Bill Pronzini

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Bill Pronzini
Born(1943-04-13) April 13, 1943 (age 70)
Pen nameWilliam Hart Davis, Jack Foxx, William Jeffrey & Alex Saxon
OccupationNovelist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityUnited States
GenresMystery
Spouse(s)Marcia Muller
 
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Bill Pronzini
Born(1943-04-13) April 13, 1943 (age 70)
Pen nameWilliam Hart Davis, Jack Foxx, William Jeffrey & Alex Saxon
OccupationNovelist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityUnited States
GenresMystery
Spouse(s)Marcia Muller

Bill Pronzini (born April 13, 1943) is an American writer of detective fiction. He is also an active anthologist, having compiled more than 100 collections, most of which focus on mystery, western, and science fiction short stories.[1]

Biography[edit]

William John Pronzini was born in Petaluma, California. He has been married three times. The first marriage was to Laura Patricia Adolphson (1965, divorced 1966); the second was to Brunhilde Schier (July 28, 1972, separated December 1985, divorced a couple of years later). He married mystery writer Marcia Muller in 1992. They have collaborated on three novels: Double (1984), a Nameless Detective novel, The Lighthouse (1987), Beyond the Grave (1986), and The Bughouse Affair as well as on numerous anthologies.[2]

Writing career[edit]

He published his first novel, The Stalker, in 1971. However, his best known works are the Nameless Detective series, which he began in 1971.[3] As of 2013, there are 42 books in the series, including a number of short stories. While the stories involve the usual range of crimes typical to mysteries, they depict relatively little violence.[citation needed]

Nameless Detective Novels[edit]

  1. The Snatch, Random House, (1971)
  2. The Vanished, Random House, (1973)
  3. Undercurrent, Random House, (1973)
  4. Blowback, Random House, (1977)
  5. Twospot, Putnam, (1978), (with Collin Wilcox)
  6. Labyrinth, St. Martin's, (1980)
  7. Hoodwink, St. Martin's, (1981)
  8. Scattershot, St. Martin's, (1982)
  9. Dragonfire, St. Martin's, (1982)
  10. Bindlestiff, St. Martin's, (1983)
  11. Casefile (short stories), St. Martin's, (1983)
  12. Quicksilver, St. Martin's, (1984)
  13. Nightshades, St. Martin's, (1984)
  14. Double, St. Martin's, (1984), (with Marcia Muller)
  15. Bones, St. Martin's, (1985)
  16. Deadfall, St. Martin's, (1986)
  17. Shackles, St. Martin's, (1988)
  18. Jackpot, Delacorte, (1990)
  19. Breakdown, Delacorte, (1991)
  20. Quarry, Delacorte, (1992)
  21. Epitaphs, Delacorte, (1992)
  22. Demons, Delacorte, (1993)
  23. Hardcase, Delacorte, (1995)
  24. Spadework (short stories), Crippen & Landru, (1996)
  25. Sentinels, Carroll & Graf, (1996)
  26. Illusions, Carroll & Graf, (1997)
  27. Boobytrap, Carroll & Graf, (1998)
  28. Crazybone, Carroll & Graf, (2000)
  29. Bleeders, Carroll & Graf, (2002)
  30. Spook, Carroll & Graf, (2003)
  31. Scenarios (short stories), Forge Books, (2005)
  32. Nightcrawlers, Forge Books, (2005)
  33. Mourners, Forge Books, (2006)
  34. Savages, Forge Books, (2007)
  35. Fever, Forge Books, (2008)
  36. Schemers, Forge Books, (2009)
  37. Betrayers, Forge Books, (2010)
  38. Camouflage, Forge Books, (2011)
  39. Hellbox, Forge Books, (2012)
  40. Kinsmen, (novella), Cemetery Dance Publications, (2012)
  41. Femme, (novella), Cemetery Dance Publications, (2012)
  42. Nemesis, Forge Books, 2013

Novels[edit]

  1. The Stalker (1971)
  2. Panic (1972)
  3. The Jade Figurine (1972)
  4. Snowbound (1974)
  5. Dead Run (1975)
  6. Freebooty (1976)
  7. Games (1976)
  8. The Running of Beasts (1976) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  9. Acts of Mercy (1977) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  10. Wildfire (1978)
  11. Night Screams (1979) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  12. A Killing in Xanadu (1980)
  13. Prose Bowl (1980)
  14. The Cambodia File (1981)
  15. Masques (1981)
  16. Duel at Gold Buttes (1981)
  17. Border Fever (1983)
  18. Day of the Moon (1983)
  19. The Gallows Land (1983)
  20. The Eye (1984) (with John Lutz)
  21. Starvation Camp (1984)
  22. The Lighthouse (1986) (with Marcia Muller)
  23. The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran (1987)
  24. Firewind (1989)
  25. The Hangings (1989)
  26. With an Extreme Burning (aka The Tormentor) (1994)
  27. Blue Lonesome (1995)
  28. A Wasteland of Strangers (1997)
  29. Nothing But the Night (1999)
  30. In an Evil Time (2001)
  31. Step to the Graveyard Easy (2002)
  32. The Alias Man (2004)
  33. The Crimes of Jordan Wise (2006)
  34. The Other Side of Silence (2008)
  35. The Hidden (2010)
  36. Nemesis (2013)

Carpenter and Quincannon Novels[edit]

  1. Quincannon (1985)
  2. Beyond the Grave (1986) (with Marcia Muller)
  3. Carpenter and Quincannon: Professional Detective Services (1998)
  4. Quincannon's Game (2005)
  5. The Bughouse Affair (2013) (with Marcia Muller)
  6. The Spook Lights Affair (2013) (with Marcia Muller)

Short Story Collections[edit]

  1. Graveyard Plots (1985)
  2. Small Felonies (1988)
  3. The Best Western Stories of Bill Pronzini (1991)
  4. Stacked Deck (1991)
  5. Criminal Intent 1 (1993)
  6. Carmody's Run (A Short Novel Plus Three) (1993)
  7. Duo (1998) (with Marcia Muller)
  8. Sleuths (1999)
  9. Oddments (2000)
  10. More Oddments (2001)
  11. All the Long Years (Western Stories) (2001)
  12. Problems Solved (2003) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  13. Burgade's Crossing (2003)
  14. On Account of Darkness and Other SF Stories (2004) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  15. Coyote and Quarter-Moon (2006)
  16. Crucifixion River (Western Stories) (2007) (with Marcia Muller)
  17. Dago Red (2010)

As William Hart Davis[edit]

  1. Charlie Chan in The Pawns of Death (2002) (with Jeffrey Wallmann)
  2. Charlie Chan in The Temple of the Golden Horde (2002)

As Jack Foxx[edit]

  1. The Jade Figurine (1972)
  2. Incident in Three Crossings (1974) (Short Story)
  3. Dead Run (1975)
  4. Freebooty (1976)
  5. Wildfire (1978)

As William Jeffrey[edit]

  1. Duel at Gold Buttes (1981) (with Jeffrey Wallmann)
  2. Border Fever (1983) (with Jeffrey Wallmann)
  3. Day of the Moon (1983) (with Jeffrey Wallmann)

As Alex Saxon[edit]

  1. A Run in Diamonds (1973)
  2. The Dying Time (1999)

NonFiction[edit]

  1. Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the Worst in Mystery Fiction (1982)
  2. 1001 Midnights (1986) (with Marcia Muller)
  3. Son of Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to More of the "Worst" in Mystery Fiction (1987)
  4. Six Gun in Cheek: An Affectionate Guide to the "Worst" in Western Fiction (1997)

Anthologies[edit]

  1. Tricks and Treats (1976) (with Joe Gores)
  2. Midnight Specials (1977)
  3. Mystery Writers' Choice (1977) (with Joe Gores)
  4. Dark Sins, Dark Dreams: Crime in Science Fiction (1978) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  5. The End of Summer: Science Fiction of the Fifties (1979) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  6. Shared Tomorrows (1979) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  7. Night Screams (1979) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  8. Werewolf! (1979)
  9. Bug-Eyed Monsters (1980) (with Barry N Malzberg)
  10. The Edgar Winners (1980)
  11. Voodoo! (1980)
  12. Mummy! A Chrestomathy of Cryptology (1980)
  13. The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  14. Creature!: A Chrestomathy of Monstery (1981)
  15. Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  16. The Arbor House Necropolis (1981)
  17. The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  18. The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1982) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  19. Specter! (1982)
  20. Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps (1983)
  21. The Web She Weaves (1983) (with Marcia Muller)
  22. The Mystery Hall of Fame: An Anthology of Classic Mystery and Suspense Stories Selected by Mystery Writers of America (1984)
  23. The Western Hall of Fame: An Anthology of Classic Western Stories Selected by the Western Writers of America (1984) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  24. Child's Ploy (1984) (with Marcia Muller)
  25. The Outlaws (1984)
  26. The Reel West (1984) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  27. Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984) (with Marcia Muller)
  28. 13 Short Mystery Novels (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  29. Chapter and Hearse (1985) (with Marcia Muller)
  30. The Cowboys (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  31. The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  32. The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (1985)
  33. Dark Lessons: Crime And Detection On Campus (1985) (with Marcia Muller)
  34. She Won the West (1985) (with Marcia Muller)
  35. The Warriors (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  36. Deadly Arts (1985) (with Marcia Muller)
  37. The Second Reel West (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  38. Murder in the First Reel (1985) (Martin H Greenberg & Charles G Waugh)
  39. Wickedest Show on Earth (1985) (with Marcia Muller)
  40. Women Sleuths (1985) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  41. Mystery in the Mainstream: An Anthology of Literary Crimes (1986) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  42. Tales of the Dead (1986)
  43. Great Modern Police Stories (1986)
  44. Railroaders (1986) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  45. Steamboaters (1986) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  46. The Third Reel West (1986) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  47. The Cattlemen (1986) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  48. Tales of Mystery (1986)
  49. 101 Mystery Stories (1986)
  50. Wild Westerns (1986)
  51. Prime Suspects (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  52. Manhattan Mysteries (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
  53. Horse Soldiers (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  54. Uncollected Crimes (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  55. Suspicious Characters (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  56. The Gunfighters (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  57. 13 Short Detective Novels (1987) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  58. Criminal Elements (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  59. Cloak and Dagger: A Treasury of 35 Great Espionage Stories (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  60. The Texans (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  61. Best of the West: Stories That Inspired Classic Western Films (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  62. Homicidal Acts (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  63. Felonious Assaults (1989) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  64. Kill or Cure: Suspense Stories About the World of Medicine (1989) (with Marcia Muller)
  65. More Wild Westerns (1989)
  66. Californians (1989) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  67. The Arizonans (1989)
  68. Deadly Doings (1989)
  69. Best of the West 3: More Stories That Inspired Classic Western Films (1990)
  70. The Northerners (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  71. The Best of the West II: The Stories That Inspired Classic Western Films (1990)
  72. The Northwesterners (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  73. Christmas Out West (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  74. Crime and Crime Again: Unexpected Mystery Stories by the World's Great Writers (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  75. Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (1991)
  76. A Treasury of Civil War Stories (1991) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  77. A Treasury of World War II Stories (1991)
  78. Combat!: Great Tales of World War II (1992) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  79. Night Freight (1992)
  80. Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (1994) (with Martin H Greenberg & Barry N Malzberg)
  81. Great Tales of the West (1994) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  82. Hard-boiled (1994) (with Jack Adrian)
  83. A Century of Mystery: 1980-1989 (1997) (with Marcia Muller)
  84. Giant Book of Private Eye Stories (1997) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  85. Giant Book of Short Crime Stories (1997) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  86. Giant Book of War Stories (1997) (with Martin H Greenberg)
  87. Detective Duos (1997) (with Marcia Muller)
  88. Duo (1998) (with Marcia Muller)
  89. Heading West (1999)
  90. Pure Pulp (1999) (with Ed Gorman)

Short stories[edit]

Pronzini has written more than three hundred short stories appearing in publications, including the some of the last issues of both Adventure and Argosy magazines, generally considered the first American pulp magazines. Pronzini's work also appeared in Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology.[3]

The 1890s Western detective short story "Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services" (1998) centers on Sabina Carpenter, a Pinkerton detective widow working in her fallen husband's profession.

Awards[edit]

Pronzini has received a large number of awards and award nominations for achievement in the Mystery genre.

His début novel The Stalker was nominated for the 1972 Edgar Award in the "Best First Mystery Novel" category.[4] Pronzini then won the inaugural Shamus Award for "Best Private Eye Novel" in 1982 for his novel Hoodwink.[5] The following year, he was nominated for his second Edgar Award, this time in the "Best Critical or Biographical" listings for Gun in Cheek.[6] The next year, 1984, Pronzini won his first award for a short-story, winning the "Best Private Eye Short Story" Shamus Award for "Cat's Paw" and Bones was nominated for the "Best Private Eye Novel" Shamus in 1986.[5] In 1987, Pronzini was awarded "The Eye", the Shamus award for "Lifetime Achievement" in the mystery genre, the highest accolade awarded.[5] The same year, Pronzini received his first Macavity Award for his Critical Work 1001 Midnights, along with Marcia Muller; following this with a win in the same category in the following year for Son of Gun in Cheek.[7]

1989 brought a nomination at the 1989 Anthony Award for "Best Novel", Shackles; and another Shamus nomination for short-story "Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern".[8] Another two short-story nominations at the Shamus Awards followed, for "Here Comes Santa Claus" in 1990 and "Home is the Place Where" in 1996, the year in which his novel Blue Lonesome was nominated for the "Best Novel" 1996 Anthony Award.[5][8] The next year, Sentinels received a "Best Novel" nomination at the 1997 Shamus Awards; the year after A Wasteland of Strangers won Pronzini's only "Best Novel" Edgar Award for Boobytrap, which also won the Shamus Award in the same category in 1999.[5][9] "The Big Bite" in 2001 and "Devil's Brew" in 2007 were both Shamus Award "Best Private Eye Short Story" nominees; followed by his latest recognition for "Best Novel" nominee Schemers, in 2010.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Authors and Creators: Bill Pronzini". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ DeAndrea, William. "Pronzini, Bill" in Encyclopedia Mysteriosa. MacMillan, 1994 (p.285-6).
  3. ^ a b Edward D. Hoch, "Pronzini, Bill" in Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, edited by James Vinson and D. L. Kirkpatrick. St. James Press, 1985. pp. 735-39.
  4. ^ "Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Best Critical or Biographical Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Best Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012.