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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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    David K. Aycock Rolla, Missouri United States 08-07-12
    David K. Aycock Rolla, Missouri United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Quick Paced & Engaging"
    If you could sum up The Booktaker in three words, what would they be?

    Quick Paced, Engaging


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

    Detective's first day on the "job".


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Clear difference in various character portrayals.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    My first Pronzini 'read'; look forward to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy M. O'connor Jr. Webster, tx, United States 05-14-12
    Timothy M. O'connor Jr. Webster, tx, United States 05-14-12

    Dystopian. I want more!

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    "Short but sweet"
    What did you like best about The Booktaker? What did you like least?

    Just a good classic dective story.


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

    I would if I knew anyone who liked dective stories.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria United States 04-11-12
    Victoria United States 04-11-12
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    "Slow Read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who lives in the 1950s


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Pronzini again?

    Maybe, if it is up to date, or set as a historial piece.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    I don't think so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Tyler, Texas, United States 03-26-12
    Becky Tyler, Texas, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great short mystery!"
    What did you love best about The Booktaker?

    Easy to listen to voice


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

    Suspense


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the detailed description of all the scenes.


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

    Yes - but not enough time on my part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Broken Arrow, OK, United States 03-19-12
    Beverly Broken Arrow, OK, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty Good Free Read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes I enjoyed listening to this book in the car


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Pronzini? Why or why not?

    Yes I would try another he is not a bad w riter.


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

    Yes, I love book series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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