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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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    Pb CT 11-07-13
    Pb CT 11-07-13 Listener Since 2010

    I enjoy reading and listening to books. I am always looking for something great to read.

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    "The Booktaker"
    Where does The Booktaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story was a time passer. It had me guessing but the ending was a little weak. The reader was monotone and dry. But all in all the whole story line was really ok.
    It helped me while commuting to and from work so I would recommend this audiobook.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The ending would have been slightly different. I would have left it open for part two or made it longer with more of a twist to keep the reader's eyebrow raised.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Sullivan?

    I would listen to another one and if it is as monotone I would not listen to anymore. This was my first with Nick Sullivan as the narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part in the book when the detective said he knew how the booktaker was stealing the books really moved me. I would never had guessed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please use more excitement while reading and I would love to hear a part two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Atara C. MacNamara CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-24-13
    Atara C. MacNamara CENTRALIA, WA, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2013

    MacNamara

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    "Stupid ending."
    What would have made The Booktaker better?

    The story held my interest at first though I thought it was derivative of Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin rolled into one character), but it really turned stupid at the end. A car chase came from out of nowhere and completely sideswiped the story line.


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

    Leave out the gratuitous car chase. Also, I vaguely remember a detective story with the same ending.


    What three words best describe Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    Okay, okay, alright.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 08-21-13
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 08-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Rare Book Who-Did-It"

    Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.

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    Bart Evansville, IN, United States 02-26-13
    Bart Evansville, IN, United States 02-26-13
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    "Predictable"
    Would you try another book from Bill Pronzini and/or Nick Sullivan?

    The writing was palatable, but just barely. The narration lacked believability.


    Would you recommend The Booktaker to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think you should buy this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    A better narrater might have saved it though.


    Any additional comments?

    However, if you are just waiting around and have some credits to throw away, go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L Shushan, NY, United States 02-26-13
    L Shushan, NY, United States 02-26-13
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    "not worth it"

    as I haven't figured out how to get to the present book, my chances of trying another are slim.

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    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 11-24-12
    julia SARASOTA, FL, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.

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    Good little mystery. Some imaginative twists and turns. Very well read. Just not my cup of tea.

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    Duane Bolton Nashville, TN 11-18-12
    Duane Bolton Nashville, TN 11-18-12
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    "fast paced and intriguing ..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes - it was very well done.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I thought the author did a great job. I am not a writer, but know good writing when I read it - hear it. I enjoyed both the narration and the authors books. Read them a while back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The detectives first day on the duty.


    Was The Booktaker worth the listening time?

    I love the series. It was definitely worth my listening time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Sherman, CT, United States 11-07-12
    Victoria Sherman, CT, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An entertaining short story"
    Would you listen to The Booktaker again? Why?

    No, because I'll remember the ending solution to the crime.


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

    The twist at the end.


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

    Don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marry Benton, OR, United States 10-10-12
    Marry Benton, OR, United States 10-10-12

    Did anyone ever wonder if the tin man got married?

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    "Old Style very welcomed!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Nameless Detective Story was a clever and catchy story all around. Nothing earth shattering, but nonetheless an enjoyable read that clued you into the plot early on in the story. Listen to the descriptive narration at the onset and you shall figure it out. I am a old story enthusiast, where all the bad language and sloppy writing of today cannot be found in this cleaner and crisper nature. A great short story for cracking mystery sleuths.


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    TYLER Fredericksburg, VA 09-24-12
    TYLER Fredericksburg, VA 09-24-12
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    "Short, but okay for a morning commute"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who had an hour and half to kill.


    Would you recommend The Booktaker to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they had an hour and a half to kill and absolutely nothing better to do with their time.


    What aspect of Nick Sullivan’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing.


    Did The Booktaker inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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