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Masques : a novel of terror
Pronzini, Bill.
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New York : Arbor House, [1981]

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Mardi Gras is a time of madness, a frenzy of celebration. But for Steve Giroux, the madness has become all too real. A mysterious voice on the phone wants something from him--evidence of a ghastly, unspeakable murder--and will use all the evil forces at its command to get it. Suddenly Steve is cast into a swirling nightmare of voodoo, black magic, and blood, a nightmare that can only get worse until he delivers what the voice wants. But how can Steve deliver what he's never had?

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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.

(Bowker Author Biography)