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 ...more
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
The rape victims and their families, the mayor, and law enforcement are all impacted in different ways.
Another fine story from Grand Master Pronzini.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.
Robert Hart Davis (collab ...more