"When Geena left him and filed for divorce, the first two things Fallon did were to put the Encino house up for sale and then take a six weeks' leave of absence from Unidyne. Then he loaded the Jeep Cherokee and drove straight to Death Valley...The desert country had a way of simplifying things, reducing life to an elemental and much more tolerable level. It cleansed your mind, allowed you to think clearly. Allowed you to breathe. It was in his blood; it kept calling him back. The one place he truly belonged." So opens Bill Pronzini's exciting new thriller. On his third day in the Valley, Fallon came upon a deserted Toyota Camry, and soon thereafter, the almost-dead body of Casey Dunbar. Having rescued her, Fallon gradually discovers what had driven her to give up on life...and, his own life on hold, resolves to unravel the twisted strands of hers. The result is a story as dramatic and memorable as anything Bill Pronzini has written, reminiscent of his classics Blue Lonesome or A Wasteland of Strangers. In The Other Side of Silence, Bill Pronzini shows why the Mystery Writers of America are awarding him the title of Grand Master.