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Hoodwink by Bill Pronzini

Hoodwink (1981)

by Bill Pronzini

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Former pulp writer and current hack Russell Dancer invites Nameless to the first annual Western Pulp Convention in San Francisco. He wants Nameless to help him locate the person who is trying to blackmail Dancer for a purported plagiarism of a story called "Hoodwink." Arriving at the convention, Nameless discovers that a group of former friends (and now uncomfortable colleagues) who wrote for the pulps called the "Pulpeteers" have all received blackmail notes. Nameless is in seventh heaven as he meets many of his favorite pulp writers, buys pulp novels for his collection and meets a stunning younger woman who is the daughter of two famous pulp writers. For once, Nameless has some luck with the ladies. But is Kerry Wade attracted to him, or to his job as a private eye? Is he really attracted to her, or to her connection to the pulps? The convention is unexpectedly disrupted when one of the guests is found dead in a locked room while Russell Dancer is holding a gun that's been recently fired. It looks like an obvious case of murder by Dancer, who has been feuding with the man. Dancer denies his guilt, and only Nameless is willing to believe him. As Nameless tracks down the guilty party, he finds himself faced with a second locked room mystery... and a target for a murderer.
  cawillie53 | Sep 18, 2011 |
Very solid and readable detective story featuring the detective with no name. I get the feeling 'nameless' is pretty much Bill Pronzini - if he had time to be a detective. This one is a bit different as it takes place at a 'pulp' convention, which along with being the detective's passion is also Pronzini's inspiration for the character and genre. There is even a scene where 'nameless' just about meets Pronzini. Nameless isn't the usual hard-boiled tough guy though. He's actually a very nice bloke, who is as happy with a beer and a quiet night reading his beloved pulps, as his heroes would be with a bottle of bourbon and and the doubtful charms of the latest femme fatale, though there is time for a bit of romance in this one . Most of all he's a very well drawn character. It's just a shame that it's so hard to find the early books in this series now but I suppose everything can't stay in print forever. ( )
1 vote Finxy | Nov 14, 2010 |
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