By Bill Pronzini
In Deadfall invoice Pronzini's well known "Nameless Detective" returns in his such a lot baffling—and harrowing—case to this point. whereas staked out on a regimen vehicle repossession, anonymous all yet witnesses the taking pictures of a San Francisco attorney, Leonard Purcell. He arrives at the scene in time to listen to Purcell's loss of life phrases, certainly one of that is "deadfall." yet Purcell dies in Nameless's hands earlier than the cryptic observe may be defined. The secret deepens while anonymous discovers that Leonard's brother, Kenneth, fell to his dying six months prior. Is Purcell's dying associated with the obvious unintentional "deadfall" of his brother? Leonard's housemate thinks so, and he hires anonymous to turn out it. The detective's seek takes him right into a labyrinth of unusual relationships regarding Kenneth's promiscuous widow, his unattractive daughter, her drug-addicted boyfriend, a clever society matron with a fondness for old snuff bottles, a bisexual Filipino, and a lacking Mexican deliveryman. ahead of anonymous can study the reality in the back of the death of the Purcell brothers, the case takes a couple of turns that go away his personal existence striking within the stability.
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