When Geena finally left him and filed for divorce, Fallon put the Encino house up for sale and took the last two weeks of his vacation from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Liberty and drove straight to Death Valley. The desert country had a way of simplifying things. It cleansed your mind, allowed you to think clearly. Allowed you to breathe. The one place he truly belonged.
So opens Bill Pronzinis exciting new thriller. On his third day in the Valley, Rick Fallon comes upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon soon learns what had driven her to give up on life and, his own life on hold, he resolves to unravel the twisted and dangerous strands of hers, a quest that leads him to the glitter-dome of Las Vegas among other locales. The result is a story as dramatic and memorable as anything Pronzini has written, reminiscent of his classics Blue Lonesome and A Wasteland of Strangers.
"[A] simple yet disciplined prose style; a strong, multilayered central character; and a compelling plot that builds to a nice little closing twist." - Publishers Weekly.
"A tight, twisty tale that an old pro's sure-handed way with character makes both believable and engrossing." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Bill Pronzini was born in 1943 in Petaluma, California. He has been
married three times. First to Laura Patricia Adolphson, then to Brunhilde
Schier, and now to mystery writer Marcia Muller with whom he has collaborated on
a number of projects.
He published his first novel, The Stalker, in 1971. However, his best known works are the Nameless Detective (fictional detective) series, which he began in 1971. Over the life of the series, Nameless has gracefully grown and matured as an "everyman" character, aging along with his creator and audience. His books have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and have been published in more than thirty countries.
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