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Title:
The stolen gold affair
ISBN:
9781250216489
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
224 pages ; 22 cm.
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Publisher Annotation: In response to a string of gold thefts in a Mother Lode mine, Quincannon goes undercover as a newly-hired miner to identify and capture the men responsible. Meanwhile, Sabina finds herself not only making plans for her and Quincannon’s wedding, but also investigating both an audacious real estate scam and an abusive young man's villainous secret. Carpenter and Quincannon mystery series, 224pp., 15K
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Summary

The Stolen Gold Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.

In response to a string of gold thefts in a Mother Lode mine, Quincannon goes undercover as a newly-hired miner to identify and capture the men responsible.

Meanwhile, Sabina finds herself not only making plans for her and Quincannon's wedding, but also investigating both an audacious real estate scam and an abusive young man's villainous secret.

The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair
#7 The Flimflam Affair
#8 The Stolen Gold Affair


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)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in 1898, MWA Grand Master Pronzini's delightful eighth Carpenter and Quincannon mystery (after 2019's The Flimflam Affair) opens with a meeting at an exclusive San Francisco club between private detective John Quincannon and Everett Hoxley, "the head of a large corporation that owned several gold and silver mines in northern California and Nevada." Hoxley hires Quincannon to go undercover as a miner in one of his mines in order to discover who has been stealing significant amounts of ore and gold dust. Meanwhile, shop assistant Gretchen Kantor tells Sabina Carpenter, Quincannon's detective partner, about a possible break-in at the home of her friend Vernon Purifoy. Soon an incensed Purifoy shows up demanding that Carpenter stay out of his affairs. "In her experience that sort of heavy-handed protest meant the individual had something to hide," so she pursues some undercover work of her own. Attractive characters, a finely tuned plot, and fascinating snippets of California history distinguish this outing. Who could ask for more? Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Apr.)


Library Journal Review

In this eighth title in the "Carpenter & Quincannon" historical mystery series from MWA Grand Master Pronzini, set in the late 1800s, John Quincannon is working undercover as a miner to discover who's stealing gold from a Mother Lode mine. Meanwhile, fiancée Sabrina Carpenter scrutinizes a real-estate scam while planning their wedding.