Saturday, 8 October 2016
BILL PRONZINI - NIGHTSHADES (1984)
When Great Western Insurance hires the Nameless Detective to investigate an accidental death in a small northern California town, it looks like a routine case—one he expects to solve swiftly so he and his lady friend, Kerry Wade, can take a much needed vacation. But no such luck. Nameless lands in the middle of a violent conflict between a group of greedy land developers and the handful of citizens who inhabit an isolated Gold Rush ghost town. The triumverate of successful realtors plan to "renovate" Musket Creek (nee Ragged-Ass Gulch), and bring back its glory days as a Gold Rush boomtown—this time in the guise of a "theme-style" amusement park.
The town denizens have different ideas. Stark, desolate, crumbling—this is double-dealing, arson, and murder. It's a classic showdown—with death thrown in as the twist.
The twelfth installment in the thrilling Nameless Detective series.
Another enjoyable read from much earlier in the year - March and another one which in the space of 6 months has more or less disappeared from my memory. Not to worry I'll just have to read the next one in the series soon.
So plot - okay I guess, but nothing memorable. Main characters - fine, upstanding, decent and likable. Pace - who knows. Action - some, with no doubt some cerebral sleuthing. Resolution - case solved and Nameless lives to fight another day.
A bland review for an okay, unremarkable but enjoyable mystery. I've read hundreds of books like this in my lifetime and will no doubt read hundreds more in future (hopefully).
4 from 5
Purchased copy of book from who knows where, who knows when.
Read in March, 2016.