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Blowback

(1977)
(The fourth book in the Nameless Detective series)
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He's just gotten some bad news, and its impact has made him immobile and fearful. He's always known that the racking cough was not just something that was going to go away, that the ache in his chest was indicative of something more serious. And now he's found out that he has a lesion on his lung which could be malignant. He's set to sit and wait and do nothing else until he gets the results, but is swayed into action by a call from an old buddy of his from the service, Harry Burroughs.

Harry has an isolated fishing camp in Northern California. Currently, he has several people in residence. Recent events have convinced him that the place is a powder keg waiting to erupt into violence. Therefore, the call to Nameless. What Nameless finds on his arrival is a simmering situation, mostly caused by the presence of a very erotic woman by the name of Angela who is there with her extremely jealous husband, Ray, who is even more combustible because he's a heavy drinker. Angela is a woman who plays sweet but gets deep underneath a man's skin and is nowhere near as innocent as she would have folks believe.

And then the murders start. The first doesn't seem to have anything to do with the situation when a rug dealer is killed in his van. But then the inhabitants of the camp become targets, including Nameless. He faces more than the usual share of danger as he is entombed in a cave. The book has a little bit of everything - sexual intrigue, theft, murder, violence - all leavened by Nameless searching for the truth in a high tension environment.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An immensely likeable addition to the roster of private investigators." - John Dickson Carr


Used availability for Bill Pronzini's Blowback

Hardback Editions

October 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Blowback
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-7091-6988-4 / 978-0-7091-6988-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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March 1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: Blowback
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-394-40793-8 / 978-0-394-40793-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blowback: The Nameless Detective
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 1-61232-067-8 / 978-1-61232-067-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC
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September 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blowback
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-88150-034-8 / 978-0-88150-034-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Backcountry Pubns
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Blowback: The Nameless Detective, Book 4
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
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January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Blowback: The Nameless Detective, Book 4
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Blowback: The Nameless Detective, Book 4
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Blowback
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 1-935138-82-0 / 978-1-935138-82-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Blowback (The Nameless Detective Book 4)
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
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