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Fever, Bill Pronzini

Label
Fever
Title
Fever
Statement of responsibility
Bill Pronzini
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Nameless Detective had told engineer Mitchell Krochek that he'd do whatever he could to find his missing wife, Janice. She'd run away before - propelled by a gambling fever that grew ever higher - and Mitch had always taken her back. Soon, she'd begin gambling again, running up debts, running away ... This time, it took a week to find her, and she didn't even want to go home, she wanted a divorce. Ethically required to honor the woman's desires, when Nameless reports to Mitch, he refuses to reveal Janice's location." "Krochek's descent into nightmare has begun. It picks up speed when Janice shows up at the agency, beaten, asking to go home ... No one's surprised to learn that she soon disappears again. This time, though, there's blood on the Krochek's kitchen floor."
  • "As Nameless works to find a woman who doesn't want to be found for a man who doesn't seem to care very much about her fate (except to prove he didn't murder her), Jake Runyon, the agency's field operative, investigates a pro bono case for an elderly African American woman who wants to know why her son avoids her and why he's become so secretive and strange. Runyon knows all too well about the real, if not physical, loss of a son. His only hope is that this woman won't suffer the same disappointments."--BOOK JACKET
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Review
  • Pronzini's Nameless Detective and his San Francisco investigative agency have survived for more than three decades because of a never-ending supply of people who screw up their lives. Nameless used to operate alone but now runs an agency with the varied talents (and narrative points of view) of a twentysomething black woman and a fortysomething ex-cop. Nameless himself, of course, remains the moral center of the agency and the series, as well as the lead narrator. Fever focuses on how one woman's addiction to internet gambling leads her from her suburban home to a derelict San Francisco rooming house, where she turns tricks to finance her next run at the virtual casino. It also touches on other fevers that can consume people's lives. Pronzini is justly celebrated as a chronicler of San Francisco, but this novel also showcases his deft touch with interiors—how an unmade bed, the stench of cigarette smoke, or an antiseptically clean and empty home can say volumes about the tail ends of desperate lives. Another Pronzini winner. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 05-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 17, p32)
  • Once again Pronzini, soon to be designated an MWA Grand Master, captures the quiet despair of his characters' lives in the 33rd entry in his noirish whodunit series featuring the Nameless Detective (after 2007's Savages ). Mitchell Krochek, who's worried about the gambling addiction of his wife, Janice, hires Nameless to trace Janice, who's disappeared for the fourth time in four years. When Jake Runyon, Nameless's associate, traces Janice to an apartment hotel near their San Francisco office, Nameless and Jake decide to honor Janice's request not to reveal her location to her husband. Later, a battered Janice shows up at the detective agency's office, where she agrees to go home, only to vanish again amid circumstances strongly indicating foul play. In an affecting subplot, Jake investigates the mysterious beating of a devoted churchgoer's son. This insightful novel will appeal to those who like the mean streets portrayed with understatement and subtlety rather than gory violence. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 14, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 15, p40)
  • /* Starred Review */ In the Nameless Detective's twisty, fast-paced latest (Savages, 2007, etc.), he proves that he can still track lost ladies with the best of them.Mitchell Krochek's wife has disappeared, and he wants her found. So Nameless dons his gumshoes and goes to work. Soon enough he discovers that locating Janice Korchek is a lot easier than getting her to return. For starters, she's all but stripped her husband bare of assets since degenerating into a classic compulsive gambler—horses, cards, slots, anything she can place a bet on—hopelessly in thrall to her raging addiction. Enter QCL (Quick Cash Loans), a company whose target clientele is needy gamblers who can be readily turned into profit centers. Janice, desperate for money, has become a useful QCL call girl. Inevitably, she turns up badly beaten but won't identify her assailant. While Nameless presses on with the Krocheks, Jake Runyan, the firm's star field investigator, deals with a far stranger assignment involving Jekyll and Hyde behavior by a young man whose sudden personality change puzzles and dismays those who love him. When it's finally explained, Nameless concludes warmly, "We get the damnedest cases."Pronzini is such a quiet writer that he tends to be undervalued, but he shouldn't be. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
258108
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DLC
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Pronzini, Bill
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Nameless Detective mysteries
Series volume
0033
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gambling
  • Missing persons
  • Private investigators
  • Nameless Detective (Fictitious character)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a Nameless Detective novel
Label
Fever, Bill Pronzini
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Control code
000042541942
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780765318183
Lccn
2008005228
Label
Fever, Bill Pronzini
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Control code
000042541942
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780765318183
Lccn
2008005228

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