Things were quiet in Nameless' San Francisco agency, and his partner, Tamara, was itching to get back to work. A deadbeat father needed to be found, and Tamara needed to do some fieldwork, so she took off for his last known address. When Tamara goes missing, Nameless feels a sinking in his gut: A few years ago he had been kidnapped and left to die in a cabin in the woods, and something about Tamara's disappearance echoes too loudly. When he discovers the house she had investigated and sees the words "taking us to a house in the wood" scrawled on a wall, the echo becomes thunderous. Now it's a race against time, and Nameless is already late.
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by Bill Pronzini
"Pronzini's popular Nameless Detective novels, which are a contemporary version of the hard-boiled detective genre, take us onto the streets of San Francisco with Nameless and his business partner, Tamara. In this episode, Tamara is kidnapped in the midst of a case, and Nameless has little time to find her. Nick Sullivan takes the hard-boiled style to heart in his narration. It's a "just-the-facts-ma'am" rendering in keeping with Pronzini's writing, and for the most part it works. He does have a tendency to read everything--from "kids kidnapped from schoolyards" to "she blew on her hands to warm them"--in the same measured, significant tone. However, when you're in the mood for a tough guy with a heart of gold, this will do nicely. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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