For the Nameless Detective, investigations involving matters of the heart are to be avoided at all costs. When an old poker buddy asks him to help frazzled and distraught Kay Runyon, whose husband, Victor, is having a clandestine affair with a mystery woman named Nedra, Nameless unwillingly relents, but he soon discovers there is much more at stake than a simple affair.
Nedra is a modern-day Circe who attracts men who become dangerously obsessed with her. Compounding the sticky situation at hand, Victor's obsession with her takes a bizarre twist when she suddenly vanishes without a trace. Did she disappear willingly or was she the victim of one of her lovers' private demons? Nameless must find out before it's too late to save Victor and Kay from tragic ends. And he must do so while trying to cope with a very personal and private demon of his own.
Murder anonymous: solve another case with the Nameless Detective.
©1993 The Pronzini-Muller Family Trust. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio
I have read a good dozen Nameless mysteries. All of them are solid first class low key mysteries. Pronzini is not as well known as Dick Francis. I would say that Francis is Pronzini's most similar contemporary writer. If you like Francis, your going to like these books.
Like all of the Nameless stories, this one is fairly simple. A lot of inner reflection on the part of the protagonist. The bad guys are not about to cause the end of the world. These are small problems.
What makes this a good story is Nameless. A guy who is always thinking. He's not a super hero. He's a human being. And through Pronzini, Nameless comes alive. In a good way.
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