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Oddments : a short story collection
Pronzini, Bill.
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Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 2000.
Physical Description:
198 pages ; 22 cm.
The highbinders : a Carpenter & Quincannon story -- Wishful thinking -- Shade work -- I think I will not hang myself today -- The man who collected "The Shadow" -- Out of the depths -- Bank job -- And then we went to Venus -- Putting the pieces back -- The Arrowmont Prison riddle -- Caught in the act -- Liar's dice -- The dispatching of George Ferris -- The big bite : a "nameless detective" story.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Rich in character, incident, and exceptional storytelling, this collection of Oddments is the best evidence of why the Private Eye Writers of America honored Bill Pronzini with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The fourteen selections include every kind of mystery story, from 1890's detectives Quincannon and Carpenter to astronauts on the planet Venus, and from the depths of the ocean to Death Row. Pronzini rounds out the collection with a trio of turn-the-tables tales, one featuring the Nameless Detective.

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)

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Booklist Review

Plump, nondescript Theodore Conway works as a file clerk in a Manhattan law firm. His passion is collecting memorabilia related to the pulp-fiction heroes of his youth, especially The Shadow. Then one day this quiet little man learns that he, too, has the supernatural power "to cloud men's minds" and fight crime under the cloak of invisibility. "The Man Who Collected The Shadow" is just one of 14 stories in this collection of short fiction by the versatile Pronzini, author of the "Nameless" detective series as well as westerns, science fiction, and stand-alone crime novels. Among the other highlights here are "Shade Work," in which a con man picks the wrong marks; "The Arrowment Prison Riddle," a locked-room puzzler that is solved by a pulp-fiction writer; and "Bank Job, which illustrates why it's sometimes better to be lucky--and quick on your feet--than good. Pronzini's work is consistently entertaining, and these "oddments" are no exception. --Wes Lukowsky