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Tanner's Twelve Swingers [Audio Cassette]

Lawrence Block , Nick Sullivan
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March 2000 An Evan Tanner Mystery

Sometime spy Evan Tanner has accepted impossible assignments for many reasons: money, thrills, to have something to occupy his waking hours (twenty-four of them every day, in fact, since battlefield shrapnel obliterated his brain's sleep center). But this might be the first time he's put his life on the line . . . for love.

Tanner's agreed to smuggle a sexy Latvian gymnast—the lost lady love of a heart-sick friend—out of Russia. With the Cold War at its chilliest and the Iron Curtain slammed shut, this will not be easy, especially since everybody in Eastern Europe, it seems, wants to tag along, including a subversive Slav author and the six-year-old heir to the nonexistent Lithuanian throne.

But that's not the biggest hurdle. The gymnast refuses to budge unless Tanner rescues her eleven delightfully limber teammates as well—and that might be raising the bar too lethally high for even the ever-resourceful Evan Tanner to clear.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Upbeat. Fun. Idealistic. These are words not often associated with a secret agent thriller. But Evan Tanner is no run-of-the-mill secret agent. He works for an unnamed agency that seems to be at constant odds with the CIA and others. His boss sends meeting notices scribbled in the inside of gum-wrappers. Tanner is basically a do-gooder at heart, 75% Boy Scout and 25% James Bond, out to make the world a better place. Reader Nick Sullivan is just the ticket. With a perfect balance of dialect and diction, he moves this fast-paced story along at a comfortable rate, clearly letting tongue-in-cheek humor leak through at every opportunity. He is a wonderful match for this material. Although SWINGERS was written in 1967 and contains many Cold War references, it still delivers a message of commitment and love of freedom. More importantly, it presents the idea that at least one secret agent can complete a mission without killing or maiming a host of the enemy. T.J.M. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
. Tanner is back in the third of eight books in the series. This one is much better than the first two. Again Tanner leaves NYC to trek across Europe, sneak across boarders. This time the trip takes him from home to Yugoslavia north to Russia. Keeping in mind this adventure as wells as the two others takes place before the brake up of the Soviet Union and the problems and war with the breakup of Yugoslavia. Block's historical accounts are excellent and add to the excitement of the book. It's well paced and I look forward to the others in the series. At this point in time they are on backorder at amazon.com.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Block's best March 6 2009
By Jake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This very early Block story is effortlessly entertaining,but extremely featherweight compared to most of Mr.Blocks books. Its funny and fast moving,adequate for a quick summer beach read,but pales in comparison to almost any other Lawrence Block book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and humorous trip with a master spy Oct. 12 2007
By Cy B. Hilterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A delightful fast read with plenty of action and humor. Evan Turner is a spy for--well, you name it since he doesn't really know the name of the agency he works for! A good friend asks Tanner if he would go to Latvia to get his girl friend out of the country and bring her to the United States. Tanner reluctantly gives in and agrees knowing that Latvia is one of the old Soviet nations that do not allow anyone in or out of their country. Tanner knows so many connected people so he feels he can do this without getting into trouble.

Besides being a well-connected spy Tanner loves his women and seems to have one in every nation. He also has many friends in many nations that know Tanner well and owe him favors, which helps him in getting in and out of various countries. Any master spy can do this, correct? If your name is Evan Tanner or one of his aliases you have that freedom almost everywhere. Almost!

Tanner starts his trip to "rescue" the girl out of Latvia. It seems the girl is a gymnast on the national team. As Tanner goes across various borders, some legally and some with forged papers, he looks up his friends in those countries to get help. Most do help him one way or another. But when it comes time to take the girl out of Latvia, along with a few things Tanner has picked up along the way for which he promised to deliver in other nations as he went, he runs into trouble. By the time he makes his final plans for leaving Latvia he has accumulated more people to smuggle out of a nation he is not even supposed to be in.

If this sounds complicated, it is, but only for Tanner. The reader can understand every move and action that is made due to Lawrence Block's smooth writing. Even though this is a short book it packs plenty of action and fun into those pages. As I read it I was thinking how some authors would make a six hundred-page story out of all that occurred in this book. Block shortened it and kept it active and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tanner's back for another trek across Europe. A delight. Oct. 6 1999
By Harold L. Laroff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
. Tanner is back in the third of eight books in the series. This one is much better than the first two. Again Tanner leaves NYC to trek across Europe, sneak across boarders. This time the trip takes him from home to Yugoslavia north to Russia. Keeping in mind this adventure as wells as the two others takes place before the brake up of the Soviet Union and the problems and war with the breakup of Yugoslavia. Block's historical accounts are excellent and add to the excitement of the book. It's well paced and I look forward to the others in the series. At this point in time they are on backorder at amazon.com.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously funny! April 14 2011
By Movie-Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the wildest and funniest thriller I've ever read. I wish there were more books like this: well-written, entertaining and fast-paced. Tanner and Block's other humorous series Bernie the buglar are so entertaining I was sorry there werent more. Its hard to find books in this genre : thriller/humor. If you like the Lovejoy series youll like these two as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evan Tanner Luckiest Man on Earth Dec 6 2011
By max56562 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The first time I read Tanner's Twelve Swingers I got close to the end and it was time to stop reading and go to work.But on that day even though it meant being late I had to find out what happened. Since then I have reread in many times and have more than one copy including a kindle copy. Not the best literature but a very good read.
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