Sentinels (Nameless Detective, #23)

ISBN: 0786710144
ISBN 13: 9780786710140
By: Bill Pronzini

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About this book

A "worried mother" job takes "Nameless" to a California backwater, where college student Allison McDowell has disappeared with her mysterious new boyfriend on a drive from Oregon to San Francisco. And behind a simple missing-persons case lies a sinister—and deadly—conspiracy. "'Nameless' is a good man to walk you through the noir landscape."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "'Nameless' has become an American treasure.... A stunning and unique achievement in crime fiction."—Booklist "One of the best in the mystery-suspense field is Bill Pronzini."—Washington Post

Reader's Thoughts


Set in Modoc and Lassen Counties this is a single plot thriller that becomes a quest for Nameless. You know from the beginning this is not going to end happy. Two college students on the way home to the Bay Area from the University of Oregon never come home. The mother of one the students hires Nameless to find her and so begins a long road trip up and down US 395 where all he encounters are hostile, insular people who are obviously hiding something.


Short book, but a good story. Nameless is searching for what happened to two college students who were driving home from Oregon and disappeared. The kicker is the very end of the book, in the last paragraph. Unrelated to the main story line but essential for the back story of the people in his life. Have to start the next book right away to see where this goes!


Another good story by Pronzini with the Nameless Detective. This book takes place in the northeastern part of California, a less populated part of the state with small towns that don't welcome strangers. Nameless is looking for a missing young woman at the request of her mother. The intrigue keeps the reader's attention. There is more violence than in many of the other Nameless books, but not more than he can handle. I'm looking forward to the next adventure.


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

Carol Dawson

Could not put this one down.


Old style detective series with excellent writing, plots and characters throughout

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