by Bill Pronzini


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His 25th case pits the "Nameless Detective" against a vengeance-mad bomber in a nightmarish battle of wits.

Emotionally exhausted from the events surrounding his partner's suicide, "Nameless" welcomes the chance for a quiet vacation that comes when San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Patrick Dixon proposes that the burnt-out detective drive Dixon's wife and son to their summer cottage on a remote High Sierra lake. In exchange, "Nameless" will have a week's free use of a neighboring cabin.

The same week, unknown to both the assistant D.A. and "Nameless," also among the vacationers at Deep Mountain Lake is a recently paroled explosives expert, Donald Michael Latimer. The timing is not coincidental, for Latimer has meticulously devised a warped plan for revenge against the men who sent him to prison. His viciously ingenious boobytraps have already claimed the lives of two of his intended victims, and at Deep Mountain Lake he has lined up his next three targets: Pat Dixon, Dixon's twelve-year-old son, and "Nameless" himself.

A harrowing tale that builds with relentless suspense to an edge-of-the-chair climax, Boobytrap marks another triumph both for the sleuth cited by the Chicago Sun-Times as "the thinking man's detective" and for his creator, Bill Pronzini, whom the Denver Post praises as "an exceptionally skilled writer working at the top of his ability."

Bill Pronzini, the author of Illusions and Sentinels, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private-Eye Writers Association of America, as well as two Shamus Awards for his crime fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781628152876
Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Series: Nameless Detective Mystery Series , #25
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Bill Pronzini is simply one of the masters. He seems to have taken a crack at just about every genre: mysteries, noirish thrillers, historicals, locked-room mysteries, adventure novels, spy capers, men's action, westerns, and, of course, his masterful, long-running Nameless private detective series, now entering its fourth decade, with no signs of creative flagging.

He's also ghosted several Brett Halliday short stories as Michael Shayne for Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine, and has managed to collaborate with such fellow writers as John Lutz, Barry Wahlberg, Collin Wilcox and Marcia Muller.

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