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PROTAGONIST Nameless DetectiveSETTING CaliforniaSERIES 17 of 40RATING 4.35WHY Nameless is abducted by a masked man who takes him to a remote location and shackles his leg to a chain that cannot be removed The villain leaves food enough for 13 weeks and some minimal supplies Nameless knows the man is seeking revenge but cannot figure out who it could be The book is divided into sections the first deals with his life in the cabin and is chilling in its impact on Nameless Ultimately, he PROTAGONIST Nameless DetectiveSETTING CaliforniaSERIES 17 of 40RATING 4.35WHY Nameless is abducted by a masked man who takes him to a remote location and shackles his leg to a chain that cannot be removed The villain leaves food enough for 13 weeks and some minimal supplies Nameless knows the man is seeking revenge but cannot figure out who it could be The book is divided into sections the first deals with his life in the cabin and is chilling in its impact on Nameless Ultimately, he finds an ingenious way to become free his subsequent journey into civilization is quite suspenseful Compelling and engrossing until the dramatic tension eases as he seeks vengeance An excellent entry in the series This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s the next Nameless Detective book in the series, and it s pretty unique book The first third is about Nameless being held in captivity by a faceless villain Afterward, he escapes and hunts said villain down using some nice detective work.Much of this book is really a psychological thriller centering on our protagonist, and it s very well presented However the detective work that appears in the middle of the story really works too It s all around a strong book, and I m very happy to see P It s the next Nameless Detective book in the series, and it s pretty unique book The first third is about Nameless being held in captivity by a faceless villain Afterward, he escapes and hunts said villain down using some nice detective work.Much of this book is really a psychological thriller centering on our protagonist, and it s very well presented However the detective work that appears in the middle of the story really works too It s all around a strong book, and I m very happy to see Pronzini continue to move away from those closed door mysteries that he was briefly obsessed with.There was also some very nice use of northern California background in this one, away from Nameless typical stomping grounds, but still an interesting and iconic part of the state.I menthusiastic to readNameless books after this one I have a burial spot all picked out for you And you mustn t worry I ll dig your grave deep so the animals won t disturb you.My fourth Pronzini read and another one in his famous series about a private detective whose name is never mentioned is a conventional revenge story in the tradition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas Instead of Ch teau d If in southern France, Central California provides interesting locations for the plot the region roughly east of Stockton, Ca, and I have a burial spot all picked out for you And you mustn t worry I ll dig your grave deep so the animals won t disturb you.My fourth Pronzini read and another one in his famous series about a private detective whose name is never mentioned is a conventional revenge story in the tradition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas Instead of Ch teau d If in southern France, Central California provides interesting locations for the plot the region roughly east of Stockton, Ca, and west of the Sierra Nevada range Shackles 1988 is the 17th installment in the series it follows Deadfall that I have just reviewed here The beginning of the novel evokes a happy and carefree atmosphere the detective and Kerry, his love interest, meet Eberhardt s he is the detective s partner new girlfriend The mood is so cheerful that it is obvious something bad is just about to happen.It does The detective is abducted, chloroformed, and driven to a mountain cabin in a remote area, where he is shackled with an iron chain to a wall He is left to die there, but not quickly So deep is the abductor s grudge that he has provided a lot of food for the detective the idea is to extend his suffering and prolong the process of dying Our hero even muses about sawing his leg off to escape but the lack of suitable tools makes the selfie surgery idea difficult to implement.As stereotypical as the imprisonment part of the story is it made me think about it as a metaphor of human life one is chained to a particular place, certain foods, radio stations, etc for the remainder of one s given lifespan, with death the only thing to look forward to.I am not going to spoil the story by divulging whether there is the second part of the story, the part that portrays the vengeance Lame joke, sorry However, while in a facetious mood I will quote a short passage that made me smile Retirement is hell, so to hell with retirement That s the spirit Only people in wrong jobs may want to retire Anyway, reading the novel other than the mentions of many Central California locations that I find familiar has not been a particularly memorable experience Two and a quarter stars SHACKLES Private Investigator EXBill Pronzini 17th in Nameless seriesSt Martin s Press, 1988 HardcoverImagine leaving your girlfriend s apartment a few days before Christmas, being forced into a car, handcuffed, chloroformed and awake shackled with a leg iron attached to a wall in an isolated mountain cabin with 13 week s provisions and told you are being left to die there This is the situation in which Pronzini s Nameless finds himself There are not many books I reread but thi SHACKLES Private Investigator EXBill Pronzini 17th in Nameless seriesSt Martin s Press, 1988 HardcoverImagine leaving your girlfriend s apartment a few days before Christmas, being forced into a car, handcuffed, chloroformed and awake shackled with a leg iron attached to a wall in an isolated mountain cabin with 13 week s provisions and told you are being left to die there This is the situation in which Pronzini s Nameless finds himself There are not many books I reread but this is absolutely one of them The plot is tight, dialogue crisp and sense of place makes you reach for a blanket Written in first person, you experience the thoughts and emotions of Nameless Although out of print and somewhat difficult to find I recommend used.addall.com it is worth every effort It is truly haunting and well deserving of the ranking of Excellent Wow Not like the other Nameless stories at all This one finds him thinking about semi retirement duringa great evening with Kerry and Eb But as he is heading home, right outside Kerry s house, he is kidnapped, drugged and brought to an isolated cabin Where he is chained and left with just enough food to last three months During this time he is forced to reflect on many things From his current life all the way to when he was a kid It s agonizingly paced, but not boring When he gets free h Wow Not like the other Nameless stories at all This one finds him thinking about semi retirement duringa great evening with Kerry and Eb But as he is heading home, right outside Kerry s house, he is kidnapped, drugged and brought to an isolated cabin Where he is chained and left with just enough food to last three months During this time he is forced to reflect on many things From his current life all the way to when he was a kid It s agonizingly paced, but not boring When he gets free he has only one goal, and that is to find the one responsible for his imprisionment and make things right If he can I have read most of the Nameless Detective books over the years But Shackles is my favourite It is quite distinctive in tone and considerably darker The Detective is kidnapped in San Francisco and is chained in an isolated cabin in the mountains with enough food for thirteen weeks.The book relates, in the first person, the captivity period, followed by the escape and finally the investigation to track the kidnapper Each part is quite different but the intensity never drops until the end. Probablylike three and a half stars, but since I just visited the Sacramento area where it is largely set, it wasvivid to me than it otherwise would have been Nameless is kidnapped and left to starve or commit suicide, whichever comes first, chained up in a deserted mountain cabin in the winter I thought the book would stand or fall depending on how ingenious he was in escaping and hunting down his abductor The escape is not particularly ingenious at all, and the hunt is pretty mu Probablylike three and a half stars, but since I just visited the Sacramento area where it is largely set, it wasvivid to me than it otherwise would have been Nameless is kidnapped and left to starve or commit suicide, whichever comes first, chained up in a deserted mountain cabin in the winter I thought the book would stand or fall depending on how ingenious he was in escaping and hunting down his abductor The escape is not particularly ingenious at all, and the hunt is pretty much par for the course in private detective novels There are vivid characters along the way, and the solution is very satisfying, almost exactly what you would wish *READ EPUB ☠ Shackles ⇖ Who is the slightly overweight, Italian American private investigator who never reveals his name He is the Nameless Detective This time the San Francisco Bay area s hottest sleuth finds himself the victim of a ruthless, fiendish, and unknown enemy s revenge Martin s Outrageously suspenseful, the impact greater for being so atypical especially for this series a PI novel Not the one I d recommend to turn someone on to the character, although it is true to him. 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 Night 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