A vibrant character that embarks on a haplessly adventure through many countries and many unusual, quirky characters. But Tanner's up for anything, including a little spycraft, if it helps him reach his big payday. There is sex and violence, two essential ingredients for such a novel, and a deep understanding of history that Block uses so well. New York: Otto Penzler Books, 1994. Still, he's managed to find numerous inventive ways to occupy his waking hours.
Pairs well with trips to European conflict zones, and probably best read in the middle of the night. A title in the Armchair Detective Library series. He sometimes supports himself by writing Phd thesises for students or taking tests for them. One can see the origins of Bernie Rhodenbarr in this delightful early work of Block. For example, one significant plot line involves the historical tensions between Turkey, Armenia, and Greece. Besides, it gives him something to do. Fortunately, you would also be smart and resourceful enough to get yourself out of most of that trouble.
His gets him into interesting, sometimes dangerous, and most often, overly complicated situations. The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep by Lawrence Block is just good, solid fun! Every American invariably demands to see the ambassador. He never sleeps due to a war wound that wiped out the sleep center in his brain; he spends his spare time learning languages and joining subversive political groups with hopeless causes. In the absence of any new Bernie books, I decided to give another of his acclaimed series a try, the Evan Tanner books. This is simply a good, old-fashioned, fun story to read. Is this a caper comedy? I can send expedited rate if you chose; otherwise it will promptly be sent via media rate. Only two people knew about the gold.
There's the fact that he manages to score with every chick he encounters. And if need be, he'll even start a small revolution. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? The writing makes it very difficult to put the book down. His fly was not open, and his eyes focused reproachfully on me. It lacks polish at times, and the pacing is a bit uneven, but the story succeeds more times than it fails.
You also belong to the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Clann-na-Gaille. Though he compensates for his inability to sleep by a combination of physical rest and meditative techniques, he finds he has a lot of free time on his hands upon his return stateside. Black boards with gilt titles to spine, color illustrated dust jacket with acetate protective covering. This edition includes a new introduction by Block. Bound in the original black boards, stamped in bright gold on the spine. This was assisted by Block mentioning Bond about a dozen times.
The charm of an organization devoted to a singularly hopeless cause is evidently lost on the average person and certainly on the average bureaucrat or policeman. The concept sounds kind of silly and, at times, slapstick, but Block gets some contact on the ball here and hits it out. What starts out as a treasure hunt ends up as something surprisingly different. So, how did I like it? I know it's supposed to be Bond-esque, but it feels more like a tribute than a parody to that kind of behavior, which irks. When he learns of a lost hoard of Armenian gold, he journeys across the world, thinking that there could be millions there and he could then fund all kinds of lost political causes. Orders are processed promptly, carefully packed, and shipped with delivery confirmation. The writing is as fresh today as it was when this book first came out in 1966.
I'm thinking it's high time I re-read this first book in the series once more. I must ask you several questions, and then you will be free to go. He stays up, instead, learning languages and joining lost causes and random political groups. So he decides to enter Turkey through the back door. He has been a guest of honor at Bouchercon and at book fairs and mystery festivals in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan.
I laughed a lot and shook my head a lot, finding this more funny than anything else until he actually hurts someone that didn't seem to fit. But Tanner's up for anything, including a little spycraft, if it helps him reach his big payday. In France, he has been proclaimed a Grand Maitre du Roman Noir and has twice been awarded the Societe 813 trophy. The novel is sprinkled throughout with dry, witty geopolitical insights unique to anything else I have read from Lawrence Block. The enjoyment here is in the journey and in admiring how Tanner extricates himself from one predicament after another. Actually, he's in Turkey pursuing a fortune in hidden Armenian gold.
The ending is especially funny and yet almost inevitable in its own way. It is a Lawrence Block book, after all. He, himself, is a college dropout. New York: The Armchair Detective Library, 1994. He never sleeps thanks to complications from a war injury suffered in Korea and of course his charms virtually guarantee plenty of social and sexual company virtually at will.