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  • Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories

  • Written by: Bill Pronzini
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Spadework was published on the 25th anniversary of The Snatch, the first Nameless Detective novel. Spadework collects 15 short stories perfect for those who love the Nameless Detective. Two of the stories appear in print for the first time ("Worried Mother Job" and "Zero Tolerance"). The book has an excellent foreword by Marcia Muller about her take on her husband's work, and an interesting afterword by Mr. Bill Pronzini in which he talks about his dedication to the needs of the story over the continuity of the series. One of the highlights of the book is "Cats-Paw", which won the Shamus award for the best detective short story in 1983. The book also has a bibliography of the Nameless Detective novels and short stories through 1996.

The stories in Spadework cover the whole gamut of Nameless Detective styles, from early noir to sophisticated plots to wonderful locked room mysteries. The times of the stories are not specified, but appear to date from 1970 to 1996 based on their first publication dates.

This will be a Crossroad Press production.

©1996 Bill Pronzini (P)2012 David N. Wilson

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  • 2021-09-06



I am a newbie to the "NAMELESS DETECTIVE " series even though Bill Pronzini has been around awhile. I fell in love with them when I came across them quite by accident.
SPADEWORK is a collection of short stories. Each story ends with a tiny twist to them. Some of the stories are a bit humorous and some deadly serious.
The books introduction is done by his wife Marcia Mueller , with narration done by Nick Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan's does a good job with the characters as well. I am looking forward to digging up more of Mr.Prozini's work in the future.

I recieved this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 2020-10-20

A nice collection

The stories are good but I would prefer it if you wouldn't overlap books from other collections into other collections as I have heard them before.

Nick Sullivan did a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Liv
  • 2018-04-16

Enjoyable listen for fans of detective stories

What made the experience of listening to Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories the most enjoyable?

I think the excellent narration by Nick Sullivan made this most enjoyable

What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

Having narrated many books, Nick Sullivan is a pro at what he does. The way he narrates matches the tone of the writing well.

If you could take any character from Spadework: A Collection of 'Nameless Detective' Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The Nameless Detective, of course. I'd love to talk with him about his cases over dinner.

Any additional comments?

I was new to the Nameless Detective series when I got this audiobook. Though I didn't know all the characters' backgrounds, it was still an enjoyable listen. The cases are all interesting and I ended up finishing this book in just 3 or 4 sittings.