I just started Bill Pronzini's new standalone, The Violated. I'm not reviewing it until I finish, but I'm sailing through it. It's obvious why he's a Grand Master. In the opening scene, a man is found murdered, a sex offender whose presence and discovery in a California town has upset everyone. He was suspected of four rapes before his death, but none of the women identified him. Pronzini tells the story from the viewpoints of the police chief, the mayor, the wife of the victim, the rape victims, the investigating detective. It moves quickly, and as skillfully between perspectives as you would expect from Pronzini. Terrific book so far.
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