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Bill Pronzini

Bill Pronzini, whose latest novel is “The Violated,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.

Bill Pronzini has written over eighty books, including several in the Nameless Detective series of noir novels, as well as many stand-alone novels, short story collections and anthologies. His most recent novel, “The Violated” is the story of how a series of rapes affects a small Northern California city. His next Nameless Detective novel, “End Game,” comes out in June 2017. He is also the author of several solo and collaborative detective novels set in the old West and featuring a character named Quincannon, and science fiction novels and short stories co-authored with Barry Malzberg. Bill Pronzini is also the author of three books in the “Gun in Cheek” series, which examines writing so bad it’s good — what he calls “alternative classics.”

In this career-spanning interview, Bill Pronzini discusses his two 2017 novels as well as his history as a working writer.

Back in the 1980s, Bill Pronzini occasionally served as guest co-interviewer and reviewer on KPFA’s
“Probabilities” radio program. He is married to the noted mystery author Marcia Muller, with whom he has sometimes collaborated. A shorter version of this interview was heard on KPFA’s Bookwaves program.

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