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A scintillating new thriller by one of the masters of the genre, following his Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America."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 hadA scintillating new thriller by one of the masters of the genre, following his Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America."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....

Title : The Other Side of Silence
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ISBN : 9780802717139
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Other Side of Silence Reviews

  • Glee
    2019-04-21 06:55

    This is first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I can't honestly remember how/why it ended up in my reading pile, probably Sacto Bee book reviews or NY Times best seller list.If you like mysteries, this author has a nice clean, simple style of writing. Light fare, but goes down easy. A good choice when you don't want to think too much, and are looking for a fairly quick read.Evidently he has done a series and I'll probably do those -- I really like getting to know characters/locales etc such as the Tony Hillerman series or even Sue Grafton (even lighter fare, but enjoyable).

  • Maddy
    2019-04-13 05:44

    PROTAGONIST: Rick FallonSETTING: Death Valley and Las VegasRATING: 3.5Rick Fallon has escaped from a marriage that was suffocating him to the core. Unlike his former wife, Geena, he has a high need to spend time with himself, to experience deep quietude. For him, the ultimate place to spend his life is the desert of Death Valley. In addition to its general lack of settlement, it offers a wide variety of settings, ranging from the dry, flat sands to hills and canyons that provide endless exploration possibilities. It's a place that allows him to recover from the haunting grief that he's experienced since the accidental death of his young son, Timmy. For Rick, the desert is a place of healing and hope, a place where life is simplified and manageable.One day while driving on a remote canyon road, he comes across an abandoned Toyota Camry. He finds a suicide note on the front seat. He feverishly searches the area for its author, Casey Dunbar, and finds her near death. She's totally distraught because her ex-husband, Court Spicer, has kidnapped their son, Kevin. Fallon commits to helping her out, not for any reasons of self interest, but because he can't turn away from Casey's need and Kevin's dangerous situation. Perhaps it's the fact that he can't help thinking of the loss of his own son.Rick works for a security firm and was also an MP in the military. He isn't a professional investigator, but he has all the natural instincts to do the job well. His investigation takes him out of the desert and to Las Vegas and its environs. It's a twisty tale, but Fallon gets to the bottom of what's going on. The resolution was not totally believable for me, but there were some nice surprises along the way.As usual, Pronzini handles the plot and characterization with a sure and steady hand. He doesn't rely on gimmicks or flashy narrative devices to tell the tale. The standout element for me was the lead character and his integrity. Although not at the level of some of his other standalones such as A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS, any book by Bill Pronzini is worth reading.

  • Bill
    2019-04-19 07:55

    Trying to recover from a recent divorce and the death of his young son three years before, former MP and now working security for a major California corporation, Rick Fallon finds solace and comfort in the desert – in Death Valley.Hiking and camping there he stumbles across an abandoned car and then sees the body of a woman, still barely alive not far away. Reviving and rescuing her, she tells him of her divorced husband kidnapping their young boy, of her desperate search for her son, and her despair not finding him.Fallon takes up her cause, as much for her as for her son, who reminds him of his dead boy, and then is plunged into the depths of Las Vegas gambling, potential violence, and murder.Grab your snacks, shut off your phone, and settle down for a page turning ride that will be with you weeks after you finish this masterpiece of suspense and mystery by one of America’s masters.

  • Ed
    2019-04-23 07:36

    I've read now at least three of Bill Pronzini's recent stand alones and came away a big fan of each. This latest hardcover from Walker concerns Rick Fallon, an ex-Army MP and security officer, who reminds me of the early Nameless Detective titles. The Other Side Silence takes place in Vegas, Death Valley, and San Diego. Great noirish story with a tender side, too.

  • Heather Shaw
    2019-04-11 23:31

    Started this one last night -- yes, right on the heals of the Benyon Rees novel. These are difficult times -- murder and mayhem help provide perspective. Anyway, from the very first page, I felt relief at being in the hands of a pro. There may be something to be said for authoring dozens of books. Pronzini's confidence in himself drives the characters and the scenery, allowing the reader to surrender, relax, enjoy the ride. So far, so good.Finished this last night at Reagan National -- left it sitting on a chair -- but not because it disappointed. On the contrary, hope someone else discovers this very competent author. Some nice touches too, like when the protagonist, who is not a professional PI, meets with one over a plate of corned beef and cabbage. Also really enjoyed the descriptions of the desert.

  • Theresa Leone Davidson
    2019-04-18 07:43

    This is my first novel by Pronzini, and I enjoyed it. It involves a man who works in the security business, still in mourning over the death of his son, who while on vacation meets a woman he saves from an attempted suicide. He learns that her son has been kidnapped and agrees to help find the boy, and while this sounds like a more or less routine thriller, there were some neat twists on the way to the ending. There were also quite a few quiet but beautifully crafted sentences and passages. "Above, the sky was powdered with moonlight and flecked with stars bright as crystal." Lovely, and the passages used to describe Death Valley in particular are also lovely. My first Pronzini novel but definitely not my last.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-25 03:28

    To say Pronzini writes "detective stories" is much like saying Hemingway wrote "travel and adventure" books. While the styles are different, Pronzini's prose is as lyrical and dense, and you come to know his protagonist well. The plots involve microcosms of the cosmic struggles faced by us all, without any false sentimentality or romanticizing. Not Euripides, but for a fun read with meat, you can't beat Pronzini.

  • james
    2019-04-10 02:28

    This is a short book about a recently divorced man who is back packing in Death Valley National Park one day, when he notices a woman who may be dead. She's not, but she's in bad shape due to dehydration and exposure. He manages to revive her, etc. Later it developes that this was a suicide attempt. She had wanted to end it all because her vile ex-husband had kidnapped their son and then disappeared.

  • Laura
    2019-04-23 04:26

    I guess this guy wrote 70 novels. I got half-way through this before I decided it was a complete waste of time. Stupid, stupid dialogue that seems totally fomulaic. Preposterous plot. Don't waste your time.

  • Deb
    2019-04-16 07:52

    I chose this book because it had one of its primary locations in Death Valley and I wanted to know more about it. Though the action begins there it soon moves into Las Vegas and other Nevada cities. It was a good mystery and kept me reading and guessing but it wasn't as well written as I'd hoped.

  • Erna
    2019-04-22 04:38

    Excellent story. It moves along quickly and the information about the desert is interesting.

  • Marca
    2019-04-04 04:52

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Lukasz Pruski
    2019-04-24 01:52

    "You could stay in one place all day, from dawn to dusk - Zabriskie Point, say, or the sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells - and with each ten-degree rise and fall of the sun, the colors of rocks and sand hills changed from dark rose to burnished gold, from chocolate brown to indigo and gray-black, with a spectrum of subtler shades in between."Bill Pronzini, winner of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, is mostly known for his "Nameless Detective" series. The Other Side of Silence (2008) is a non-series book, classified on the cover as "a novel of suspense." I find it a good read, if not remarkable. The clichéd plot and uninspired writing are balanced by the choice of Death Valley, one of the most magnificent places on Earth, as the locale of a significant portion of the plot.Rick Fallon, an ex-Army MP and a security specialist, spends vacations in his beloved Death Valley, far from the noise and madness of civilization. His wife left him after their little son had died in an accident. Traveling in the Warm Springs Canyon area he turns off the main road and in a secluded canyon comes across an empty passenger car. In the car there is a woman's suicide note, which mentions her missing son. Mr. Fallon locates the woman, close to death, and thanks to his military experience saves her life. It appears that her ex-husband kidnapped their son and his accomplice assaulted and raped her. Mr. Fallon, thinking about his dead son, decides to help the woman find her child.The case gets much more complicated and a murder occurs. The pursuit of the boy's captor takes Mr. Fallon from Death Valley to Las Vegas, then to Laughlin, San Diego, and finally Indio. A dramatic ending brings a major plot twist. Yet for me the locales of the plot are the most interesting aspect of the novel: my family and I have lived in San Diego for 35 years, and Death Valley is one of our most favorite locations: it is the place where we used to camp each spring for many, many years. The author manages to convey the sense of locations that I know so well.While the events happen fast the story is structured along predictable patterns and the reader will certainly anticipate some plot turns. One can find many cliché passages like:"The explosion rocked them both. Shock is one of the hardest things to fake; the open mouths and staring eyes were genuine."(How does the author know that they were genuine?) One will also find inexplicably numerous references to powerful Carl Zeiss 7X50 binoculars. I wonder why the website address where to buy the product is not provided. On the other hand, the beautiful cover picture showing the desolate yet magnificent stretch of California Highway 127 is worth mentioning.A good read despite clichés and commercials.Three stars.

  • Amcam
    2019-04-13 02:55

    Yet another recommendation from my father! I was not terribly excited/hopeful for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The protagonist, Rick Fallon, was appealing in his earnestness to do good in the world. he may be looking for redemption, but I don't feel that it was truly necessitated by the events with which he determined it. But, not my life! Fallon comes upon a woman near death on an excursion in the desert. He saves the woman's life, helps her track down her missing child, and saves her life again. A fairly decent amount of twists, of which I only figured out a couple before they were revealed. I would recommend this for adult readers, and mature YA readers. Well written with a nice epilogue!

  • Melanie
    2019-04-21 06:26

    The novel starts off great, with a newly divorced security officer Fallon looking to find his balance and to quiet his mind in the Death Valley. Alas, as with all Good Samaritans who never asks questions, the plot continues until as we all know happens, badly. Along the way, we meet wonderful sidekick Will and encounter a mixed bags plot. The thing is, this novel ended well despite all the absence of clues and the waiting around. Like a sandwich, we can forgive what is in the middle when we encounter good bread!

  • Naomi
    2019-04-04 00:47

    Rick Fallon after being divorced from his wife and the death of his young son, Timmy takes time off from his job and drives straight for Death Valley to help himself heal in the quiet of the desert. On his way he finds a deserted car in the valley and searches for the driver. He finally finds her almost dead and beaten up. Even though he is trying to heal himself, he decides to help her rather than call the police even though she has been beaten and raped. She is desperately seeking her own son who she says has been kidnapped by his father. As Rick continues to try and help her out, things get more confusing and dangerous. This is a quick read and holds your interest with a ending that you don't really expect.

  • Robin
    2019-04-17 03:47

    Terrific, as usual. I'll report when I finish.Update: This was an enjoyable quick read. It was one of Bill Pronizini's traditional stand-alone suspense/thrillers that reads like a house afire. The main character, newly divorced Fallon (interesting name, IMO, as much of the story takes place in Nevada/California and Fallon is the name of a town in northern Nevada), travels to a remote part of Death Valley where he finds a woman on the brink of death. He saves her life then finds out she was trying to kill herself because her ex-husband has taken her son and she had lost all hope of ever finding him again. She and Fallon travel to Las Vegas, Laughlin, and other areas searching the clues as to the whereabouts of the missing ex-husband and son. Bill provides his usual unexpected twist at the end and a great ending.What I love about Pronizini's works is the sense of place he gives each one. I love that area of California and Nevada and apparently he does, too. And for those of you who don't know, he is married to Marcia Muller, another great mystery writer whose latest book I'll be reviewing next. AND for another bit of trivia, their friends call them The Mulzinis. :-)

  • Sherrie
    2019-03-29 02:56

    This is the second book I've read from this author. It is just as good as the first one I read. Lots of characters to keep your interest. The mystery of Casey Dunbar's missing child, a murder, and intrigue all rolled into one book. Rick keeps running into obstacles while trying to find Casey's ex-husband, who kidnapped their son. Rick is trying to find him, but people keep giving him false info. He finds the ex-husband, but the boy is missing, as well as the mother. So Rick goes looking for them. He finds out the truth about Casey Dunbar and what she's been hiding. I didn't see this one coming. Great book!

  • Jovdb
    2019-04-17 02:39

    An interesting story about a mother, Casey, looking for her son who has been kidnapped by his father. She becomes despondent and tries to commit suicide. She is found by Fallon, a man trying to find the meaning in his life after his son dies and his marriage falls apart.Fallon agrees to help Casey look for her son and finds there is more to the story than she has told him.A tidy conclusion.

  • Ty
    2019-04-03 05:43

    I wanted short, fast-paced and action oriented, and that's what this was, no doubt.Thrilling? Exciting? I'm not so sure. The ending was a bit anti-climactic and nobody really felt like they were in much danger at any point, so it may not have been the best example of "suspense."But the writing was concise and still descriptive, especially of the settings. Worth a read if you need something between longer works, or for a day trip on the bus or something.

  • Jodyishappy
    2019-04-12 23:48

    This book did has some swearing, which I don't like, but not as much as some others tend to have. I really like the author's writing style. I like how he setup the book. It was easy to follow. I loved the beginning and the middle, but the reason it is only getting three stars is because I thought the ending was a bit of a let down.

  • Gretchen
    2019-04-06 03:39

    You have to hand it to Bill Pronzini. "Nameless" is gone and in his place, is a rugged PI type hero who loves the Grand Canyon. He comes upon an almost dead young lady, and in the familiar Pronzini style helps her through her troubles. Las Vegas is the center of some of the action, as well as Loughlin and San Diego. Nice to see the Grand Master still hard at work.

  • Josef Hernandez
    2019-04-05 04:51

    A mystery that is more over easy than hard boiledFor a full review, please go to or and follow me on Twitter @josenher

  • Margaret
    2019-04-19 06:34

    I was already a Bill Pronzini fan, but I would count this book as one of his best! It's an easy read, but very suspenseful and includes a little bit of an education about Death Valley and desert environs in general.

  • Shauna
    2019-04-08 07:28

    The one thing I will say I liked about this book is the authors imagery. He does have a way with words. But, the plot wasn't great I just couldn't get into it. So having said that I think I will try another one of his books soon maybe this was just one of the "bad ones."

  • Mary
    2019-04-15 02:36

    Excellent writing. I guess my low rating is due to the resolution, which is a too fast. On the other hand, it's a quick read and very suspenseful. Rick Fallon is hiking in his favorite place, the Mohave, when he finds a woman near death. Then the twists and turns begin!

  • Familia Lima
    2019-04-11 07:47

    I enjoyed this book!!! I didn't want to stop reading it and just wanted more!! Definitely a twist and different things kept coming to mind of would the outcome would be. But definitely was a great ending!! Great book!

  • Ashley
    2019-04-02 00:52

    Amazing book. I didn't expect it to turn out the way it did, but I'm so glad the story panned out to be a rather good ending.

  • Cindy S
    2019-04-20 00:38

    Appealing main character involved in helping a "lady in distress" - a few interesting twists and a good ending, makes for a good read.

  • Jan
    2019-03-29 03:27

    Quick read - refreshingly short!