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Quarry (Nameless Detective #19)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  25 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 and 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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Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first contact with the series - book 19 - & yet I slipped into it without an issue. There's obviously a lot of back story & some is revealed. It's enough to lend some history, but there's never a dump & I'd guess it wouldn't grate on those who have followed the series.

It's a pretty typical detective series, but well done within those confines. The characterization is well done as is the overall mystery. I really liked the personal relationships. They're a lot more realisti
Aug 16, 2013 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 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
John Grazide
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the new dark side of Nameless. The internal fights he has with himself over some of the choices he makes are getting less and less. This one finds him in a tiny town south of SF. Hired by an older men to find out what's wrong with his adult daughter. She showed up at his house and is just the shell of the woman he knows her as. Without much to go on Namless starts his investigation. Little by little a figure is starting to take shape and when that figure attacks Nameless personaly things ge ...more
What a snooze this was. Doubt I will try another.
Apr 01, 2013 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
Michael Tildsley
This book is a tale of two halves.

The "hook" for this book doesn't come until around page 100. Keep in mind, the whole book is just barely over 200 pages. If I didn't like this author a lot, and I hadn't read him extensively in the past, I would not have finished this book, which is a shame. The first half of this book is only worth of a one-star rating. It commits the cardinal sin of fiction: it is deadly, deadly dull.

The second half is fantastic. It woke me up out of my stupor, stumbling from
May 07, 2015 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
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nameless Detective comes across as a hard-bitten cynic, which I like. I also like him as a person. The bad guy, not so much. There was definitely not enough development of this character, which made the story seem loosely tied.

I didn't see the connections until about 2/3 of the way through, so it was enough to keep my interest. Some of the descriptions come across a little reaching. A geographical feature like a brown, ashy nippleless breast? I don't think Mr. Pronzini is trying to write fo
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An entirely OK Nameless mystery. It presents an interesting sort of investigation, since the prime question is just "What's going on?" and that slowly leads Nameless deeper and deeper in murky criminality. There's some nice San Francisco and central California color, though it's light.

The book fails to excel, however, because of the lack of human connection. The client is a far away presence, and the two targets of Nameless' investigation are both enigmas. He's mechanically moving through the mo
May 19, 2012 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
May 13, 2015 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?
Jun 09, 2013 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.
Oct 31, 2014 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.
Mar 13, 2014 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.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful
pitiful --rates a negative star -- last of this Author that we will ever pick up
Colleen Lahey
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting story about arson.
Aug 03, 2012 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
Joe O'Connor
Sep 06, 2009 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
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the better of the Nameless Detective series. Has a very psychological "cat and mouse" feel to it.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Like this author and how he writes. Good detective mystery.
Nov 23, 2008 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.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nameless detective story about the CA girl who is hiding from the arsonist who hurt her.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good suspense yarn, interesting characters
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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)