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Twenty-three of Shamus Award-winning author Bill Pronzini's stories, all of which display his versatility, his clean, crisp narrative style, and his keen awareness of detail. These tales, including three that feature his well-known series chararacter, the "Nameless Detective", run the gamut from psychological suspense ("Strangers in the Fog") to satire ("A Craving for Originality") to Western gothic ("The Hanging Man" and "His Name was Legion").

Of special note, "Proof of Guilt" is a dandy murder-in-a-locked-room puzzle; "Multiples" (written with Barry N. Malzberg) is an intriguing literary exercise about a man who can't decide whether to kill his wife or simply write about it; "Rebound" is a solid character piece about a washed-up reporter stalking a once-great basketball player; and "Peekaboo", about the lone tenant in a large, eerie house, has an ending that will make readers jump.

This will be a Crossroad Press production.

©1985 Bill Pronzini (P)2012 David N. Wilson

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What an imagination!

Well-written, holds your attention throughout all of the short stories.

Mark Douglas Nelson did a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Classic Pronzini

Pronzini is an old pro who always delivers. This collection is no different. If you like Pronzini's work, you'll want to read this. If you are new to his work, this might be a good place to start.

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Excellent

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Bill Pronzini is the master of short stories.

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excellent short stories. Cant get enough of them.

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  • 09-30-20

Ane njoyable collection

Another Audible book from Bill Pronzini and another collection of short stories, his best ones apparently - 23 in all.

The books comprises the following.....

CONTENTS
Preface
Cain's Mark
A Lot on His Mind
The Pattern
I Don't Understand It
Proof of Guilt
Multiples (with Barry N. Malzberg)
Sweet Fever
Putting the Pieces Back
Smuggler's Island
Under the Skin
Caught in the Act
Strangers in the Fog
His Name Was Legion
Rebound (with Barry N. Malzberg)
Black Wind
A Craving for Originality
Peekaboo
Two Weeks Every Summer
The Hanging Man
Changes
Cat's Paw (A "Nameless Detective" Story)
Skeleton Rattle Your Mouldy Leg (A "Nameless Detective" Story)
Sanctuary (A "Nameless Detective" Story)

The introduction advises that the stories in the collection date from the late 60s to the mid-80s when the set was originally published, several of them were award winners.

A few weeks on, I'd struggle to remember all of them from title alone, but most of them kept me amused while I listened to them. Pronzini's prose is usually quite straightforward and there's nothing ever really left open to reader interpretation as to the outcome. They are pretty definitive in their endings.

Some of the stories had been encountered before in other collections from him, but I was happy enough to hear them again. We have different genres covered with Western as well as mystery.

Two Weeks Every Summer was my favourite. Guys chatting about their forthcoming vactions with two in particular letting off steam for two weeks every year, after suppressing their true selves for the previous fifty. It does make you wonder about how well you truly know people.

I also enjoyed the Nameless tales and they reminded me that I should really get back to the series which I abandoned about six years ago. (Not because I wasn't vibing the books.)

Nearly nine hours of enjoyment to keep me amused during the workday and some everyday solitary tasks which didn't need 100% concentration.

3.5 from 5

Read - (listened to) September, 2020
Published - 1985
Page count - 217 (8 hrs 50 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible