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    • 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 947
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 818
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 815

    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

    • Schemers

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Nameless wasn't supposed to come into the office on Mondays; he wasn't supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera - once a friend, now despised - at Great Western Insurance. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to meet with him.

    The investigation was relatively simple: a multimillionaire rare books collector had reported the theft of eight volumes, worth a half million dollars. From a locked library. To which he has the only key.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't even get through the first hour!

    • By Denise on 07-05-10

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Zigzag

    • A Nameless Detective Collection
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Two novellas and two short stories featuring Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Bill Pronzini's iconic Nameless Detective. Zigzag is an original novella in which a safe and simple accident investigation becomes the unraveling of a twisted murder scheme.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    "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

    • Mourners

    • A Nameless Detective Novel
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Everyone's mourning in the nameless detective's office, and he doesn't like it one bit. For his own part, Nameless is spending more and more time at the cemetery, and at home he's hit a brick wall in his relationship with his wife. He'd rather be managing his pulp magazine collection and battling his weight, but, unfortunately, life won't cut Nameless a break.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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

    • 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 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • Savages

    • The Nameless Detective Novels, Book 32
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The police said it was an accident. The dead woman's sister said it was murder...and that she knew who did it. Nameless isn't certain, but the more he learns about Nancy Mathias' life, the more inclined he is to accept the possibility that her sister is right. Combine that with the situation Jake Runyan, one of the agency's partners, is facing as he searches for a young man who is either a murderer or a victim, and life at their San Francisco detective agency has everyone on edge.

    Regular price: $21.95

    • 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
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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

    • 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

    • The Snatch

    • Nameless Detective
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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

    • Mission Creek

    • A Western Duo
    • By: Frank Bonham, Bill Pronzini - editor
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    A double dose of Western action from one of the genre's acknowledged masters. The first story, "The Rodeo Killer", is a smoldering tale of the violent intersecting conflict between New Mexico cattle ranchers, cattle buyers, and men breeding horses for the rodeo circuit. The title story, "Mission Creek", tells the fiery tale of Ruel Starrett, a man who worked against the odds his whole life to establish his own ranch. He finally gets his chance when he's offered a half interest in the Spade Ranch from a woman named Susanna Dahlhart. But she isn't all she appears. 

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Blowback

    • The Nameless Detective, Book 4
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    He's just gotten some bad news, and its impact has made him immobile and fearful. He's always known that the racking cough was not just something that was going to go away, that the ache in his chest was indicative of something more serious. And now he's found out that he has a lesion on his lung which could be malignant. He's set to sit and wait and do nothing else until he gets the results, but is swayed into action by a call from an old buddy of his from the service, Harry Burroughs.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Trouble at Temescal

    • A Western Duo
    • By: Frank Bonham, Bill Pronzini - editor
    • Narrated by: Armando Duran
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The first story, Trouble in Temescal, is set in Los Angeles in the days following the Mexican-American War, and tells the tale of two entrepreneurial mustangers, Hank Ashwood and Red Wolfe, who have driven a herd of horses from New Mexico to California for resale. The second story, King of the Defiances, is the story of Big Jim Jackson, who intends to make a fortune by logging off the best railroad-tie timber in Arizona, and his clash with former manhunter Troy Cameron, the leader of a group of small cattle ranchers who stand in Jackson's way. 

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific, engaging detective story!

    • By Patrick on 01-27-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Give-a-Damn Jones

    • A Novel of the West
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Sam Osheroff, Chris Abell, Eddie Lopez, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Not all the folks who roamed the Old West were cowhands, rustlers, or cardsharps. And they certainly weren't all heroes. Give-a-Damn Jones, a free-spirited itinerant typographer, hates his nickname almost as much as the rumors spread about him. He's a kind soul who keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's what happened in Box Elder, a small Montana town. Tensions are running high, and anything -or anyone - could be the fuse to ignite them.  

    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 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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

    • Strangers

    • A Nameless Detective Mystery, Book 43
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Cody Hatcher is the kind of teenager you don't want your kids hanging out with. That's the book on him, and it's why the citizens of Mineral Springs have no problem at all believing that he's guilty of three rapes. His mother, Cheryl, an old lover of Nameless, is being harassed by vindictive townspeople. It's against such odds that Nameless must work to prove Cody innocent. There are few to help him and plenty to get in his way. It's a classic situation for an iconic private investigator.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Gun in Cheek: A Study of 'Alternative' Crime Fiction

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Love mystery? Then you'll love this book. Hate mystery? Then YOU'LL love this book. Pronzini is a fount of information about the "best" (read: hilariously inept) in mystery fiction. He's read every book ever written in the genre, it seems, and shows genuine affection for the form. The fun he pokes at the authors and their works is gentle and doesn't distract at all from your wonderment at the fact that these books ever even existed. It might, however, make you want to seek them out and try for yourself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A hoot.

    • By Judith on 12-30-11

    Regular price: $18.49

    • The Ghosts of Ragged-Ass Gulch

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1,411
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 885
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 903

    Ravaged by time and abandoned by the people who once flocked there in search of golden nuggets, Ragged-Ass Gulch is a ghost town. What’s left is a small, proud, and close pack of people who aren’t looking for change. But change seems to be afoot as several mysterious fires plague the town. That’s where the Nameless Detective comes in….

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Character study

    • By Elite Sapphire on 06-16-11

    Regular price: $5.57

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