Nameless wasn't supposed to come into the office on Mondays; he wasn't supposed to answer the phone. On this Monday, he did both. The call was from Barney Rivera-once a friend, now despised-at Great Western Insurance. Against his better judgment, Nameless agreed to meet with him. The investigation was relatively simple: a multimillionaire rare books collector had reported the theft of eight volumes, worth a half million dollars. From a locked library. To which he has the only key. The books were all crime fiction and suspense-a locked-room mystery about mysteries. This ordinary Monday brought a second oddball case: The Henderson brothers were being stalked. Someone had dug up the ashes of their late father and poured acid over them, then destroyed the headstone the same way, and left a sign warning that this was just the beginning. Searching for peace of mind and the distraction of work, Jake Runyon is more than happy to bring an end to the brothers' terror.
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by Bill Pronzini
"It was a good call to cast narrator Nick Sullivan for the Nameless Detective Agency series. In this one, Nameless solves a true parlor mystery (a man is killed in the locked library of a mystery book collector) while partner Jake Runyon tracks a psychotic, obsessive-compulsive stalker. Tamara Corbin (the third partner in the agency) stars in a subplot about her love life. As the Nameless crew prowls Northern California, things never get too gritty, or too dark, and the most dangerous things that intrude are a few bouts of melancholy. Sullivan delivers just enough dry wit for the Nameless sections (told in the first person) and a trustworthy noir tone for the Runyon segments (in the third person). R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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