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Young, newly rich Verity Daniels claims to be receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. When Jake Runyon agrees to investigate, it seems a relatively simple matter to expose the extortionist by setting a trap for him.The case, however, is nowhere near as clear-cut as it first appears.And Verity Daniels is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretendYoung, newly rich Verity Daniels claims to be receiving threatening demands for money from a mysterious caller. When Jake Runyon agrees to investigate, it seems a relatively simple matter to expose the extortionist by setting a trap for him.The case, however, is nowhere near as clear-cut as it first appears.And Verity Daniels is nowhere near the helpless victim she pretends to be. A series of surprise revelations culminates in Runyon being falsely accused of a crime that never happened, and he and his employers then become the targets of a vicious legal vendetta. A sudden act of violence turns the case upside down, leading to a much more serious charge against Jake. With the help of partner Tamara Corbin, Nameless (known as Bill to his associates) puts aside the difficult personal issue that has kept him sidelined at home and works to clear both Runyon's and the agency's good names. The task requires untangling Verity Daniels's bizarre past and present relationships, and before Bill succeeds, he must overcome a deadly threat to his own safety. Nemesis continues author Bill Pronzini's acclaimed Nameless Detective Series....

Title : Nemesis
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ISBN : 9780765325662
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Nemesis Reviews

  • Thomas Bruso
    2019-03-10 08:51

    Bill Pronzini’s 28th Nameless Detective private eye mystery, “Nemesis,” reinvents the series with yet another addictive new case.Jake Runyon, Nameless Detective’s PI partner, offers his services to a wealthy female client, Verity Daniels, who is receiving hostile demands for money from a mysterious caller.Runyon agrees to work the case, which he thinks is a simple, routine matter. But soon he discovers that the assignment is not as clear-cut as he thought. Through trial and error, Runyon learns who Daniels really is — not the damsel in distress that she posed as during their initial meeting.Nameless Detective also makes an appearance, dealing with the aftermath of his wife’s cancer diagnosis from an earlier book (“Hellbox”), and Tamara, the office secretary, labors over her own relationship problems, which she battles in an erudite and interesting way.A fine, first-rate detective novel, “Nemesis” is another exciting read peppered with a cast of fiercely wrought and emotional characters. This is one of the series’ highlights. Mystery readers looking for a compelling, taut, crime read needn’t look any further.

  • GlenK
    2019-02-28 01:36

    Bill Pronzini's "Nameless Detective" and the long-running mystery series featuring him are treasures. The quality has varied over nearly 40 books but even lesser efforts can be appreciated for the plotting and dialogue, the evolution of the main characters, the continual references to the past. In this entry, agency partner Jake Runyon is prominent as he takes on an extortion investigation that goes wrong and then horribly wrong. In contrast to other recent series entries, this one focuses on only the single investigation and, interestingly, "Nameless" can be seen as a secondary character (in the first half of the book he is hardly present).

  • Ron Hefner
    2019-03-04 02:46

    Pronzini never fails to keep you engaged. Strong characters, strong plot and mystery, strong sense of place. This particular book is told from three different viewpoints. The technique works very well. The part of the book involving Nameless and Kerry is kind of a minor sub-plot, but no matter. It fits into the story.Pronzini just amazes me. What a long legacy he has--top quality noir fiction all the way. I know he's getting old, (I won't do a spoiler, but Nameless is getting old, too), but I hope Pronzini has a few more stories for us.

  • Val
    2019-03-13 05:44

    Is there a better living writer of the hard-boiled detective novel than Bill Pronzini? I don't think so. His writing is clear, his characters are fresh, his situations are true and his stories are gripping. I had to stay up last night to finish this up. In this latest installment, we get to follow three of the agencies best workers, Nameless (Bill), Runyon and Tamara. They each have their own style but all are good at what they do. Keep the Nameless series coming Please!

  • Ron Hartley
    2019-03-08 06:34

    If you like Hard Boiled Private Eyes Like Mike Hammer, this is not the book for you. If you like a good mystery with good character development you may like this series.It is called Nameless because for years Pronzini never gave the name of his main character. Only in the last few years has he started having people call him '"Bill'. Interesting note: Bill's scenes are always written first person while his assistants are in the third person.

  • Karen Kinsella
    2019-03-16 06:47

    This author could have done better. I liked the flavor of the book, rather noir. But the soap-operaish story threads about peripheral characters were annoying, and some seemed to have absolutely nothing to do with this particular narrative. I particularly didn't enjoy the unfinished plot elements. Did she or did she not kill her fiancee? Why on earth did she initially target this particular detective and his agency? Honestly, the whole thing seemed kind of phoned-in. The author seems capable of much better, and the awards he's received seems to bear this out.

  • John R Urry
    2019-03-20 02:48

    This is my second Nameless Detective novel........extremely enjoyable read as the characters continue to jump off the pages.......good stuff !!!

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-03-10 03:51

    “Nemesis,” the newest in the Nameless Detective series, in which this is number 38, is told from three points of view: that of each of the three private detectives who work together out of their office in the South Park area of San Francisco, Jake Runyon, Tamara Corbin, and the “nameless detective” of the title of this series, in which this is number 38. (He is not “nameless” to his colleagues, btw; to them he is “Bill.”) Their newest client hires them to find out who is trying to blackmail them, the case goes to Jake. (Bill, an ex-cop now 60 years old, is working minimum hours, still trying to help his wife heal after she was held prisoner by a psychotic before being rescued, and Tamara mans the office, aided by a couple of part-time detectives.)The woman, voluptuous Verity Daniels, who lives in a sumptuous high-rise just off the Embarcadero, turns out to be much more, and much less, than she at first appears. The investigation takes Jake across a wide swath of San Francisco, checking out the family of a man to whom Verity was engaged but who drowned just before he ostensibly was going to break off the engagement; a married ex-employer with whom she appears to have been having an affair; and a former husband. Jake’s instincts, after 14 years with the Seattle police and nearly 8 as a p.i., tell him he should drop the case. When her truthfulness becomes a serious issue and he tries to do just that, the result is not a pretty one. And the volatile Verity soon after charges him with rape. Things get rapidly worse, soon the detective agency is itself sued for serious money, and Jake is thrown in jail. The next portion of the book belongs to Tamara and her end of the investigation, and the final section is Bill’s as he picks up the case.As with all of this author’s books, the latest Nameless Detective novel is a very well-plotted tale with the author’s trademark wonderfully drawn characters. Each section goes into the lives of each of the three detectives, their own past life-threatening episodes, and the ongoing investigation. There are several twists and turns, and at the end a prologue tying up all loose ends in the three detectives’ current lives. All terrifically well done, and the book is highly recommended. Besides, how could one not love a guy called “Nameless” who owns a cat called “Shameless?!”

  • Sandie
    2019-03-22 07:31

    Jake Runyon is carrying most of the weight at the San Francisco detective agency these days. Tamara is the office person who does the computer research. Bill, the agency's founder, is only working once in a while. Kerry, his wife, is recuperating and he is taking care of her while she does so.Verity Daniels comes into the agency with a big problem. Newly wealthy due to an inheritance, she has only lived in San Francisco a few months. She reports that she is being extorted by a man who calls and threatens her harm if she doesn't pay him money. Verity has no idea who it could be, or what they think they have on her. Runyon begins the case, putting traps on her phone and covering her on an attempt to deliver the money. No calls are coming in, or at least none that show up on the recorders and the drop-off is a no-show. Verity seems more interested in Jake than in her danger and things just aren't adding up. When Jake decides to back off, Verity is incensed. She files an assault case against him and then a civil case against the agency. When she is murdered a few days later, the obvious suspect is Jake, who is arrested. Bill must return to work and try to find out what Verity's game was, and who could have wanted to kill her. Bill Pronzini has been writing about Bill, better known as 'The Nameless Detective' for many years, and this is the latest in the series. Fans will be quick to obtain and read this novel, as the cast of characters are old friends. Those who have not yet been introduced to Pronzini's detectives have a treat in store. Pronzini has written thirty-five Nameless novels, mostly alone but some in collaboration with his wife, mystery writer Marcia Muller, and other collaborators. He is a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and no one writes better about the life of a private investigator. This book is recommended for mystery fans.

  • Karl
    2019-02-26 01:49

    Here is a list of all the books (in order) Happy Reading.1971 The Snatch Random House 1973 The Vanished Random House 1973 Undercurrents Random House 1977 Blowback Ramdom House 1978 Twospot Putman 1980 Laybrinth St. Martin's Press 1980 A Killing In Xanadu Waves Press 1981 Hoodwinked St. Martin's Press 1982 Scattershot St. Martin's Press 1982 Dragonfire St. Martin's Press 1983 Bindlestiff St. Martin's Press 1983 Casefile St. Martin's Press 1984 Quicksilver St. Martin's Press 1984 Nightshades St. Martin's Press 1984 Double St. Martin's Press 1985 Bones St. Martin's Press 1985 Grave Yard Plots St. Martin's Press 1886 Dreadfall St. Martin's Press 1988 Shackles St. Martin's Press 1988 Small Fellonies St. Martin's Press 1990 Jackpot Delacorte 1991 Breakdown Delacorte 1992 Quarry Delacorte 1992 Epitaths Delacorte 1993 Demons Delacorte 1995 Hardcase Delacorte 1996 Spadework Crippen & Landru 1996 Sentinels Carroll & Graf 1997 Illusions Carroll & Graf 1998 Boobytrap Carroll & Graf 1999 Sluths Five Star 1999 Duo Five Star 2000 Crazybones Carroll & Graf 2002 Bleeders Carroll & Graf 2003 Spook Carroll & Graf 2003 Scenarios Five Star 2005 Nightcrawlers Forge 2006 Mourners Forge 2007 Savages Forge 2008 Feaver Forge 2009 Schemers Forge 2010 Betrayers Forge 2011 Camouflage Forge 2012 Hellbox Forge 2012 Kinsmen Cemetery Dance 2012 Femme Cemetery Dance 2013 Nemesis Forge

  • Michael
    2019-03-13 03:44

    This book is the latest in a series called The Nameless Detective, stories set in San Francisco, about a private detective agency. It is apparently a very popular series and a long running series. This book is the 42nd in the series. I wish I could say I liked it but it just did nothing for me. I could not get myself to like any of the main characters or find a way to get interested in the plot. I think it was because of one gross error the author made. It shocked me to think no one, either his editor or a proof-reader, would point it out. The error dealt with proving a phone call was received. That seems like an easy thing to prove but he, the detective, made no attempt. Makes no sense. So, from there, the story just didn't hold together for me. It was all avoidable.I doubt I'll try any of the other books in the series.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-07 01:39

    This is the type of competent, engaging PI story that made the Nameless Detective series so successful. There is routine detective drudgery and a blessed lack of cartoonish police department adversaries. The epilogue was saccharine and unnecessary but otherwise this was solid. Pronzini is still able to turn out a good mystery. The expansion of the agency to allow other detectives to shine has kept this series from becoming stale. Now if the author will only make Bill, Kerry and Emily behave remotely like a normal couple with a teenage daugthter instead of the poster family for the Stepford people I will be very pleased. Creating credible mysteries seems to be Pronzini's forte. Honest domestic situations seems to elude him.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-08 02:23

    This book was OK. Set in San Francisco, it's the 41st book in a series of "noir" detective stories. It is quite contemporary in setting and plot, while adhering to the succinct conversational style and straightforward plot line of its genre.The story was good; I didn't guess the villain before the author named him. My biggest complaint is that, while I know characters in long-running detective series have back stories that build from book to book, there was too much reference to previous events in their lives, without telling enough to clarify what happened. I don't plan to read all 40 previous books, so this was a bit much. Oh well, it was a good quick weekend read.

  • Chuck Barksdale
    2019-03-16 05:33

    Another enjoyable book in this great and long-running series. Nameless is not featured until later in the book as the book is presented from the perspective of Jake Runyon for the first third of the book or so. Nameless is at home taking care of Kerry and Jake is hired to investigate some threats received by their client Verity Daniels. Things turn bad for Jake and Nameless must start investigating to get Jake out of trouble. The style of this book follows most of the prior books (which is a good thing) while Pronzini continues to grow the back story of Nameless, Jake and Tamara.

  • Metagion
    2019-03-08 06:45

    Great story by Mr. Pronzini in the "Nameless Detective" series! When one of their own- Jake Runyon, long time detective in Nameless' Agency is twice accused of assault, rape and murder of a difficult client, it's up to Nameless' team: Tamara, the street-smart receptionist/dispatcher/computer whiz, Alex Chavez and Nameless himself to bring the RIGHT killer to justice and clear Jakes' name (if they can)! Good pacing, but has a "chopped up" type division in the books, as the story is told by three different characters. Enjoyable in spite of'll be hooked from beginning to end :)

  • Chris
    2019-02-25 04:34

    It looks like Bill might be more in the background now that's he older. The action starts with Jake taking a case in which a nouveaux riche woman is being threatened. She's not a nice person either. She is a piece of work and ends up causing unbelievable events. She's the client from hell but gets everything she deserves. These are always quick reads as Pronzini just moves it along. He can probably write these in his sleep. This series needs to be on TV.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-09 00:39

    I've read every Nameless Detective story since they were first published, but I'm going to have to give up on them. I started having problems when the author introduced Tamara. Pronzini's characterization of a young black woman doesn't ring true for me, either in her dialogue or her inner thoughts. The main characters all seemed bland to me in this book. Also, I can't see what the title has to do with the story.

  • Kazuki Harada
    2019-02-22 04:48

    I am a Japanese fan of Nameless series, considering every book a treat once a year. Enjoyed this one, too. Mr. Pronzini is really good at developing characters. Jake is good addition, because we can see Bill's different aspect through the other professional's eyes and mind. Hope more Nameless books would be translated in Japanese.

  • Steve
    2019-02-23 02:28

    Breezy mystery that in the end didn't really work out, though it was fun and fast to read. The first half presents a fascinating character, a woman who is a congenital, and very practiced liar. Then he kind of blows it in the second half, just when it was going to get interesting. I won't say more than that.

  • Alecia
    2019-03-24 06:25

    Pronzini's Nameless Detective series brings me the same kind of familiar enjoyment that I used to get reading the Spenser books. This latest one is a fast read, more character studies than mystery. But, if you're a fan, then it's a good, light read.

  • Joanna
    2019-03-02 04:37

    I enjoy the Nameless books. This like most others is a quick read, lots of action and some unruly characters, of course. It's good to see the progress of the series and actual aging and maturing of the main characters.

  • Lynn Lerch
    2019-03-22 02:43

    A woman in San Francisco who appears to have a great deal of money hires Jake Runyon to find out who is threatening her.I liked the description that Pronzini does of the Bay Area, especially of Central Contra Costa County. As usual Runyon finds out what is going on. It is a good adventure.

  • Cindy S
    2019-03-10 07:28

    Another "nameless detective" book involving just one case - a woman with a secret agenda and a lot of lies. Jake Runyon runs afoul of her and pays a price. Good solid detective mystery.

  • Karen
    2019-02-24 05:52

    This is by far my favorite detective/mystery writer. He just gets better and better, allowing his characters to age, and to grow.

  • Kerry Neidel
    2019-03-06 06:32

    Great book!

  • Al Stoess
    2019-03-02 03:40

    Another good Pronzini novel. Maybe not as good as some previos books. Is this the end of "Nameless Detective"? Probably not.

  • Anne Thorpe
    2019-03-22 01:29

    Excellent read. Great addition to a great series.

  • David Marshall
    2019-02-22 02:27

    This is rather better than the last two in the Nameless Detective series.

  • Paulette
    2019-03-02 03:35

    Perfect read for a restless evening.

  • Jayw
    2019-03-04 02:24

    Rich client hires the Nameless Detective Agency to investigate an extortion threat. It all blows up in detective Jake Runyon's face when she charges him with assault and then he's jailed for murder.