Private eye writer, Bill Pronzini, takes us on a roller coaster of strange twists and turns in this collection of fourteen short stories. Oddments is truly odd in terms of its strange, yet endearing characters, and the various subjects which are presented. You will be surprised about how far reaching the imagination of our private eye author can go.
"And Then We Went to Venus" sounds more like a science fiction story than a mystery. Our author adds a twist to the story which keeps you on edge as to what happened to those astronauts who visited the planet. Compulsive gamblers will be delighted by the irony that touches "Shade Work" and driven crazy by figuring out the odds in "Liar's Dice". Do you hate practical jokers? Find out what happens to one when he goes too far in "The Dispatching of George Ferris".
The stories are entertaining, some are to easy to figure out but overall Pronzini has given readers a broad spectrum of his short stories. A collection such as this would not be complete without a "Nameless" Detective story. Pronzini obliges us with one where Nameless takes on more than he can handle.
Sit back and enjoy these stories. They are a fast read and touch on areas that causes you to think twice before making your own judgement.