“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Nameless Detective Mysteries

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The Snatch
Bill Pronzini

In his first chronicled adventure,the Nameless Detective hires on to handle the ransom payoff...

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The Vanished
Bill Pronzini

His name was Roy Sands, and he had everything to look forward to. He was getting out of the...

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Undercurrent
Bill Pronzini

The Nameless detective is hired by a young wife to find out whether her husband has been...

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Blowback
Bill Pronzini

He's just gotten some bad news, and its impact has made him immobile and fearful. He's always...

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Twospot
Bill Pronzini, Collin Wilcox

Bill Pronzini's "Nameless" private eye and Collin Wilcox's Lieutenant Frank Hastings join...

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Labyrinth
Bill Pronzini

Nameless is called in by his friend, police lieutenant Eberhardt, when a dead woman's purse...

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Hoodwink
Bill Pronzini

Former pulp writer and current hack Russell Dancer invites Nameless to the first annual...

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Scattershot
Bill Pronzini

Business is booming for Nameless; he's started in on three new cases in one week. But every...

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Dragonfire
Bill Pronzini

It's a lazy mid-August Sunday afternoon. The "Nameless Detective" and his old friend Lieutenan...

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Bindlestiff
Bill Pronzini

Miss Arlene Bradford hires Nameless to find her father. Fired from his government job, Charles...

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Case File
Bill Pronzini

Mystery

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Quicksilver
Bill Pronzini

A weekend fling turns into a week-long manhunt as the Nameless Detective's last solo case...

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Nightshades
Bill Pronzini

When Great Western Insurance hires the Nameless Detective to investigate an accidental death...

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Double
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

The "Nameless Detective" and Sharon McCone join forces at a San Diego private detective...

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Bones
Bill Pronzini

An old grave opens a new case of murder. Recent murders are difficult but not unsolvable. This...

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Deadfall
Bill Pronzini
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Shackles
Bill Pronzini

Abducted by a shadowy figure he never sees, chloroformed and taken to a remote mountain cabin,...

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Jackpot
Bill Pronzini

Mystery

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Breakdown
Bill Pronzini
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Quarry
Bill Pronzini
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Epitaphs
Bill Pronzini

The Nameless Detective offers to do an old man a favor by finding his missing granddaughter,...

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Demons
Bill Pronzini

Searching for Nedra Merchant, a missing femme fatale whose trail of broken hearts includes a...

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Hardcase
Bill Pronzini

Fresh from his recent marriage, the Nameless Detective returns to what appears to be a routine...

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Sentinels
Bill Pronzini

A "worried mother" job takes "Nameless" to a California backwater, where college student...

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Spadework
Bill Pronzini
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Illusions
Bill Pronzini

Caught between two difficult investigations - one personal and one professional. "Nameless"...

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Boobytrap
Bill Pronzini

The 'Nameless Detective' welcomes the chance for a quiet holiday at Deep Mountain Lake - but...

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Crazybone
Bill Pronzini

Posh and affluent, a mecca for the horsy set, the California community of Greenwood hides its...

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Bleeders
Bill Pronzini

A simple case gets murderously complicated when "Nameless," Bill Pronzini's seasoned private...

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Spook
Bill Pronzini

Shaken after a hair's-breadth escape from death, Nameless has made changes in his professional...

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Scenarios
Bill Pronzini

The fourteen stories in this collection span Nameless' entire thirty-five-year life on the...

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Nightcrawlers
Bill Pronzini

Things were quiet in the San Francisco-based agency Nameless founded and his partners, Jake...

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Mourners
Bill Pronzini

"Nameless" had seen enough death in his years; spending his time watching someone drive to...

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Savages
Bill Pronzini

The police said it was an accident, the dead woman's sister said it was murder... and that she...

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Fever
Bill Pronzini

Nameless had told Mitchell Krochek that he’d do whatever he could to find his missing wife,...

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Schemers
Bill Pronzini

A locked room mystery that goes from stolen books to stolen lives and the hunt for a phantom...

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Betrayers
Bill Pronzini

We’re told that there are seven deadly sins; not on the list is the deadliest of them all:...

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Camouflage
Bill Pronzini

Nameless may not like David Virden, but the case is simple enough: find his ex-wife—and they...

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Hellbox
Bill Pronzini

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