When Nameless is hired by Cory Beckett, a beautifulyoung woman who claims to be a model, to find her missing brother, Kenneth, itseems to be a routine matter. Kenneth has fled San Francisco in a drug-inducedpanic to avoid trial on a charge of stealing a valuable necklace from thealcoholic wife of the man for whom he works, wealthy yachtsman Andrew Vorhees.When agency operative Jake Runyon locates and questions the frightened youngman, Cory’s motives come into question and the case takes on darkly sinistercomplexities.
Cory lied to Nameless about her livelihood, herrelationship with Vorhees, her brother’s alleged drug use, and the nature ofhis alleged crime. Not only is she Andrew Vorhees’ mistress, Cory has a secretsecond lover, factory owner Frank Chaleen, with whom she conspired to frameKenneth. This bizarre sibling betrayal is part of a diabolical plan thatreveals her to be a deadly, designing woman who will stop at nothing to achieveher warped desires.
A series of twists and turns drive the story to atruly shocking climax, for not until then do the detectives realize howdevilish Cory Beckett really is, a femme fatale who has brought something newto the species—new, and terrible.
Bill Pronzini’s Vixen is the latest in theNameless Detective series, the longest-running PI series currently in print.