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Bill Pronzini was born in Petaluma, California on April 13, 1943. His first novel, The Stalker, was published in 1971. He is best known for his creation of the Nameless Detective Mystery series, as well as several westerns and novels of dark suspense. He has been a full time writer since 1969. He is also an active anthologist, having compiled more than 100 collections, most of which focus on mystery, western, and science fiction short stories. He has won numerous awards including three Shamus Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Mystery Writers of America. His book Snowbound received the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere, as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. Pronzini has established himself as a master of the Western novel as well as earning a name for himself in the dark fiction genre. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Double 166 copies, 3 reviews
The Bughouse Affair 162 copies, 14 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories (Editor; Contributor) 142 copies, 3 reviews
Beyond the Grave (Author) 127 copies, 4 reviews
Women Sleuths (Editor) 118 copies, 3 reviews
Nightcrawlers 115 copies, 2 reviews
Locked Room Puzzles (Editor; Contributor) 109 copies, 1 review
The Snatch 100 copies, 7 reviews
Mourners 98 copies, 3 reviews
Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (Editor) 94 copies, 2 reviews
Shackles 89 copies, 2 reviews
Schemers 88 copies, 5 reviews
Savages 85 copies, 1 review
Blue Lonesome 85 copies, 1 review
Police Procedurals (Editor) 84 copies, 1 review
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (Editor; Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
Blowback 81 copies, 3 reviews
Jackpot 81 copies, 1 review
The Other Side of Silence 81 copies, 1 review
Quarry 79 copies, 2 reviews
The Vanished 78 copies, 6 reviews
The Crimes of Jordan Wise 78 copies, 3 reviews
The Spook Lights Affair 77 copies, 5 reviews
Crucifixion River 77 copies, 1 review
American Pulp (Editor) 76 copies
Fever 75 copies, 3 reviews
Scattershot 74 copies, 4 reviews
A Wasteland of Strangers 74 copies, 3 reviews
The Lighthouse (Author) 73 copies, 2 reviews
Betrayers 73 copies, 1 review
Lady on the Case: 22 Female Detective Stories (Editor; Contributor) 71 copies
Bones 71 copies, 2 reviews
Hoodwink 70 copies, 5 reviews
Werewolf! A Chrestomathy of Lycanthropy (Editor) 70 copies, 1 review
Breakdown 69 copies, 1 review
The Hidden 67 copies, 3 reviews
Quicksilver 67 copies, 1 review
Demons 65 copies, 1 review
Hellbox 61 copies
Camouflage 60 copies, 1 review
Femme 60 copies, 2 reviews
Undercurrent 59 copies, 4 reviews
Nightshades 58 copies, 2 reviews
Tales of the Dead (Editor) 58 copies
Epitaphs 57 copies, 2 reviews
Masques (Author) 55 copies, 1 review
Sentinels 54 copies
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Mystery Novels (Editor; Contributor) 54 copies, 1 review
Labyrinth 53 copies, 2 reviews
Hardcase 53 copies, 1 review
Boobytrap 52 copies, 1 review
Twospot 52 copies, 2 reviews
Bindlestiff 51 copies, 2 reviews
Dragonfire 49 copies, 1 review
Nothing but the Night 49 copies, 1 review
Crazybone 48 copies, 2 reviews
Chapter and Hearse: Suspense Stories about the World of Books (Contributor; Editor) 47 copies, 1 review
Son of Gun in Cheek 47 copies, 2 reviews
Spook 46 copies, 1 review
Deadfall 46 copies, 1 review
Bleeders 45 copies, 1 review
Nemesis 44 copies, 1 review
Booktaker 44 copies, 7 reviews
Detective Duos (Editor; Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
Snowbound 42 copies
The Stalker 41 copies
The Running of Beasts 39 copies, 1 review
Kinsmen 39 copies, 1 review
Illusions 37 copies, 1 review
Graveyard Plots 36 copies, 1 review
In an Evil Time 35 copies
Panic! 34 copies, 1 review
Quincannon 34 copies, 1 review
Deadly Anniversaries (Editor; Contributor) 33 copies, 6 reviews
Strangers 32 copies, 1 review
Midnight Specials (Editor; Contributor) 32 copies
Eye 32 copies, 1 review
Casefile 32 copies, 1 review
Night Freight 32 copies
The Tormentor 30 copies
A Century of Mystery 1980-1989 (Editor; Contributor) 29 copies
Great Tales of the West (Editor) 27 copies, 1 review
Uncollected Crimes (Editor) 27 copies
Vixen 27 copies, 2 reviews
Endgame 26 copies
Zigzag 26 copies
101 Mystery Stories (Editor; Contributor) 25 copies
The Flimflam Affair 25 copies, 1 review
Manhattan Mysteries (Editor) 23 copies
The Alias Man 23 copies
Night Screams 20 copies
Acts of Mercy 20 copies
Starvation Camp 19 copies
Aftershock 19 copies
The Hangings 18 copies
The Casebook of Sidney Zoom (Editor) 17 copies
Games 17 copies
Christmas Out West (Editor) 17 copies, 1 review
Kill or Cure (Editor; Editor) 16 copies
Problems Solved 15 copies, 1 review
Duo 14 copies
Dead Run 14 copies
Felonious Assaults (Editor) 13 copies
Firewind 13 copies
The Second Reel West (Editor) 12 copies, 1 review
Carmody's Run 12 copies
Prose Bowl 11 copies, 1 review
Criminal Elements (Editor) 11 copies, 1 review
Great Modern Police Stories (Editor) 11 copies, 1 review
Prime Suspects (Editor; Contributor) 10 copies
The Railroaders (Editor) 10 copies
Day of the Moon 9 copies, 1 review
Murder in the First Reel (Editor) 9 copies, 1 review
Revenant 9 copies
Homicidal Acts (Editor) 9 copies
Bakers Dozen: 13 Short Detective Novels (Editor; Contributor) 8 copies
Sleuths 8 copies
She Won the West (Editor) 8 copies
Crime & Crime Again (Editor) 7 copies
Dark Lessons: Crime and Detection on Campus (Editor; Contributor) 7 copies, 1 review
The Steamboaters (Editor) 6 copies
Bad News (Anthology) (Contributor) 6 copies
Cat's-Paw 5 copies, 1 review
The Northerners (Editor) 5 copies
Combat (Editor) 5 copies
The Outlaws (Editor) 5 copies
The Montanans (Editor) 4 copies
The Californians (Editor) 4 copies
Inaugural [short story] (Author) 4 copies
The Third Reel West (Editor) 4 copies
The Cowboys 3 copies
More Wild Westerns (Editor) 3 copies
The Arizonans (Editor) 3 copies
Stacked Deck 3 copies
The Horse Soldiers (Editor) 2 copies
The Lawmen (Editor) 2 copies
Black Wind 2 copies
The Cattlemen (Editor) 2 copies
Wildfire 2 copies
Death of a Nobody 2 copies, 1 review
Bedeviled 1 copy
War Stories (Editor) 1 copy
Multiples 1 copy
Bonecrack 1 copy
Toy {short story} 1 copy, 1 review
Rebound 1 copy
Peekaboo 1 copy
Sanctuary 1 copy
Changes 1 copy
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (Contributor) 401 copies, 4 reviews
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (Contributor) 366 copies, 5 reviews
100 Malicious Little Mysteries (Contributor) 354 copies, 4 reviews
Tales of Terror (Contributor) 275 copies, 2 reviews
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (Contributor) 223 copies, 5 reviews
Mistletoe Mysteries (Contributor) 220 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction (Contributor) 219 copies, 4 reviews
The Mysterious West (Contributor) 213 copies, 4 reviews
Stories to Be Read with the Lights On (Contributor) 194 copies, 4 reviews
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories (Contributor; Contributor; Contributor) 188 copies, 1 review
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (Contributor) 172 copies, 2 reviews
Stories to Be Read With the Door Locked (Contributor) 154 copies, 4 reviews
Cat Crimes (Contributor) 142 copies, 2 reviews
A Century of Great Suspense Stories (Contributor) 139 copies, 1 review
The Master's Choice (Contributor) 136 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 (Contributor) 132 copies, 2 reviews
Microcosmic Tales (Contributor) 131 copies, 3 reviews
Crafty Cat Crimes: 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries (Contributor) 130 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time (Contributor) 125 copies, 1 review
Shadows (Contributor) 121 copies, 2 reviews
Cat Crimes II (Contributor) 103 copies, 1 review
Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years (Contributor) 101 copies, 3 reviews
A Century of Great Western Stories (Contributor) 88 copies
Dark Screams: Volume One (Contributor) 87 copies, 31 reviews
The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 2 (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (Contributor) 80 copies, 2 reviews
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (Contributor) 74 copies, 3 reviews
Tales to Take Your Breath Away (Contributor) 72 copies
Shadows 3 (Contributor) 68 copies
The Mammoth Book of Pulp Action (Contributor) 64 copies, 2 reviews
Guilty As Charged (Contributor) 60 copies
Blood and Other Cravings (Contributor) 60 copies, 3 reviews
A Treasury of Modern Mysteries Volume 1 (Contributor) 60 copies, 2 reviews
Women on the Edge (Contributor) 55 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (Contributor) 54 copies
Master's Choice, Volume 1 (Contributor) 54 copies
Shadows 8 (Contributor) 54 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (Contributor) 48 copies
Shivers VII (Contributor) 48 copies, 1 review
New Jersey Noir (Contributor) 48 copies, 2 reviews
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 44 copies
Speculations (Contributor) 44 copies
Halloween Horrors (Contributor) 43 copies
Realms of Darkness (Contributor) 42 copies, 1 review
Shadows 2 (Contributor) 39 copies, 1 review
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (Contributor) 38 copies, 2 reviews
Nightmares (Contributor) 38 copies
Final Shadows (Contributor) 36 copies
I Want My Mummy (Contributor) 36 copies, 1 review
Terrors (Contributor) 33 copies
Chrysalis 6 (Author) 32 copies, 1 review
Touch Wood (Contributor) 32 copies
Conqueror Fantastic (Contributor) 31 copies, 2 reviews
Irreconcilable Differences (Contributor) 31 copies, 2 reviews
Chrysalis 5 (Contributor) 29 copies, 1 review
Cat Crimes Takes a Vacation (Contributor) 28 copies
Between the Dark and Daylight (Contributor) 26 copies
Most Wanted (Contributor) 23 copies, 1 review
New Crimes 1 (Contributor) 20 copies
The Shamus Game (Contributor) 19 copies
Other Worlds 2 (Contributor) 18 copies
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
The Best of the American West II (Contributor) 12 copies, 1 review
Crime After Crime (Contributor) 11 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Mortal Errors (Contributor) 9 copies
The Western Hall of Fame Anthology (Contributor) 9 copies
Crime Without Murder (Contributor) 6 copies
Murder to Go (Contributor) 5 copies
Best Detective Stories 1981 (Contributor) 5 copies
First Cases [Unabridged Audiobook] (Contributor) 3 copies
Venture Science Fiction May 1970 (Contributor) 3 copies
Best Detective Stories 1980 (Contributor) 3 copies
Mens vi taler om djævelen .... : 19 gys (Contributor) 2 copies, 1 review
Black Wings Has My Angel & Other Short Stories (Introduction, some editions) 2 copies
Killer Crimes 2 copies

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William John Pronzini was born in Petaluma, California. He has been married three times. The first marriage was with Laura Patricia Adolphson, (1965 to 1967; divorce); the second was with Brunhilde Schier, July 28, 1972 (separated December 1985; divorce a couple years later). He married Marcia Muller (also a mystery writer) in 1992. They have collaborated on three novels: Beyond the Grave (1986), The Lighthouse, (1987); and Double (1984), a Nameless Detective novel, as well as on numerous anthologies. In 1987 he won The Eye, which is the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by The Private Eye Writers of America. It is a more exclusive version of their Shamus Award. He has been nominated three times by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award, and received their Grand Master designation in May of 2008.
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