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Spadework

(1994)
A Collection of Nameless Detective Stories
(A book in the Nameless Detective series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Spadework was published on the 25th anniversary of The Snatch, the first Nameless Detective novel. Spadework collects 15 short stories perfect for those who love the Nameless Detective. Two of the stories appear in print for the first time ("Worried Mother Job" and "Zero Tolerance"). The book has an excellent foreword by Marcia Muller about her take on her husband's work, and an interesting afterword by Mr. Bill Pronzini in which he talks about his dedication to the needs of the story over the continuity of the series. One of the highlights of the book is "Cats-Paw", which won the Shamus award for the best detective short story in 1983. The book also has a bibliography of the Nameless Detective novels and short stories through 1996.

The stories in Spadework cover the whole gamut of Nameless Detective styles, from early noir to sophisticated plots to wonderful locked room mysteries. The times of the stories are not specified, but appear to date from 1970 to 1996 based on their first publication dates.

This will be a Crossroad Press production.

Genre: Mystery

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June 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spadework
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 1-885941-06-4 / 978-1-885941-06-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crippen and Landru
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February 1994 : USA Hardback

Title: Spadework
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 0-913165-75-1 / 978-0-913165-75-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dark Harvest Books
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Paperback Editions

June 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spadework: A Collection of "Nameless Detective" Stories
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
ISBN: 1-885941-07-2 / 978-1-885941-07-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crippen & Landru Pub
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August 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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August 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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August 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories
Author(s): Bill Pronzini
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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