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DRIVE-BY
MONEY TROUBLE
MOVING TARGETS
THE NAKED EYE
THE NEBRASKA QUOTIENT
THINGS INVISIBLE



Drive-By
Copyright © 1995
by William J Reynolds
Ex Machina
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This is a mystery novel featuring witty writer, PI Nebraska, who teams up with an old army buddy to track down the people behind a gang-style slaying of his buddy's nephew. — from the publisher


Money Trouble
Copyright © 1990
by William J Reynolds
Ballantine
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Money Trouble is a joyful mystery, made so by Bill Reynolds' irrepressible sense of humor. — William X Kienzle, author of The Rosary Murders


Moving Targets
Copyright © 1987
by William J Reynolds
Ballantine
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The Nebraska Quotient
Copyright © 1986
by William J Reynolds
Ballantine
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Nebraska left the private-eye business for a reason, but apparently his ex-partner was never convinced. Why else would Morris Copel literally collapse through Nebraska's screen door at 4 a.m. on a sweltering Omaha night, soaking wet and sporting a gunshot wound that won't let him live for long? But before Copel can die on Nebraska's rug, he has one final gift for the ex-detective. A grimy envelope containing 4 strips of negatives featuring a girl wearing nothing but high heels. The catch? The girl is the daughter of a senator up for re-election. And she's not smiling. So Nebraska, never as hard-boiled as he'd hoped, gets back into the business. Despite the police's warnings. Despite the girl's lies. And despite the fact that he can practically smell the danger awaiting him around each and every bend. — from the publisher


The Naked Eye
Copyright © 1990
by William J Reynolds
Penguin USA
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The Omaha-based private eye of Reynolds's praised series, Nebraska, traces a runaway teenage boy to Minnesota. Persuading the youth to leave his rich seducer, Steve Dimand, and return to his parents, the detective considers the case closed. But attempts on Nebraska's life soon convince him that he has made an implacable enemy, backed by powerful forces. To protect himself and friends, who are endangered by their association with him, Nebraska goes incognito to investigate Dimand's business interests. The trail leads to the man's cousins, co-owners of a company that the detective suspects is a cover for shady dealings. It's a swamp that nearly swallows him whole, raising the reader's hackles with each disclosure of hideous crimes. The only drag on this action-packed story is its wordiness; otherwise it's a solid hit. — Publishers Weekly
Things Invisible
Copyright © 1989
by William J Reynolds
GP Putnam's Sons
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For some, life in the Midwest is peaceful and quiet. For others, like tough-talking and hard-boiled PI Nebraska, the routine task of finding a missing young woman brings some nasty surprises... — from the publisher

William J Reynolds is an exciting new mystery talent writing in the classic style. What more can you ask for? — Len Deighton

One of the most refreshing additions to the ranks of hardboiled detectives, Nebraska is a quick-witted, Chandleresque PI and part-time freelance writer, who eschews revealing his first name. The fourth adventure featuring this offbeat womanizer is an engrossing, well-crafted story with many bizarre twists. ... This classic-style mystery is top-notch entertainment. — Publishers Weekly

Take away the palm trees. Move Raymond Chandler to Nebraska. Stir in humor. And you have a recipe for William J Reynolds' modern murder mystery. — Los Angeles Times.

William J Reynolds provides hard-boiled detective fiction with a twist of self-deprecating humor, dangerously but deftly skirting parody without betraying the tough-guy tradition. You can hear Dick Powell or Humphrey Bogart or Robert Montgomery delivering the lines. Let's hope Nebraska doesn't get out of the business. — Washington Post Book World

... gritty ... fast-moving ... every bit as good as Elmore Leonard ... — Omaha World Herald

Nice, punchy stuff ... — Detroit News

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