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Nothing But the Night [Paperback]

Pronzini Bill
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Sept. 17 2004
For some people, the night is a cloak, helping them to hide. For others, it's a bright light, exposing things better left unseen. The lives of Cam Gallagher and Nick Hendryx have taken separate courses; their roads will cross and cross again, with increasing threat, in the nights they begin to share. With perfect pacing and keen psychological insight, Bill Pronzini proves yet again that his ability to weave a novel of suspense is unsurpassed. Distinctive, chilling, and with never a false note, he peels away the layers of his characters' lives until they finally stand exposed, with nothing but the night between them.

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.AMolly Gorman, San Marino, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ rating Feb. 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
i read this book 2 yrs ago..... it was the best book ive ever read in my whole life... I could not put it down at all...
what its basically about:
A drunk driver on the way home kills a guys gf/wife, and the guy tries to track him down through the years to take his revenge out. And finally he finds him, he even becomes friends with him, then he tries to kill him, i can remember if he succeds...TRUST ME YOU"LL WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Tale of Grief and Despair Aug. 14 2000
Format:Paperback
One thing for sure---this is not the kind of book to read when you want something light or cheery! Bill Pronzini spins a tale of two men, both of them harboring deep secrets and hurts from their pasts, who will come to meet in an absorbing tale of deception. Pronzini's prose is crisp, terse, and gripping. The characters of Cameron Gallagher, a man haunted by the tragic deaths of his parents, and Nick Hendryx, the husband of a woman comatose from a hit and run accident, are complex and very human. There are times when you're rooting for one character and then find yourself rooting for the other. The supporting characters are interesting too, particularly Cameron's sister, Caitlin, and Cameron's wife, Hallie. Nothing is what it seems as the plot flows effortlessly on, and by the end of the book, you're finding yourself surprised at how the twists work. A deep, dark, unsettling, but excellent read.
Michael Butts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Lonesome, it's not May 3 2000
Format:Hardcover
I first encountered this author after a "net buddy" suggested an earlier Pronzini work, 'Blue Lonesome.' I read the novel in one night and was completely spellbound by the story's main character and his search for the truth about a woman he encounters in a San Francisco diner.
'Blue Lonesome's' prose had great flow and the character's struggle with many issues really captured me.
This book, however, neither drew me in or sustained my interest. True, the parallel stories angle was a good one, but I knew from the get-go who was the bad guy and who was the good guy.
Additionally, it seemed pretty easy for me to figure out all the basic plot lines, too, and I think a good mystery writer should make his reader work a bit to find all the threads that hold his tapestry/tale together.
I hope the author will do more work and write more quality stories, like 'Blue Lonesome', for I really like his style and his ability to develop interesting characters. He just didn't do it for me in this one.
Try 'Blue Lonesome' for a good study in character, choice and chaos.
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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The story catches you from P.1 and never lets up. The characters are excellently drawn, the setting is vivid, and the suspense is exquisite. The only criticism is that the author should have someone who knows cars check-out the manuscript (there are three cars on P.11 that simply do not exist). Regardless, this books enhances Pronzini's already excellent reputation as a fine storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book! Aug. 25 1999
Format:Hardcover
In "Nothing but the Night", Bill Pronzini tells a shrewd tale of misdirection. High style without being stylish, the author probes the pathos of disparate characters with a heck of a good plot mixed in. The story unwinds effortlessly and is impossible to put down. Its surprise ending resonates - a great book on many levels!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery writing at its best Aug. 14 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Nothing but the night is a hauntingly beautiful novel. If you love mysteries and are tired of the traditional PI stuff that pervades this genre, then read this book and admire how a master story teller takes you on a pyschological night-ride through the minds of 2 lonely people. Although the ending was not a total shock, we must nevertheless admire the author's skill in reminding us that when all else is gone, in the end we have nothing but the night.
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