Scenarios: A Nameless Detective Casebook

By Bill Pronzini

Shamus Award-winning author

Few writers have ever had any such unswerving reader following as invoice Pronzini and his "Nameless Detective." when it comes to existence at the revealed web page, the "Nameless Detective" celebrates his thirty fifth birthday in 2003. The fourteen tales during this assortment span the whole 35 years of "Nameless's" existence.

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Che sopra? " "Ashley Hansen. How she died. " a bit silence. Then he sighed and stated, "You already understand, hah, solid detective such as you? the way you discover? " "Does it topic? " "It do not topic. You inform police but? " "It'll be higher should you inform them. " extra silence, whereas he smoked his little cigar. I acknowledged, "But first inform me. precisely what occurred. " He close his eyes; he did not want to relive what had occurred. "It was once me telling you approximately Bisconte that began it," I acknowledged to prod him. "After you were given domestic Sunday evening you known as Gianna and requested her approximately him. Or she known as you. " ". . . I name her," he stated. "She's offended, she inform me brain my very own enterprise. by no means prior to she talks to her goombah this fashion. " "Because of me. simply because she was once frightened of what i would know about her and Ashley Hansen and Bisconte. " "Bisconte. " He spat the identify, as though ridding his mouth of whatever foul. "So this morning you requested round the local approximately him. And anyone instructed you he wasn't only a florist, approximately his little sideline. then you definately acquired on a bus and went to determine your granddaughter. " "I don't think it, no longer approximately Gianna. i need her inform me it isn't real. yet she's no longer there. simply the opposite one, the bionda. " "And then? " "She don't desire to permit me in, that one. i'm going in any way. I ask if she and Gianna are . . . in the event that they promote themselves for cash. She chuckle. In my face she snort, this woman what don't have any recognize. She says what distinction it make? She says i'm outdated man—dinosaur, she says. yet she pat my cheek like i'm little boy or huge shaggy dog story. Then she . . . ah, Cristo, she arise as regards to me and he or she say you will want a few, outdated guy, I offer you a few. To me she says this. Me. " Pietro shook his head; there have been tears in his eyes now. "I push her away. i believe feroce, like whilst i'm younger guy and a person he make difficulty with me. I push her too tough and he or she fall, her head hit the desk and that i see blood and he or she do not movement . . . ah, mio Dio! She used to be depraved, that one, yet i do not suggest to harm her . . . " "I understand you did not, Pietro. " "I imagine, name general practitioner quickly. yet she is lifeless. and that i damage the following, inside"—he tapped his chest—"and i believe, what if Gianna she come domestic? i do not are looking to see Gianna. you know? by no means back i need to work out her. " "I understand," I acknowledged. and that i inspiration: Funny—I've by no means laid eyes on her, now not even a photo of her. i do not be aware of what she appears like; now i do not need to know. I by no means are looking to see her both. Pietro entire his cigar. Then he straightened at the bench, appeared to compose himself. His eyes had dried; they have been transparent and sad.. He seemed prior me, throughout on the looming Romanesque pile of the church. "I make confession to priest," he stated, "little whereas earlier than you come back. Now we visit police and that i make confession to them. " "Yes. " "You imagine they placed me in gasoline chamber? " "I doubt they are going to placed you in criminal in any respect. It used to be an coincidence. only a undesirable twist of fate. " one other silence. On Pietro's face was once an expression of the inner most ache. "This factor, this coincidence, she wouldn't have ensue. as soon as . . . ah, as soon as . . . " Pause.

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