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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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    juan 03-04-15
    juan 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "oki"

    it was a bit dull a bit cliche no the best yet i read worse some to kill time i guess

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    Virginia 02-23-15
    Virginia 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple detective story"

    This is a simple detective story, a throw back to simpler times. No guns, no deaths, no real suspense, just a pretty straight forward mystery, not pretending to be more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Florival tampa fl 02-06-15
    K. Florival tampa fl 02-06-15

    amazon shopper

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    "way too obvious"

    I did not like this book very much all. It started out good however if they came so obvious as to who did it and how it was done so early on dead it made the book not even worth listening to. I did finish listening to it however but did not enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    funwithmom OH 01-31-15
    funwithmom OH 01-31-15
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    "Good"

    I really like the voice. It sounded just like I imagined the character. I thought the story was quick but pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary miller 01-22-15
    mary miller 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good narration"

    This was a good narration and a good mystery. I recommend this especially because the setting was a bookstore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Izzy Felder Potomac, MD USA 01-04-15
    Izzy Felder Potomac, MD USA 01-04-15 Member Since 2014

    Izzy

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    "Captivating Detective Story"

    Good example of the genre with interesting characters, a complex plot and an unpredictable plot twist. Worth the investment in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hackerbee Saint Paul, MN USA 12-28-14
    Hackerbee Saint Paul, MN USA 12-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "OK mystery"

    The plot was decent, but the dialog seemed contrived and wordy. Maybe that's topical for pure mysteries, and it's just not a genre I enjoy.

    0 of 0 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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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "I Was Expecting More"

    It was just ok. There was a good set up and and good flow but a completely mediocre ending. I was just excepting a better ending with the storyline and all. Oh well!

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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
  • Debra
    3/11/15
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    "Loved it"

    Great book really enjoyed it listened to it on a recent journey it made the miles fly by. World class

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/27/15
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    "Probably one of the best freebies"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a rather good short audiobook, which is set in an antiquarian bookstore. The owner of the store employs a private investigator to work undercover and solve the mystery of how rare books and maps are being stolen. It’s an excellent freebie; great when you want a short listen or have a few minutes to spare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eilis
    2/4/15
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    "Boring"
    What would have made The Booktaker better?

    This book was boring as it is a short story you would expect it to be a bit fast paced, but at the half way point we still handt got anywhere, i gave up it is not captivating or intriguing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salter
    Cardiff
    12/1/14
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does The Booktaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Another short story, but right up there with my fav listens...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quite a good 'who done it' type story.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    A good performance


    0 of 0 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
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