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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?
©1982 by the Pronzini-Muller Family Trust. All rights reserved. (P)2011 BBC Audiobooks
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By Doug on 12-29-11

Weak writing and weaker reading

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

No.

What was most disappointing about Bill Pronzini’s story?

The writing was clumsy, not up to modern standards for genre prose. Not quite in the category of

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reading was monotone, giving none of the

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Booktaker?

The detective's off-duty time was neither interesting nor enlightening.

Any additional comments?

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.

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By Raymond on 12-20-11

Kinda 'cutsie' fun.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's a short story, nothing dramatic with twisted deceptions, so it was fun for a couple of hours.

What could Bill Pronzini have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Maybe the characters went unnoticed, I lost interest in finding the thief.

What three words best describe Nick Sullivan’s voice?

Bold Overstated Pass

Could you see The Booktaker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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.

Any additional comments?

It was light entertainment for a couple of hours audio, but the story fell into cliches with a predictable ending.

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By kelly on 03-25-12

Amusing Listen

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.

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By Dawn on 02-27-15

Probably one of the best freebies

Any additional comments?

This is a rather good short audiobook, which is set in an antiquarian bookstore. The owner of the store employs a private investigator to work undercover and solve the mystery of how rare books and maps are being stolen. It’s an excellent freebie; great when you want a short listen or have a few minutes to spare. <br/>

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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