I was snooping around the Internet when I discovered a new stand-alone Bill Pronzini novel due out later this year. The title: The Other Side of Silence. Release date: September 30, 2008. The description over at Amazon (see below) reminds me of Pronzini's wonderful Blue Lonesome—a novel that if you haven't read you should.
Blue Lonesome is a haunting tale about a man who attempts to discover the events that led to a woman's suicide. The mystery is top-notch, but is secondary to the rush of loneliness, sorrow, and humanity Pronzini successfully weaves into the narrative. It is an awesome novel. And one you should add to your library; but what Bill Pronzini shouldn't be on your bookshelf?
The description for The Other Side of Silence:
"When Geena finally left him and filed for divorce, Fallon put the Encino house up for sale and took the last two weeks of his vacation from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Liberty and drove straight to Death Valley. The desert country had a way of simplifying things. It cleansed your mind, allowed you to think clearly. Allowed you to breathe. The one place he truly belonged."
So opens Bill Pronzini's exciting new thriller. On his third day in the Valley, Rick Fallon comes upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon soon learns what had driven her to give up on life…and, his own life on hold, he resolves to unravel the twisted and dangerous strands of hers, a quest that leads him to the glitter-dome of Las Vegas among other locales. The result is a story as dramatic and memorable as anything Pronzini has written, reminiscent of his classics Blue Lonesome and A Wasteland of Strangers. In The Other Side of Silence, Bill Pronzini is indeed a Grand Master.