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Title:
The hidden : a novel of suspense
ISBN:
9780792773870
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Unabridged.
Publication Information:
North Kingstown, RI : AudioGo : Sound Library, p2010.
Physical Description:
6 sound discs (6 hr. 40 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.
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Summary

Summary

A series of seemingly random murders have been happening along a fifty mile stretch of the rugged northern California coast, committed by an unknown dubbed the Coastline Killer. A young couple with marital problems, Shelby and Jay Macklin, decide to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's at a friend's remote coastal cottage. Two couples in a neighboring home, whose relationships are thick with festering menace, and a fierce winter storm lead to a night of unrelenting terror. These are the main ingredients in Bill Pronzini's chilling and twist-filled tale about the hidden nature of crime and its motives.


Author Notes

Bill Pronzini was born in Petaluma, California on April 13, 1943. His first novel, The Stalker, was published in 1971. He is best known for his creation of the Nameless Detective Mystery series, as well as several westerns and novels of dark suspense. He has been a full time writer since 1969. He is also an active anthologist, having compiled more than 100 collections, most of which focus on mystery, western, and science fiction short stories.

He has won numerous awards including three Shamus Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Mystery Writers of America. His book Snowbound received the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere, as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. Pronzini has established himself as a master of the Western novel as well as earning a name for himself in the dark fiction genre.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Pronzini, best known for his praise-worthy 40-year-old Nameless Private Eye series, this time opts for an oddly bland stand-alone thriller that benefits considerably from Nick Sullivan's dramatic interpretation. The plot involves a sad sack with a weak heart named Jay Macklin who tries to rekindle his stone-cold marriage with a romantic getaway-where he and his unenthusiastic wife encounter a torrential storm, a power failure in their not so cozy cottage, a neighboring couple at each other's throats, and the Coastline Killer, a nutjob ex-Army sniper bumping off those he believes are disrespecting the environment. With intensity, sensitivity, and a demonstration of vocal dexterity, Sullivan adds needed depth to the author's shallow characterizations. There are even moments in which he moves so effortlessly from voice to voice that the reading takes on the aspect of a classic radio drama with a full cast. A Walker hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.