Bill Pronzini has been nominated for, or won, every prize offered to crime fiction writers, including the 2008 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It is no wonder, then, that Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine said of him: "Complexity of characterization, puzzle, and theme support the case for Pronzini as the finest American detective novelist in current practice."
The Nameless Detective is the protagonist in his long-running mystery series set in the San Francisco area. The first novel, The Snatch, was published in 1971.
Pronzini has written more than three hundred short stories appearing in publications, including the some of the last issues of both Adventure and Argosy magazines, generally considered the first American pulp magazines. Pronzini's work also appeared in Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology.
He lives and writes in California, with his wife, the crime novelist Marcia Muller.