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Nothing but the night
Pronzini, Bill.
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker, 1999.
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 24 cm
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A new novel by the creator of the "Nameless Detective" series. Nick Hendryx rides the night, comfortable and in control, searching for the man in the ragged sketch he carries in his wallet--the man who lost control of his car and put Nick's wife, Annalisa, into a coma.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Outwardly, Cam Gallagher is very successful, but he can never completely escape the memory of the night his parents died in a brutal murder-suicide. Nick Hendryx's sole purpose in life is to find the driver who sent his beloved young wife into a coma six years ago in a hit-and-run accident. He thinks Gallagher is his man, so he gradually infiltrates Cam's life. Soon the past, present, and future collide, and only one of the two will come to grips with his past in a bloody, terrifying conflagration. Pronzini, creator of the Nameless detective series, is also a master of suspense. He employs a dual point of view to prevent readers from completely identifying with either Gallagher or Hendryx. Their characters are revealed gradually; neither is what he seemed, and both have chosen to block out critical elements from their pasts. The final act is unsettling and contains a memorable twist. This is a strong effort from a consistently entertaining craftsman. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers) appears determined to keep the noir tradition intact. His new novel, about two anguished men whose lives collide violently, could easily have been made into a black-and-white film starring Robert Mitchum, Victor Mature or Dane Clark. Cameron Gallagher has all the trappings of success: a devoted wife, two young daughters and a wine business in Northern California. But Cam is deeply troubled by repressed secrets from his past that threaten to erupt and destroy his life. His depression and alcoholism are exacerbated by recurring nightmares of the night his father murdered his adulterous mother when Cam was a boy, and the stress is beginning to undermine his own marriage. Nick Hendryx's life, on the other hand, has already been ruined, by a hit-and-run accident that put his young wife in a coma. Nick now roams the West, surviving on minimum-wage jobs, showing everyone he encounters a police artist's sketch of the driver. When Nick finds Cam in Paloma, Calif., he begins plotting a slow revenge. Pronzini traces both men's lives in alternating chapters. The prose is workmanlike, but the characters are superb, complex yet appealing. Pronzini pulls readers' strings like the expert he is, keeping them unsure of whose side to take and whom to believe (Cam doesn't remember the accident). This six-time nominee for an Edgar could get a seventh for this highly suspenseful tale. Agent, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From its suspenseful beginning to its jaw-dropping conclusion, this taut thriller is a fascinating read. Against the rainy setting of Northern California's Russian River, prolific novelist Pronzini (A Wasteland of Strangers, Walker, 1997) builds sympathy for night rider Nick Hendryx, whose comatose wife was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Nick's vengeful search for the man in the police sketch leads him to wine executive and family man Cam Gallagher, tortured by childhood guilt for his mother's death. His drinking and incipient affair turn up the heat. Nick stalks Cam obsessively, but then the intricate yet symmetrical plot shifts subtly, revealing shocking truths. Although Pronzini tends to rely on staccato dialog too often, his descriptive powers are compelling, whether he's conjuring up the urgent desires of love or a ghost house inundated by fast-rising floodwaters "clutching like dead hands." Pronzini created the "Nameless Detective" series, has been nominated for the Edgar Award, and has received two Shamus Awards. Recommended for all suspense collections.ÄMolly Gorman, San Marino, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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