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Pronzini, Bill

Works: 495 works in 3,005 publications in 4 languages and 131,282 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Horror fiction  Psychological fiction  Western fiction  Detective and mystery stories, American  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PS3566.R67, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bill Pronzini
The bughouse affair : a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, tackle two seemingly unrelated cases that are complicated by two murders and the interference of Sherlock Holmes
The gallows land by Bill Pronzini( Book )

30 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and French and held by 1,615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his aimless wandering through out the Southwest, grief-stricken widower Roy Boone meets Jennifer Todd, the obvious victim of an abusive husband, and sets off an a desperate hunt for her despite the killers that follow closely
The spook lights affair : a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller( Book )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A would-be Sherlock Holmes assists a dual investigation in 1895 San Francisco that finds Sabina Carpenter struggling to solve the disappearance of a suicide-victim debutante's body and John Quincannon hunting down a murderous gang of bank robbers
The dangerous ladies affair by Marcia Muller( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, stopping extortionists is not only grand, but excitingly lucrative. When a pleasant afternoon's bicycling through Golden Gate Park with a friend ends with the revelation of threatening letters, followed by a gunshot in a mansion garden, Sabina Carpenter knows this is a case that demands her immediate and undivided attention. The questions her partner John Quincannon has to unravel are not difficult: Wrixton, a wealthy banker, has met his extortionist's first demand, but the order to pay another $5,000 is too much to face. The banker's real problem is something he doesn't want to reveal. That was fine with the detective, and when he was informed that some private letters were involved and Wrixton absolutely needed them back, there was nothing more Quincannon needed in the way of background. As with so many of San Francisco's elite, the bedroom doors never seemed to stay shut. That was the easy part; far more difficult was the matter of the dead courier, murdered most foully in a locked room within a locked room, creating a trail that will take John Quincannon through most of San Francisco's less savory places and end with a riverboat trip that is anything but a relaxing cruise."--
The body snatchers affair : a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller( Book )

22 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Body Snatchers Affair: The latest in the Carpenter and Quincannon historical mystery series from Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Two missing bodies and two separate investigations take Carpenter and Quincannon from the heights above San Francisco Bay to the depths of Chinatown's opium dens. For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, unsure of the dark secrets her suitor might be concealing, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. With the threat of a tong war hanging over the city (a war perhaps being spurred on by corrupt officials), Carpenter and Quincannon have no time to lose in solving their cases. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one? And why is the enigmatic Englishman who calls himself Sherlock Holmes watching so carefully from the shadows?"--
Betrayers by Bill Pronzini( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We're told that there are seven deadly sins; not on the list is the deadliest of them all: Betrayal. For each of the detectives at the agency, a betrayal-- personal, against a child, against the elderly-- becomes not only the driving force behind an investigation, but the source of the kind of resolve that cannot be derailed by threats of any kind. Tamara's case began as something personal but explodes as her investigation of her former lover Lucas Zeller leads to a scam bilking charities in the name of helping the homeless and indigent. For Nameless, with a case he doesn't want but can't turn down, trying to find out who is gaslighting an old woman only exposes the ugly side of family. When he goes home, tired and annoyed, he discovers that his adopted daughter, Emily, has a secret of her own. Runyon has a different difficulty: his case of a bailjumper with some bad family ties is easy enough as these things go, but he's being confronted by a demon that is going to try to force him into a betrayal. Three people who care, three people devoted to helping others trying to help themselves, three people finding themselves in a world of hurt because of the betrayers"--Publisher's web site
Mourners by Bill Pronzini( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a suspicious wife reports her husband's inexplicable attendance at the funerals of murdered strangers, the nameless detective and his companions, Tamara and Jake, find themselves compromised in the face of a stalled investigation
Nightcrawlers : a nameless detective novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

27 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unaware of links between a series of gay hate crimes and the kidnapping of a young girl, investigators Bill, Jake, and Tamara tackle difficult cases when Jake pursues leads related to an attack on his son's partner
Schemers : a Nameless Detective novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A locked room mystery that goes from stolen books to stolen lives and the hunt for a phantom stalker with a penchant for pouring acid to make his point give Nameless and his partner Jake more than enough work to earn their fees--as long as neither turns his back at the wrong moment
Hellbox : a nameless detective novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his wife goes missing from their Sierra foothills cabin after spotting a suspicious man, the Nameless Detective and his associate, Jake Runyon, launch a search and rescue mission that stretches legal boundaries
Fever by Bill Pronzini( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tracking down a badly beaten compulsive gambler and returning her to her home, Nameless realizes the case has further implications when the gambler disappears again, revealing the existence of a violent racket that preys on gambling victims
Savages : a Nameless Detective novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating the death of a woman that has been ruled accidental by the police but that her sister insists was a murder by a known perpetrator, a reluctant Nameless begins to suspect that the victim's sister is telling the truth when he learns unsettling facts about her life
Camouflage by Bill Pronzini( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nameless may not like David Virden, but the case is simple enough: find his ex-wife, and they know where she is. Deliver some papers to her and it is is all done. But she refuses the papers, sends a message to Virden to never contact her again, and slams the door. His colleague, Tamara, tells Nameless that Virden threatens to sue, stops payment on his checks, and claims that the woman they located is not his wife. Then he disappears and his fiancee hires Nameless to find out why. Clearly, someone is trying to make Nameless the monkey in the middle. The investigation that Nameless's partner, Jake Runyon, has to undertake is personal and urgent. His girlfriend Bryn's son, a pawn in a bitter divorce settlement, is being beaten and every indication is that his father is responsible. Is he bitter enough to take out his frustrations on a young boy, to fracture his arm? Then events turn on Jake: a dead woman, a bloodied Bryn, and a scared and silent child force him to look in other, darker, more deadly directions
The hidden : a novel of suspense by Bill Pronzini( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Coastline Killer, a vigilante who's been targeting random victims because they don't respect the environment, claims another victim, the local police consider Jay Macklin--a tourist staying at a remote northern California cottage with his paramedic wife--a suspect
The plague of thieves affair by Marcia Muller( Book )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon are no stranger to mysteries. In the five years since they opened Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, they have solved dozens, but one mystery has eluded even them: Sherlock Holmes or, rather, the madman claiming his identity, who keeps showing up with a frustrating (though admittedly useful) knack for solving difficult cases. Roland W. Fairchild, recently arrived from Chicago, claims Holmes is his first cousin, Charles P. Fairchild the Third. Now, with his father dead, Charles stands to inherit an estate of over three million dollars -- if Sabina can find him, and if he can be proved sane. Sabina is uncertain of Roland's motives (he will inherit if Charles can't), but agrees to take the case. John, meanwhile, has been hired by the owner of the Golden State brewery to investigate the 'accidental' death of the head brew-master, who fell into a vat of his own beer, and drowned. When a second murder occurs, and the murderer escapes from under his nose, John finds himself on the trail not just of the criminals, but of his reputation for catching them. But while John is certain he can catch his quarry, Sabina is less certain she wants to catch hers. Holmes has been frustrating, but useful, even kind. She is quite certain he is mad, and quite uncertain what will happen when he is confronted with the truth. Does every mystery need to be solved?"--
The other side of silence : a novel of suspense by Bill Pronzini( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his third day in Death Valley, Rick Fallon comes upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon soon learns what had driven her to give up on life -- and, his own life on hold, he resolves to unravel the twisted and dangerous strands of hers, a quest that leads him to the glitter-dome of Las Vegas
The violated : a novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives--Martin Torrey's wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles--until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion
Blue lonesome by Bill Pronzini( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For months, a man watches a lonely woman eat in a San Francisco cafe and when she commits suicide he investigates. The probe leads him to the murder of her husband and daughter for which a Nevada town holds her responsible
Crazybone : a "Nameless Detective" novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nameless" investigates why a recently widowed woman would not want to claim $50,000 in life insurance
Nemesis : a nameless detective novel by Bill Pronzini( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agreeing to investigate threats by a mysterious extortionist against a newly rich young woman, Jake Runyon makes a series of surprise discoveries that cause him to be wrongfully accused of a crime and his employers to be subjected to a vicious legal vendetta
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BetrayersMournersNightcrawlers : a nameless detective novelSchemers : a Nameless Detective novelFeverSavages : a Nameless Detective novelCamouflageThe hidden : a novel of suspense
Alternative Names

controlled identityFoxx, Jack, 1943-

controlled identityJeffrey, William

controlled identityRenault, Rick

controlled identitySaxon, Alex, 1943-

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Foxx Jack

Foxx, Jack, 1943-

Halliday, Brett.

Halliday, Brett, 1943-

Janson Peter

Janson, Peter, 1943-

Jeffrey William

Jeffrey, William, 1943-

Marlowe Aston

Marlowe, Aston, 1943-

Pronzini, Bill

Pronzini William John

Pronzini, William John 1943-

Renault, Rick.

Renault, Rick, 1943-

Saxon Alex

Saxon, Alex, 1943-

Williams John Barry

Williams, John Barry, 1943-

بيل بونزني

프론지니, 빌 1943-


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