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The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery | [Bill Pronzini]

The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery

The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?
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Publisher's Summary

The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

Murder anonymous: solve another case with the Nameless Detective.

©1982 by the Pronzini-Muller Family Trust. All rights reserved. (P)2011 BBC Audiobooks

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    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 02-05-12
    Nicolette Irene, South Africa 02-05-12 Member Since 2011

    An audible addict:)

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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about The Booktaker?

    A good mystery - well written


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Character voices


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A theft you will not imagine


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Fountain Valley, CA, United States 12-29-11
    Doug Fountain Valley, CA, United States 12-29-11
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    "Weak writing and weaker reading"
    Would you try another book from Bill Pronzini and/or Nick Sullivan?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Pronzini’s story?

    The writing was clumsy, not up to modern standards for genre prose. Not quite in the category of


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading was monotone, giving none of the


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Booktaker?

    The detective's off-duty time was neither interesting nor enlightening.


    Any additional comments?

    The title is a bit misleading. While the subject matter is thefts from a bookstore, it's thefts of rare maps, etchings, etc., not books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 12-20-11
    Raymond 12-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Kinda 'cutsie' fun."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a short story, nothing dramatic with twisted deceptions, so it was fun for a couple of hours.


    What could Bill Pronzini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe the characters went unnoticed, I lost interest in finding the thief.


    What three words best describe Nick Sullivan’s voice?

    Bold Overstated Pass


    Could you see The Booktaker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Forget it. Neither Movie nor TV would this story be... not enough 'what the' and it's not about gore or sex or disaster. The stars wouldn't do it anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    It was light entertainment for a couple of hours audio, but the story fell into cliches with a predictable ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    01-23-12
    01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery with a twist at the end"
    Where does The Booktaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an interesting, quick read that really held my interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Booktaker?

    I read a lot of police procedurals and this one made me concentrate and think. I liked the end a lot. Ended with action and wit.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice. Many sale books have mediocre narrators but Mr. Sullivan was very easy on the ears.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It was the best short story or novella that I have listened to in a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    I will gladly listen to this author again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sanford, MI, United States 01-23-12
    Mary Sanford, MI, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Bill Pronzini"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A fun to listen to Nameless vignette.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No response.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Nick Sullivan's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CompuDoc San Francisco, Ca USA 12-04-11
    CompuDoc San Francisco, Ca USA 12-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Classically structured mystery"
    What did you like best about The Booktaker? What did you like least?

    This is a classic mystery with clear clues along the way leading to a conclusion that you might reasonably be able to figure out before you get to the final paragraph. For example, I thought in the early paragraphs that a physical characteristic of a central character was likely an important clue. Unfortunately, I set that aside and didn't use it appropriately - thus missed getting the answer until the author revealed it. I enjoyed the book but would not place it on my list of favorites.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Pronzini again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Nick Sullivan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - not that I recall.


    Do you think The Booktaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Mobile, AL, United States 11-27-11
    Leslie Mobile, AL, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story"

    Not one of my all-time favorites but enjoyed the story. Would download more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B Waterloo, IA, United States 10-13-11
    B Waterloo, IA, United States 10-13-11
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    "an old-fashioned puzzle"

    I enjoyed The Booktaker. The writing and plot reminds me of the paperbacks (pulps) of the 50's and 60's. With a single focus plot puzzle and a very little bit of romance to mellow the nameless detective, it's a quick, fun story and very agreeably read by Nick Sullivan. It is like meeting Ellery Queen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pbleier 11-17-14
    pbleier 11-17-14
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    "You get what you pay for.... "free" - so"
    What did you like best about The Booktaker? What did you like least?

    After several attempts, I finally finished this. It was... "OK," hence the 3 stars. I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't particularly thrilling. There was one "thrill" scene, but it jumped in so abruptly that it was incongruent with the rest of the pace of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hmmmm... "OK, I finally checked this off my to-do list."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Read with more passion. Now, how that would be possible in a detective story about a bookseller and a bookthief, I don't really know.


    Do you think The Booktaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. (Read above to learn why.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Alberta Canada 08-29-14
    Rena Alberta Canada 08-29-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.

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    "Superbly Written!"
    If you could sum up The Booktaker in three words, what would they be?

    Breath of Fresh Air
    I believe there was no charge for this audio book - not sure why but thanks very much; it was a great surprise for this wonderful gift.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its refreshing to come across an author who really knows how to write- the sentences are creatively and beautifully structured - there is intelligence behind this work which I really appreciated.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You get a glimpse into the mans thinking process as if you are right there with him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The narrator was brilliant - a joy to the ears.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure when this book was written but if recently then I would have installed secret cameras to catch the thief.
    I want to read more by this author and hear more by this narrator ...thank you both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • kelly
    Nantwich, United Kingdom
    3/25/12
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    "Amusing Listen"

    I was looking for cheap listens and this fit the bill. Quite short but amusing and I do keep listening for clues to his name, even though I know I won't get one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • June
    Leyburn, United Kingdom
    10/1/14
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    "I Know it was free but...."

    I'm probably being churlish, I downloaded this because A- it was Free and B because I had heard good things about the Nameless Detective series but boy was this a major diasppointment. The story was fine, a bit dated but not dated enough to be classic, but the narrator was really dull, it sounded as if he knew it was a free download and thought he probably shouldn't bother making an effort. His voice was just mono- tone, even when doing other characters. I fell asleep twice on different attempts to listen so just as well I wasn't driving!
    I feel a good story spoiled by dull narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "nick sullivan does a good job of reading"
    Would you listen to The Booktaker again? Why?

    yes have listened several times, it is a good twist to a detective story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Booktaker?

    the answer to the puzzle as in all good mystery tales


    Have you listened to any of Nick Sullivan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no haven't found this author or reader before but will look out for them


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    truth will out


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janesell
    Isle of Man
    4/14/13
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    "Good decent story."

    This was a freebie story and I like it. Its told very well and a decent story specially as it was free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet A. Baker
    London UK
    4/13/13
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    "The Booktaker"

    I was cooking a batch of scones the other day and wanted to listen to a short story whilst doing so. Found 'The Bookmaker' in my library and found it most enjoyable. I sometimes find the American reader a little "abrasive" but Nick Sullivan read in a style most apt for reading, as a private tec, who had seen and done it all and was mulling over things whilst enjoying a beer with a few minutes to spare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Novel Theft"

    If you want to put your foot into the crime investigation world of books, this is where to begin. You might not want to consign yourself to 16 hours of dark fear straight away.This short story is well constructed to tease your thoughts. It is long enough to add bones to a mystery. It is a fun listen with good turns of phrase. You can solve the crime yourself if you pay attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    WIDNES, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "amusing little tale"

    As a free read this doesn't disappoint as it has a few twists and turns to maintain interest and keep you guessing. Well worth trying as you cant lose

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Hughes-Wilson
    Sandwich, Kent
    4/7/13
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    "A clever, clever little story...."

    I loved this book. Beautifully written, and beautifully read. It kept my attention throughout, and when it had finished, I listened to it again, to see if I could see any clues! And a love story to boot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    SOLIHULL, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "the booktaker"

    it was like a stage play where each character became a suspect.because of the limited length of time the auther needed to esatablish motives, opportunities, and gains which he did admirabley

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    10/7/12
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    "Average Private Eye tale"

    As a freebie it was worth a listen but I wouldn't want to pay for it. The story is a little run of the mill but well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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