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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A good mystery - well written
A theft you will not imagine
The writing was clumsy, not up to modern standards for genre prose. Not quite in the category of
The reading was monotone, giving none of the
The detective's off-duty time was neither interesting nor enlightening.
The title is a bit misleading. While the subject matter is thefts from a bookstore, it's thefts of rare maps, etchings, etc., not books.
It's a short story, nothing dramatic with twisted deceptions, so it was fun for a couple of hours.
Maybe the characters went unnoticed, I lost interest in finding the thief.
Bold Overstated Pass
Forget it. Neither Movie nor TV would this story be... not enough 'what the' and it's not about gore or sex or disaster. The stars wouldn't do it anyway.
It was light entertainment for a couple of hours audio, but the story fell into cliches with a predictable ending.
This is an interesting, quick read that really held my interest.
I read a lot of police procedurals and this one made me concentrate and think. I liked the end a lot. Ended with action and wit.
He has a great voice. Many sale books have mediocre narrators but Mr. Sullivan was very easy on the ears.
Yes! It was the best short story or novella that I have listened to in a long time.
I will gladly listen to this author again.
Yes. A fun to listen to Nameless vignette.
I like Nick Sullivan's voice.
This is a classic mystery with clear clues along the way leading to a conclusion that you might reasonably be able to figure out before you get to the final paragraph. For example, I thought in the early paragraphs that a physical characteristic of a central character was likely an important clue. Unfortunately, I set that aside and didn't use it appropriately - thus missed getting the answer until the author revealed it. I enjoyed the book but would not place it on my list of favorites.
No - not that I recall.
I enjoyed The Booktaker. The writing and plot reminds me of the paperbacks (pulps) of the 50's and 60's. With a single focus plot puzzle and a very little bit of romance to mellow the nameless detective, it's a quick, fun story and very agreeably read by Nick Sullivan. It is like meeting Ellery Queen again.
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.
Hmmmm... "OK, I finally checked this off my to-do list."
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.
No. (Read above to learn why.)
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.
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.
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.
You get a glimpse into the mans thinking process as if you are right there with him.
The narrator was brilliant - a joy to the ears.
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!
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.
Another short story, but right up there with my fav listens...
Quite a good 'who done it' type story.
A good performance
"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.
"nick sullivan does a good job of reading"
yes have listened several times, it is a good twist to a detective story
the answer to the puzzle as in all good mystery tales
no haven't found this author or reader before but will look out for them
truth will out
"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.
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.
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.
"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
"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.
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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