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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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    Amazon Customer 04-20-15
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    "Mentally engaging and emotionally benign"

    Has the appeal of Perry Mason or Sam Spade. Nice diversion when life seems to have plenty of emotional drama on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stef Southern California 04-01-15
    Stef Southern California 04-01-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Good, but far from excellent."

    The narrator was OK. A short, old time detective story. No pizzaz. Interesting plot and solution like in the old days.

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    D. Morgan New York, NY United States 03-31-15
    D. Morgan New York, NY United States 03-31-15
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    "Failed to Live Up to Expectations."
    Would you try another book from Bill Pronzini and/or Nick Sullivan?

    The narration was decent and the reader had an expressive and pleasant voice, but the novella itself left a lot to be desired.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Pronzini’s story?

    For a novel about a private detective with a penchant for pulp novels, this had none of the gusto or tongue-in-cheek drama one would expect from that type of literature. For a contemporary dramatic mystery, the setting and premise were decent but the execution was nearly nonsensical - there was not a lot of buildup to the dramatic climax (which was entirely disproportionate to the mystery itself).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I suppose so. It would have been more enjoyable had the reader adopted the characteristic of the pulp detective, a trope mentioned several times.


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    DeeJ 03-15-15
    DeeJ 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Booktaker is a good fun listen"

    Characters seem like real people, the story could really happen, and the performers are top notch. Listen, enjoy and chuckle at the conclusion.

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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.

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    K. Florival 02-06-15
    K. Florival 02-06-15

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Izzy Felder Potomac, MD USA 01-04-15
    Izzy Felder Potomac, MD USA 01-04-15 Member Since 2014

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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.

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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

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  • 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
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    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

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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.

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