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    • Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Spadework was published on the 25th anniversary of The Snatch, the first Nameless Detective novel. Spadework collects 15 short stories perfect for those who love the Nameless Detective. Two of the stories appear in print for the first time ("Worried Mother Job" and "Zero Tolerance"). The book has an excellent foreword by Marcia Muller about her take on her husband's work, and an interesting afterword by Mr. Bill Pronzini in which he talks about his dedication to the needs of the story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable listen for fans of detective stories

    • By Liv on 04-16-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    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

    • 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 945
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 816
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 813

    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 Stalker

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Ray Sizemore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Men who participated in a never-solved robbery of an armored truck are being picked off one-by-one 11 years after the crime.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • The Vanished

    • The Nameless Detective, Book 2
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    His name was Roy Sands, and he had everything to look forward to. He was getting out of the service and coming home to marry his beautiful fiancée. He had his debts paid, money in the bank, and a happy new life ahead of him. Then he disappeared.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 32
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • The Snatch

    • Nameless Detective
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • Case File

    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Big, sort-of-sloppy, brew-loving P.I. opens up his files on some of his most fascinating cases. Here are 10 stories and two novelettes, giving Nameless fans a page-turning potpourri of his toughest and most dangerous adventures. Case File is a 12-pack to be popped open and enjoyed on an off-duty afternoon. So sit back and spend some time with one of America's favorite P.I.'s who has caught more criminals - an imaginations - than any other gumshoe in recent American fiction.

    Regular price: $18.49

    • 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

    • 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
    • Story
      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

    • 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 33
    • 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

    • 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 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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

    • Bleeders

    • Nameless Detective, Book 27
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A simple case of blackmail gets lethally complicated when "Nameless" exposes a nasty scam that involves junior accounts executive Jay Cohalan, his unhappy wife, and a mistress with a serious drug problem. It's the kind of case Nameless likes, because bleeders - the blackmailers, extortionists, small-time grifters, and other opportunists who prey on the weak and gullible - sit near the top of his most-worthless-human-beings list. But soon Nameless finds his client shot dead in the middle of a four-poster bed.

    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

    • 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 1,407
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 881
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 899

    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

    • Demons

    • A Nameless Detective Mystery
    • By: Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another solid Pronizni story

    • By clifford on 08-23-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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

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