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
Eclectic, veracious reader hardcover,paperback, ebooks, and audible books. Also have an appreciation for many types of prose.
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.
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 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.
The writing was palatable, but just barely. The narration lacked believability.
I don't think you should buy this book.
A better narrater might have saved it though.
However, if you are just waiting around and have some credits to throw away, go for it.
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