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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"Weak writing and weaker reading"
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.
A good mystery - well written
A theft you will not imagine
"Mystery with a twist at the end"
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.
"Very Bill Pronzini"
Yes. A fun to listen to Nameless vignette.
I like Nick Sullivan's voice.
"Classically structured mystery"
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.
Not one of my all-time favorites but enjoyed the story. Would download more from this author.
"an old-fashioned puzzle"
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.
Narrator did OK. It was OK to listen to as I went on my morning walk. Not something I would pay for though.
"Short and surprising."
Decent but not riviting. Nice diversion. surprising ending. Well read. No sex or major violence, just a short detective case that kept my attention, but didnt beg me to stay up all night to finish it.
"Great little short story!"
Yes, I listened to this book after finishing a lengthy novel. It was a great little story, I found it completely engaging and entertaining!
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.
"Probably one of the best freebies"
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.
"Good, easy listening. "
Good story. Easy to listen to. Characters uncomplicated but interesting. Will read more from author.
Great book really enjoyed it listened to it on a recent journey it made the miles fly by. World class
This book was boring as it is a short story you would expect it to be a bit fast paced, but at the half way point we still handt got anywhere, i gave up it is not captivating or intriguing
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.
"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.
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