13 August 2009

Forgotten Book: THE VANISHED, Bill Pronzini

This week's contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books.

While Bill Pronzini is by no means a forgotten author, there is every chance that books he wrote over 35 years ago are.
I don't think I've actually read many books by Pronzini, despite the fact that he has been publishing prodigiously since 1971.
THE VANISHED (1973) appears in my record for March 1982.

His name was Roy Sands, and he had everything to look forward to. He was getting out of the service and coming home to marry his beautiful Fiancee. He had his debts paid, money in the bank, and a happy new life ahead of him. Then he disappeared.

THE VANISHED is #2 in his Nameless Detective series (perhaps someone could tell me what that means), a series which he continues to write, with #36 appearing this year.

You can read the first 6 pages of the book on Amazon.
Check Prozini's novels on Fantastic Fiction.


Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1982) : HOODWINK
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) : SENTINELS
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1999) : BOOBYTRAP

In 1987 Bill Pronzini won The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by The Private Eye Writers of America. It is a more exclusive version of their Shamus Award. He has been nominated three times by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award, and received their Grand Master designation in May 2008.

Check entries on Wikipedia


pattinase (abbott) said...

Funny how we miss readling certain authors.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

I had no idea the early "nameless" (the detective never uses or is call by his name) books were still available.

Thanks for this.


Kerrie said...

Thanks for helping me understand what "nameless" means Terrie. I thought it must be something like that.


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