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Publication Order of Nameless Detective Books

The Snatch (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanished (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undercurrent (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blowback (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twospot (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Labyrinth (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodwink (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scattershot (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragonfire (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bindlestiff (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quicksilver (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightshades (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double (With: Marcia Muller) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadfall (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shackles (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jackpot (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakdown (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quarry (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epitaphs (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demons (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcase (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sentinels (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illusions (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boobytrap (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazybone (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bleeders (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spook (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightcrawlers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mourners (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savages (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fever (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schemers (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayers (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Camouflage (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hellbox (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nemesis (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vixen (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zigzag (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endgame (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nameless Detective Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Nameless Detective Collections

Publication Order of John Quincannon Books

with Marcia Muller
Quincannon (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Grave (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quincannon's Game (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Books

with Marcia Muller
The Bughouse Affair (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spook Lights Affair (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body Snatchers Affair (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Plague of Thieves Affair (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dangerous Ladies Affair (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bags of Tricks Affair (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flimflam Affair (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stolen Gold Affair (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paradise Affair (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Collections

Carpenter & Quincannon, Professional Detective Services (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quincannon's Game (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Charlie Chan Books

Charlie Chan in The Pawns of Death (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Academy Mystery Books

with Martin H. Greenberg
Police Procedurals (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Locked Room Puzzles (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oxman and Tobin Mysteries Books

with John Lutz
The Eye (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadowtown (By: John Lutz) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Stalker (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panic! (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jade Figurine (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowbound / Games (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Run (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Games (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Running of Beasts (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freebooty (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Acts of Mercy (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wildfire (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
A killing in Xanadu (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prose Bowl (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duel at Gold Buttes (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cambodia File (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masques (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Border Fever (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Moon (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gallows Land (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starvation Camp (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lighthouse (With: Marcia Muller) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firewind (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hangings (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carmody's Run (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
With an Extreme Burning (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Lonesome (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wasteland of Strangers (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing But the Night (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Long Years (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
In an Evil Time (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Step to the Graveyard Easy (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alias Man (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crimes of Jordan Wise (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Side of Silence (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hidden (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Violated (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give-A-Damn Jones (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Cat’s Paw (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Comes Santa Claus (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Is The Place Where (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Bite (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Brew (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pumpkin (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Best Western Stories of Steve Frazee (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graveyard Plots (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Felonies (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Western Stories of Frank Bonham (With: Frank Bonham) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Western Stories of Bill Pronzini (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacked Deck (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Western Stories of Les Savage, Jr. (With: Les Savage Jr.) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleuths (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Problems Solved (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burgade's Crossing (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Account of Darkness and Other Stories (With: Barry N. Malzberg) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coyote and Quarter-Moon (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucifixion River (With: Marcia Muller) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dago Red (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Felonies 2 (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of New Frontiers Collection Books

with Martin H. Greenberg
New Frontiers, Vol. 1 (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Frontiers, Vol. 2 (With: Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Gun in Cheek (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
1001 Midnights (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Son of Gun in Cheek (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Gun In Cheek (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Wondermakers 2(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Corruption(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arena: Sports Science Fiction(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Writers' Choice 1977(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Specials(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Sins, Dark Dreams(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Werewolf!(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of Summer(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Screams(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shared Tomorrows(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chrysalis 5(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chrysalis 6(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voodoo(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mummy!(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Edgar Winners(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Worlds Volume 2(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Malicious Little Mysteries(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Necropolis(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book Of Horror Stories(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alfred Hitchcock's Borrowers of the Night(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Web She Weaves(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baker's Dozen(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Western Hall of Fame(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child's Ploy(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outlaws(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reel West(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Brew(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 Short Mystery Novels(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eyes Have It(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Hall of Fame(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chapter and Hearse(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cowboys(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Lessons(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Won the West(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warriors(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Arts(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Reel West(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the First Reel(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wickedest Show on Earth(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows 8(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Police Procedurals(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ethnic Detectives(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halloween Horrors(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Mystery(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoth Book of Short Crime Novels(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Dead(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cattlemen(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Railroaders(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mean Streets(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Steamboaters(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Modern Police Stories(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Reel West(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Mainstream(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
101 Mystery Stories(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Westerns(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prime Suspects(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horse Soldiers(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncollected Crimes(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suspicious Characters(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattan Mysteries(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 Short Detective Novels(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gunfighters(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady on the Case(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cloak and Dagger(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Texans(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of the West(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homicidal Acts(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Elements(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoth Book of World War II Stories(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill or Cure(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Californians(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Felonious Assaults(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arizonans(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Wild Westerns(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Doings(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistletoe Mysteries(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Northwesterners(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime and Crime Again(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Northerners(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of the West 2(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of the West III(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Out West(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Great Detectives, Or, the Detective Directory(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Treasury of World War II Stories(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Treasury of Civil War Stories(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Montanans(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Combat!(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Western Stories of Ed Gorman(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Crimes 2(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Intent(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of the West(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardboiled(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torture Trek and Eleven Other Action-Packed Stories of the Wild West(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gunfight!(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1995(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Mystery(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of War Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giant Book of Short Crime Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective Duos(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Private Eye Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1997(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pure Pulp(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of the American West II(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Irreconcilable Differences(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crafty Cat Crimes(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oddments(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Oddments(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Wanted(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World\\\'s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: 4(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Noir 2(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters of Horror and the Supernatural(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers VII(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Anniversaries(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bill Pronzini is a well known American author who likes to write his novels based on the Mystery and Thriller genres. He was born on April 13, 1943 in Petaluma, California in the United States. He was an avid reader right from his childhood days and was fascinated by his grandfather’s mystery and science fiction digest at the age of 12. After that he used to frequently purchase second hand pulp magazines from the bookstores in San Francisco and seemed intrigued by their stories. In a few years, Bill was able to collect around 3000 pulp magazines. When he completed his studies at the junior college, Bill began working as a newsstand clerk, sports reporter, car-park attendant, plumbing supply salesman, office typist, and a warehouseman. Bill also served as a part time civilian guard for transporting prisoners, for a U.S. Marshall. Apart from the mystery and thriller novels, Bill also likes to write novels on the Science Fiction, Literature and Fantasy themes. Bill is particularly famous for his works in detective fiction and is famous for writing down the Nameless Detective series of novels. Other than being a novelist, he is also an anthologist and has compiled over 100 collections, many of which are based on the western, science fiction and mystery stories.

Throughout his writing career, Bill has used a number of pseudonyms for writing different categories of novels. Some of his pen names include Jack Foxx, Alex Saxon, William Hart Davis, Brett Halliday, Romer Zane Grey and William Jeffrey. Bill was born as William John Pronzini. He has married 3 times in his life, firstly with Laura Patricia in the year 1965, whom he divorced after one year. Second time Bill married Brunhilde Schier in the year 1972. The two got separated in the year 1985 and eventually got divorced. In the end, Bill married Marcia Muller for the final time in his life, who herself is a mystery writer. Their marriage took place in the year 1992 and the two of them are still living together happily. Bill has collaborated with Marcia on 4 novels from 1984 to 2015 as well as on a number of anthologies. Author Bill Pronzini began his writing career in the year 1971 with his first novel, The Stalker. During the same Bill began writing his most famous work, the Nameless Detective series. Since then, Bill has written and published around 42 books in the series as well as several short stories. The unique feature of the series is that although it depicts the typical criminal mysteries, the amount of violence depicted in the novels of the series is quite less. As the short stories are concerned, Bill has written more than 300 of the. Many of his published short stories have featured in Argosy and Adventure magazines, which are considered as the first pulp magazines of America. The prosperous career of Bill Pronzini as an author has allowed him to receive many prestigious awards and nominations for his achievements in the mystery genre. His first novel was nominated for the Edgar Award in the year 1972 for being the Best First Mystery Novel. In the year 1982, he won the first Shamus Award in the Best Private Eye Novel category. Then he was also nominated for the Edgar Award in the following year in the category of Best Biographical or Critical listings. During the next year, Bill won the Shamus Award for his short story Cat’s Paw in the category of Best Private Eye Short Story, and another short story called Bones was also nominated for the same award in the year 1986. In the year 1987, Bill won the Lifetime Achievement Shamus Award called The Eye in the mystery genre. This is considered to be the highest accolade to be awarded in the mystery genre. In the same year, Bill and Marcia together won their first Macavity Award in the Critical Work category for their collaboration novel 1001 Midnights. They also won the same award in the same category for their other novel Son of Gun in Cheek in the year 1988.

Bill won the Anthony Award and a nomination for the Shamus Award in the year 1989. He was also awarded the Grand Prix de Literature Award in the same year. These were followed by a number of other nominations and awards such as the Anthony Award, the Edgar Award and the Shamus Award in the following years up to 2010. Because of his unique style of writing mysteries, Bill was considered as a master of the genre. He seems to have touched every form of mystery in his writings, including the locked-room mysteries, noirish thrillers, adventure novels, historicals, men’s action and spy capers. Other than his wife Marcia, Bill has also collaborated with a few of his fellow authors such as Barry Walhberg, John Lutz and Colin Wilcox. Bill’s non-fiction works are also quite effective to earn him a place in the Hall of Fame of the Private Investigator genre. The novels written by Bill have been translated into a number of languages and have been published in more than 30 countries all over the world. Apart from being an expert mystery writer, Bill Pronzini is also an avid reader and editor. He has edited around 80 short stories in his 20 year career. He was hoping to end his famous Nameless Detective series after the 26th novel was published, as he felt that he had written enough novels for the series. However, he received an exciting offer from a publisher and he could not refuse it. Hence, he continued with the series. In the early 1970s, Bill used to travel to Europe and has resided in West Germany and Majorca or a short while. As of today, Bill lives happily in San Francisco along with his wife Marcia Muller.

One of the novel series written by Bill is the John Quincannon series, which consists of 3 novels published between the year 1985 and 2005. The series deals with the 19th century private eye named John Quincannon from San Francisco, California. The first novel of the series was published in the year 1985 by the Ballantine Books publishing house and was titled ‘Quincannon’. The opening plot of the novel shows Secret Service agent John Quincannon as trying to recover from his grief in which he had killed a young woman and her unborn child with his stray bullet. However, he seems to have found some joy in his life. He is asked to go on a mission to destroy a counterfeiting ring which was responsible for the killing one of his colleagues. He has tried hard to come out of his grief and stay sober for the mission. However, he is required to deal with another woman who reminds him of his last victim. The second novel of the series was titled ‘Beyond the Grave’. It was published in the year 1986 by the Carroll & Graf publishing house. The plot of the novel deals with the investigations of detective John Quincannon and the Chicana sleuth named Elena Oliverez, who seems to an amateur in the profession. The novel shows the mystery of San Francisco, which is prevailing from 1894 up to 1986. The novel is very well written by the collaborative effort of Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller.

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