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    • The Bughouse Affair

    • A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan, Meredith Mitchell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 47

    In The Bughouse Affair, this first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina's case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady "dip" who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Why can't readers look words up?

    • By consuelo on 07-19-14

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Flimflam Affair

    • Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series, Book 7
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Mark Peckham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. While the future is unclear, Sabina and John know one thing for certain: they will protect their clients from flimflammers, thieves, and murderers, and do whatever it takes to run these dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes, that requires a subtle touch. Professor A. Vargas, self-styled medium extraordinaire, and his partner Annabelle, use guile and trickery to swindle bereaved men and women eager to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones. 

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Endgame

    • A Nameless Detective Novel
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Nameless Detective has taken many cases over the years...and these two will test his agency's resources. The first involves a woman whose husband is accidentally killed in a remote cabin in the Sierras. The wife isn't buying that he was alone, and she's determined to uncover his secret and get closure...in spite of any potential heartbreak. Nameless' next case is a missing person - a person who was agoraphobic and never left the house.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Undercurrent

    • The Nameless Detective, Book 3
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    The Nameless Detective is hired by a young wife to find out whether her husband has been having an affair. He trails the husband to a motel of cabins in a small village, sees him meet with a bald man, and then return to his cabin. Hours later, Nameless realizes the cabin may have a backdoor; he investigates and finds the husband has been murdered!

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Fever

    • The Nameless Detective Novels, Book 33
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nameless had told Mitchell Krochek he'd do whatever he could to find his missing wife, Janice. She'd run away before - propelled by a gambling fever that grew ever higher - and Mitch had always taken her back. This time, when Nameless, his partner, Tamara, and the agency's chief operative, Jake Runyon, finally found her in a sleazy San Francisco hotel, she demanded a divorce. A few days later, a beaten and bloody Janice stumbled into the agency begging to go home. No one is surprised when, soon after her homecoming, she disappears again.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • More Oddments

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    More Oddments features 14 more detective stories featuring characters such as Fergus O'Hara and the "Nameless" Detective. The stories included in this collection are: "Fergus O'Hara, Detective", "Chip", "Opportunity", "A Craving for Originality", "One of Those Cases (A "Nameless Detective" Story)", "I Didn't Do It", "Quicker Than the Eye (with Michael Kurland)", "Angel of Mercy", "Connoisseur", "Mrs. Rakubian", "Smuggler's Island", "A Taste of Paradise", "Under the Skin", and "Prose Bowl (with Barry N. Malzberg)".

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Booktaker

    • A Nameless Detective Mystery
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 954
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 824
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 820

    The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Weak writing and weaker reading

    • By Doug on 12-29-11

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Greatest Western Stories of the 20th Century

    • By: Louis L'Amour, Brian Garfield, Donald Hamilton, and others
    • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds, Juice Newton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    The most renowned American authors in Western fiction are brought together in one bang 'em-up, shoot-it-out collection! Including titles by Louis L'Amour, Brian Garfield, Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini, Thomas Thompson, John M. Cunningham, Chad Oliver, Donald Hamilton, Loren D. Estleman and Owen Wister.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected

    • By Rick on 06-10-08

    Regular price: $11.34

    • The Bags of Tricks Affair

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Mark Peckham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    A con man always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what’s left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives. 

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Dark Screams

    • Volume One
    • By: Kelley Armstrong, Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, and others
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Weeds by Stephen King: When a meteorite lands on his property, Jordy Verrill envisions an easy payday. Unfortunately for Jordy, this is no ordinary rock - and the uncompromising force inside has found its first target.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • WISH IN ONE HAND, SPIT IN THE OTHER

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-14-16

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Nemesis

    • Nameless Detective, Book 38
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Young, newly rich Verity Daniels claims to be receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. When Jake Runyon agrees to investigate, it seems a relatively simple matter to expose the extortionist by setting a trap for him. The case, however, is nowhere near as clear-cut as it first appears. And Verity Daniels is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretends to be. A series of surprise revelations culminates in Runyon being falsely accused of a crime that never happened.

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Murder to Go

    • Murder Mysteries
    • By: Sara Paretsky, Barbara Paul, Wendy Hornsby, and others
    • Narrated by: Barbara Bain, Ed McMahon, Paula Prentiss
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Bite into this delectable collection of "whodunits" from some of today's hottest mystery writers. Whet your appetite with Sara Paretsky's "Skin Deep," in which V.I. "Vic" Warshawski takes on a chi-chi salon after one of its clients turns up dead. For your next course, try Wendy Hornsby's award-winning "Nine Sons," a country schoolteacher's recollection of a gifted student whose farm life was more troubled than it seemed.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • an ok listen

    • By Charlene on 08-06-07

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Cain's Mark

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
    • Length: 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A "botched" hit and blackmail turn to revenge and betrayal in this gripping mystery by a master mystery writer.

    Regular price: $4.20

    • Strangers in the Fog

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In a remote spot, Hannigan is burying a body he claims is his dog. A man suddenly emerges from the fog, asking if he can call for help, since he had to quickly escape a nearby house from a jealous husband. The district is tense, since the news warns of an escaped lunatic killer from a mental hospital is on the loose. The two men return to Hannigan’s house and unexpectedly meet a third man in the fog, claiming to be a policeman, whose car broke down. Is one of them the escaped lunatic killer?     

    Regular price: $2.80

    • Cat's Paw

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This is a "Nameless Detective" mystery story that starts with the thefts of several exotic animals from San Francisco's Fleishhacker Zoo - and ends with murder.

    Regular price: $6.96

    • The Snatch

    • Nameless Detective
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In his first chronicled adventure, the Nameless Detective hires on to handle the ransom payoff in a kidnapping case. Financier Louis Martinetti doesn't trust the police to deal with the man who snatched his 9-year-old son from his military prep school, nor is it clear that he trusts the members of his own household. On the appointed evening, Nameless takes a briefcase that contains $300,000 in cash to a secluded location chosen by the kidnapper. Then all hell breaks loose.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not the Nameless I have come to expect.

    • By Julie on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Spook Lights Affair

    • A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Mark Peckham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    A debutante's missing body, murder most foul, and weird spectrallights in the fog make for a thrilling gas light-era tale of mystery and detection. In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don't commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter. But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A pleasure to listen to

    • By LimyCrescent61 on 03-20-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Small Felonies: Fifty Mystery Short Stories

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Aze Fellner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    This is a collection of fifty short stories by veteran mystery and crime writer Bill Pronzini, best known as the creator of The Nameless Detective series. This collection crosses over a broad range of styles and characters, settings and plots, showing the breadth and depth of Pronzini's prodigious talent. Included are murders, swindles, double-crosses, crazed children, and much, much more.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • So disappointed...

    • By Robert E. Orlando on 12-31-15

    Regular price: $18.49

    • Charlie Chan in The Pawns of Death

    • By: Bill Pronzini, Jeffrey M. Wallmann
    • Narrated by: Wayne June
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    "Checkmate." That was the last word uttered to Charlie Chan and Prefect of Police Claude DeBevre by a dying reporter. The man had been murdered....stabbed to death and left to die in a vacant hotel room. It is the second murder in 24 hours at the Transcontinental Chess Tournament, and Charlie Chan has been summoned from a peaceful and long-deserved vacation to help solve the crime before international scandal ruins the tournament's good name!

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • not long enough

    • By Jenny Pankhurst on 12-20-11

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Violated

    • A Novel
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than expected

    • By wisconsinclark on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $24.47

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