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Hoodwink Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 1990


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Curley & Assoc; Large Print edition edition (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792701925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792701927

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About the Author

Bill Pronzini is simply one of the masters. He seems to have taken a crack at just about every genre: mysteries, noirish thrillers, historicals, locked-room mysteries, adventure novels, spy capers, men's action, westerns, and, of course, his masterful, long-running Nameless private detective series, now entering its fourth decade, with no signs of creative flagging. He's also ghosted several Brett Halliday short stories as Michael Shayne for Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine, and has managed to collaborate with such fellow writers as John Lutz, Barry Wahlberg, Collin Wilcox and Marcia Muller. Still, if he never ventured into fiction writing, his non-fiction work, as both writer and editor, would still earn him a place in the P.I. genre's Hall of Fame. Besides his two tributes to some of the very worst in crime fiction (what he calls "alternative classics"), Gun in Cheek and Son of Gun in Cheek, and one on western fiction (entitled Six Gun in Cheek, naturally), he's the co-author (with Marcia Muller) of 1001 Midnights. The Mystery Writers of America have nominated him for Edgar Awards several times and his work has been translated into numerous languages and he's published in almost thirty countries. He was the very first president of the Private Eye Writers of America, and he's received three Shamus Awards from them, as well as its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Locked Room Mysteries Redux Nov. 4 2003
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1971, author Bill Pronzini was only 27 when he wrote The Snatch, building on a shorter and different version of the story that appeared in the May 1969 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine under the same title. With the publication of this book, one of detective fiction's great characters was born with full fledged power and authenticity. If you have not yet read the Nameless Detective novels by Mr. Pronzini, you have a major treat ahead of you. Many of these are now out-of-print, so be sure to check your library for holdings in near-by cities.
The Nameless Detective is referred to that way because Mr. Pronzini never supplies a name until Twospot, two books prior in the series, when police lieutenant Frank Hastings tells what his poker playing friends call Nameless, employing a first name. But it's never acknowledged by Nameless that this is his name . . . so it's probably a nickname. That name is not then used again until much later in the series. You can learn about why Nameless has no name in an author's note in Case File, which comes later in the series.
Mr. Pronzini presents a world in which people take evil actions to further selfish interests, and many innocents struggle because of that selfishness. The police and private investigators suffer along with the victims, for evil-doing has painful consequences for everyone. Mr. Pronzini's plots are complex, yet he provides plenty of clues to help you identify the evil-doer on your own. Despite the transparency of many of the early plots, he successfully uses plot complications to keep the action interesting and fresh. Beginning with Labyrinth, the book that precedes this one, the plots become less simple.
But the reason to read the books is because of the character development for the Nameless Detective. Nameless is a former police officer in San Francisco who collects pulp fiction about tough private detectives. Overcome by the evil he sees as a police officer and drawn to the complex imagery of the strong, silent hero who rights wrongs, Nameless tries to live that role as a private detective. But he has trouble getting clients, and operating as a one-man shop causes him to lead a lonely existence. In his personal life, his career keeps women at a distance. Like a medieval knight errant, he sticks to his vows and pursues doing the right thing . . . even when it doesn't pay. At the same time, he's very aware of art, culture and popular trends. And he doesn't like much of what he sees. He's a proud Italian in his 50's, could stand to lose some weight, and is really messy. So there's an element of Don Quixote here, too.
The books are also written in a more sophisticated version of the pulp fiction style, employing a better writing style and greater range through language and plot. The whole experience is like looking at an image in a series of mirrors that reflect into infinity.
These books are a must for those who love the noir style and the modern fans of tough detectives with a heart of gold like Spenser . . . and can live without the wise cracks and repartee.
Hoodwink is a culmination of the character development in many ways. Former pulp writer and current hack Russell Dancer invites Nameless to the first annual Western Pulp Convention in San Francisco. He wants Nameless to help him locate the person who is trying to blackmail Dancer for a purported plagiarism of a story called "Hookwink." Arriving at the convention, Nameless discovers that a group of former friends (and now uncomfortable colleagues) who wrote for the pulps called the "Pulpeteers" have all received blackmail notes.
Nameless is in seventh heaven as he meets many of his favorite pulp writers, buys pulps for his collection and meets a stunning younger woman who is the daughter of two famous pulp writers. For once, Nameless has some luck with the ladies. But is Kerry Wade attracted to him, or to his job as a private eye? Is he really attracted to her, or to her connection to the pulps?
The convention is unexpectedly disrupted when one of the guests is found dead in a locked room while Russell Dancer is holding a gun that's been recently fired. It looks like an obvious case of murder by Dancer, who has been feuding with the man. Dancer denies his guilt, and only Nameless is willing to believe him. As Nameless tracks down the guilty party, he finds himself faced with a second locked room mystery . . . and a target for a murderer.
If you like imaginative locked room mystery solutions, Hoodwink contains two of the better ones that I have read. The first one is far from obvious, and takes a good visual imagination to appreciate. The second one is a variation on one you've read before that will please you.
I found that the mixing up of Nameless into the genre created delicious ramifications. This book is for connoisseurs of the mystery genre, whether they like the noir style or not.
Hoodwink also made me think about how appearances can be deceiving, especially if we jump to conclusions. It made me want to know the hearts and minds of those I meet before I draw any conclusions about them. That perspective was a nice treat.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A locked room mystery with a twist June 27 2000
By Kinsey Millhone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bill Pronzini takes on the classic locked room mystery in this entry in his Nameless Detective series. It takes place at a pulp convention -- as Nameless fans know, the PI is an avid collector of old pulp detective magazines. When a man is murdered in the convention hotel, in a locked room, naturally, Nameless is called upon to solve the crime. Then a second locked room murder takes place! The solution isn't 100% satisfying, but I still enjoyed this loving look at the pulp fiction era, as well as Nameless' tender affair with the daughter of two prominent genre writers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hardboiled Whodunnit? May 8 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a writer of detective fiction, Bill Pronzini tends to wear his influences on his sleeve, perhaps never more often than in "Hoodwink." This would be true even if he didn't make repeated references in the book to "Mr. Marlowe" and "Mr. Spade." His hero, the redoubtable "Nameless" detective, attempts to solve a puzzling mystery at a pulp convention. Since Nameless is an avid pulp collector, he is in heaven even before he gets to meet some of his favorite authors and bed the bewitching daughter of one of them. The case quickly turns ugly and baffling as the author who has give Nameless his in finds himself accused of murder and Nameless must...ahem...clear his name.
Overall, I found this novel to be of average quality for Pronzini, which is to say well above average as a work of detective fiction. Pronzini isn't as quick with a metaphor as his heros "Mr. Chandler" and "Mr. Hammett," and the plot here is a bit too convoluted. Nevertheless, it is a goof read for those of us who love the hardboiled genre.


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