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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I'm not swayed on the author. The idea had potential, I just wasen't hooked into the book like I waned to be. Kind of bland.
Didn't love the book but I didn't hate it either.
If the entire book was like the last thirty minutes, my review would be totally different.
The end of the book grasped my attention and was surprised and happy with the story.
The beginning was dry, but glad that I stayed listening.
The narration was decent and the reader had an expressive and pleasant voice, but the novella itself left a lot to be desired.
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).
I suppose so. It would have been more enjoyable had the reader adopted the characteristic of the pulp detective, a trope mentioned several times.
Characters seem like real people, the story could really happen, and the performers are top notch. Listen, enjoy and chuckle at the conclusion.
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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