Bleeders

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Thorndike Press, 2002 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A simple case gets murderously complicated when "Nameless," Bill Pronzini's seasoned private-eye, exposes a nasty scam that involves junior account 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 -- top his list of worthless human parasites. So there's nothing he enjoys more than putting another one or two of them out of commission and returning the $75,000 in blackmail cash to its rightful owner. "Nameless," though, cannot so easily close his Cohalan file -- not when he finds his client face down in the middle of a four-poster bed with a bloody, powder-scorched hole behind the right ear. And only by a hair's breadth does "Nameless" himself escape a similar cold-blooded fate. His mind and gut wrenched by his brush with death, "Nameless" embarks on a relentless hunt for his unknown assailant in San Francisco's shadowy underworld. There he encounters bleeders of every ilk before he finds his quarry -- and confronts his own demons -- in a climax as powerful as it is shocking and unexpected.

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Review: Bleeders (Nameless Detective #27)

User Review  - Al Stoess - Goodreads

Good standard Pronzini. Always worth reading. Second reading in March of 2013. Good but not his best. Read full review

Review: Bleeders (Nameless Detective #27)

User Review  - Kae Cheatham - Goodreads

Good sense of place and emotional balance. The seamy side of Frisco came through almost too well. Story was interesting; character was the compelling force. Read full review

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Bill Pronzini was born in Petaluma, California on April 13, 1943. His first novel, The Stalker, was published in 1971. He is best known for his creation of the Nameless Detective Mystery series, as well as several westerns and novels of dark suspense. He has been a full time writer since 1969. He is also an active anthologist, having compiled more than 100 collections, most of which focus on mystery, western, and science fiction short stories. He has won numerous awards including three Shamus Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Mystery Writers of America. His book Snowbound received the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere, as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. Pronzini has established himself as a master of the Western novel as well as earning a name for himself in the dark fiction genre.

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