Bill Pronzini is a giant of the modern mystery writing genre and his Nameless Detective series is virtually required reading for any fan of hardboiled detective fiction. The Nameless Detective series is set in San Francisco with the detective proving to be a master at figuring out all types of mysteries with the early books in the series featuring all manner of impossible/locked room type murders.
But he is far more than simply the author of a single series of hardboiled detective stories. He is also responsible for a second series featuring a character named John Quincannon which he co-authors with his wife, Marcia Muller. Add to this an impressively large catalog of stand alone books that are written under his own names as well as a raft of pseudonyms.
In 2008 he was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America for his contribution to the industry.