Monday, July 24, 2017

Endgame -- Bill Pronzini

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the ER at M. D. Anderson for what turned out to be a kidney infection.  Since I walked in under my own power and wasn't in serious pain, the triage nurse didn't give me a very high priority.  I was put on a rolling bed, taken to the area where the rooms are, and shoved up against a desk, where I remained for the next six hours.  Luckily I'd had the foresight to take a book with me, and luckily it was a book that could hold my attention while people were constantly coming and going.  The book was Bill Pronzini's latest Nameless novel, Endgame.

The agency has two cases in this one.  Jake Runyon's handling one of them, in which a man's body is found inside a locked and barred cabin.  Clearly he died by accident, right?  That's what everybody thinks until Runyon shows up.  He thinks it's murder.

Nameless is working a case in which a woman has disappeared.  Her husband says she couldn't have left on her own because of her extreme agoraphobia.  When her body is found, he's arrested for murder, and Nameless is his only hope.

Over the years the personal lives of Nameless and his operatives have become as important to the stories as the cases the agency works, and it's good to see a good bit of that kind of thing included here.  I found the book gripping and entertaining.  It got me through an unpleasant time, and I can't think of a better recommendation than that.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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ABC News: Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the "Home Alone" series and a corrupt detective in "The Sopranos," has died. He was 71.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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Clancy Sigal, R. I. P.

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Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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