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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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Not bad!

The story wasn't that great but for a free book it wasn't as bad as some of the other books I've listened to. It's a simple mystery, not enough clues given to the listener to try and figure out the culprit, but over all it was ok.

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  • Kelly
  • Canton, GA
  • 09-11-15

Too predictable

Story line has a bit of adult subject matter, but mystery is on a child's level.

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Good, but short.

It wasn't long enough - over way too soon. Reader was perfect for the detective part.

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  • AFH
  • Kirkland, WA United States
  • 06-17-15

Short and interesting

The performance and phrasing rind me if the audio performance of Robert B Parker's Spencer novels. Need I say more?

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Good story

I was surprised that a free story was so good. The narration was also very good

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Okay. Just 'okay'.

Would you try another book from Bill Pronzini and/or Nick Sullivan?

Maybe, <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Didn't love the book but I didn't hate it either.

What three words best describe Nick Sullivan’s performance?

Attentive.<br/>Passionate.<br/>Attractive.

Any additional comments?

If the entire book was like the last thirty minutes, my review would be totally different.<br/><br/>The end of the book grasped my attention and was surprised and happy with the story. <br/><br/>The beginning was dry, but glad that I stayed listening.

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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.

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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

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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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.