Shaken after a hair's-breadth escape from death, Nameless has made changes in his professional life, but he's not put himself out to pasture. Again he enters San Francisco's shadowy underworld, this time in a search for the identity of a gentle, mentally disturbed homeless man who has been found dead in an alley doorway. Clues are few, but Pronzini, working at the top of his form, takes his seasoned private-eye hero to a new phase of a still-evolving thirty-year career.
by Bill Pronzini
"Pronzini and Sullivan are a good match in this audiobook, but that's not a compliment. The book and the performance are equally uneven, combining in a generally unsatisfying experience for the listener. Pronzini's "Nameless" detective, whom everyone calls Bill, is investigating the murder of a homeless man, an event that leads him back to an unsolved seventeen-year-old crime. Helping him are his youthful and willful partner, Tamara, and a new addition to the agency, Jake Runyon, a widower sapped by grief. The mystery takes far too long to become involving, the side stories involving Bill and Tamara are tedious or irritating, and Sullivan's characterizations are mainly pedestrian. Only the tragic figure of Runyon engages, both on the page and in Sullivan's performance. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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