hoping for a little bit more complexity, especially with so many points of view. But it was a pretty straight forward plot. Some of the perspectives seemed to be filler, with slight hints to to solution. But they were quickly dispelled. In most cases by the author within the same chapter. Also, I am nearing the end of my binge of Nameless so that may have played into the thr ...more
Charles Moore
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Pronzini is your regular type mystery/police procedural writer. He's been at it for years and has all the awards and anthologies and such. I would award this in the middle of other mysteries I've read. He uses a revolving set of narrators none of whom is the culprit and therefore not bound to lie to the reader. He does, and does it pretty well, discuss various topics from various points of view. It would be tempting to copy this method and it has been copied. This one is done with class and skil ...more
Rich Van Ollefen
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was 50% character study, 50% mystery in my opinion.

If you like a story from multiple points of view, you could add a star. To me it was a bit confusing, particularly since several of the characters really contributed little to the storyline and the constant shifting made for a choppier read.

Worth getting at the library, not sure I'd spend money on it.
Lee Battersby
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellently constructed, multi-level narrative utilising a wide range of points of view and narrative strands. A simple crime builds in complexity and consequence, and the red herrings that constitute the secondary narrative are perfectly weighted and timed to create suspense and confusion. A slightly weak ending and reveal do not diminish the satisfaction.
Derelict Space Sheep
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: detective

Something of an experimental crime novel. A small-town rape suspect is murdered and Pronzini, rather than focussing on the investigation itself, switches among first-person viewpoints to offer a more holistic examination of the community. The unfinished personal stories embody lack of closure.
Karrie Stewart
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bill Pronzini has done of the best multiple point of views I have ever read. I was worried it be confusing but he did such a great job making each character unique. A WARNING to anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has been. Some of the descriptions can be a little rough so read with caution. I'm curious to see what his other books are like.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Can't believe I've never read any books by this author. Very inventive way to write: Have the individual characters narrate how they see a particular development in a linear fashion. Really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Overall the plot was a little weak, ending was imagined many chapters before the end, but still an interesting book and I'll look for more developments from this author.
Keith Lytton
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not a nameless book..which is a good break...Love nameless..but his other novels are so well done...this is no exception...the story is good..a quick read...the set up with each chapter being the voice of the character named...but once I got into became a very neat way to read the story...well worth it and very good.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Not a bad plot. But with the narrator supposedly changing with each chapter -- the narrative voice was the same no matter who was supposedly narrating. They had individual voices in dialogue, but not when narrating.
Cherie Waggie
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bill Pronzini continues to be one of my most favorite authors. This versatile author of over 50 years continues excellence in all genres. I definitely recommend his books to everyone, whether you like mysteries, paranormal, westerns, or fantasy.
Barbara Schultz
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
All the POV of so many characters had me curious. I did like a few of them but most were too nasty for my liking. I hate profanity and I should have been suspicious of this subject matter. Yep ~ this didn’t work for me.

Ellen Trufant
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot of different points of view tracking the aftermath of rapes' effects on 5 rape victims and the cops working their cases. The small town setting helps contain and shape the story. Minimal suspense and zero thrills as the case unfolds, but it is interesting.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
not a huge fan of the dialog between characters. no one seemed to have their own voice.
liked the story and the turns it took though.
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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

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