A new stand-alone thriller by an acclaimed master of the genre and author of the Nameless Detective series.
Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards—a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field—along with rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition is on full display.
The Violated is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives—Martin Torrey’s wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles—until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. The Violated is Bill Pronzini at the height of his storytelling powers.
This book was okay. Just okay not great but also not bad.
As mentioned in the blurb it touches in the subject of rape so that may me a trigger to some readers.
This book also have multiple POV which I thought was great for this book and story.
The story was entertaining and kept me guessing while I was sitting on the edge of my chair.
The characters were good but some of them seemed a bit immature, which kind of took away from the overall thriller of the story.
While most of the book was entertaining, some f it was a bit predicable and others a bit too drawn out, which can slow it down. The overall pacing of the book was okay .
Overall I thought it was good and something you can enjoy if you like thrillers
I rate it 3 ★
*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*
Mystery Writers of America Awards “Grand Master” 2008
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1999) for Boobytrap
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) for A Wasteland of Strangers
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) for Sentinels
Shamus Awards “The Eye” (Lifetime achievment award) 1987
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1982) for Hoodwink.
Married to author Marcia Muller.
Robert Hart Davis (collaboration with Jeffrey M. Wallmann)
William Jeffrey (collaboration with Jeffrey M. Wallmann)