The Other Side of Silence
A Novel of Suspense
By Bill Pronzini
(Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802717139, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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A scintillating new thriller by one of the masters of the genre, following his Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
“When Geena finally left him and filed for divorce, Fallon put the Encino house up for sale and took the last two weeks of his vacation from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Liberty and drove straight to Death Valley. The desert country had a way of simplifying things. It cleansed your mind, allowed you to think clearly. Allowed you to breathe. The one place he truly belonged.”
So opens Bill Pronzini’s exciting new thriller. On his third day in the Valley, Rick Fallon comes upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon soon learns what had driven her to give up on life…and, his own life on hold, he resolves to unravel the twisted and dangerous strands of hers, a quest that leads him to the glitter-dome of Las Vegas among other locales. The result is a story as dramatic and memorable as anything Pronzini has written, reminiscent of his classics Blue Lonesome and A Wasteland of Strangers. In The Other Side of Silence, Bill Pronzini is indeed a Grand Master.
Bill Pronzini is the author of 70 novels, including three in collaboration with his wife, the novelist Marcia Muller, and is the creator of the popular Nameless Detective series. A six-time nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and two-time nominee for the International Crime Writers Association’s Hammett Prize (for A Wasteland of Strangers and The Crimes of Jordan Wise), Pronzini is also the recipient of three Shamus Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in northern California.
“A tight, twisty tale that an old pro’s sure-handed way with character makes both believable and engrossing.” —Kirkus