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Tanner's tiger [Hardcover]

Lawrence Block

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Book Description

December 2001

The Cold War's boiling over. Global tensions are near the breaking point. So what's the perfect assignment for a super-spy who hasn't slept since the Korean conflict? A fun-filled trip to the Montreal World's Fair!

The adorable little girl he's escorting—who, under different circumstances, would be sitting on the Lithuanian throne—can hardly contain her excitement, but it isn't all playtime for Evan Tanner. Some mysterious disappearances, apparently linked to the fair's Cuban exhibition, need to be looked into.

Keeping his mind on business, however, won't be easy after an insatiable lovely in a tiger skin falls into Tanner's arms, and a mother lode of dangerous drugs falls into his lap. But the biggest, deadliest suprise is the terrorist plot Tanner's tumbling into, and he'll have to think and act quickly to prevent the visiting queen of England from being blown to smithereens.

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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; 1st ed edition (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931081433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931081436
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 549 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,075,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

A pity Block doesn't write for the movies. There's a great little B movie here. First published in 1968, this is a reissue of the fifth book in the series featuring Evan Tanner, "whose sleep center was destroyed in Korea" but who remains "not merely conscious but energetically and productively awake 24 hours a day." It reflects its era of anti-war protests and violent political activism. Tanner is a jack-of-all-spycraft, member of (almost all) subversive groups; a man of many guises who hops, skips and parachutes around the globe on errands from those who wag the dog. "The Chief" has asked him this round to investigate the Cuban Pavilion at the Montreal Expo. Rumor has it that the Cubans are using it for something nasty, which proves to be an understatement, indeed. The first nasty thing Tanner observes at the fair is the kidnapping of his daughter, Mina. He is unable to go to the Mounties, since they kicked him out of the country as a suspected terrorist when he first arrived and are now hunting him for sneaking back in. He turns for help to some Quebec nationalists, especially a bright and beautiful young woman named Arlette, who has a problem of her own. The more militant of her group want to blow up the Queen of England on her state visit to the fair. Naturally, she and Tanner team up to sort out the Cuban plot, rescue Mina and frustrate the militants, all with a dazzling display of wit and skill. Like most of Block's books, this is full of humor and high spirits, a treat for established fans and new readers alike. (Sept. 10) Forecast: Based on the performance of past books in this deluxe reprint series, expect a sell-out.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Published in 1968, this installation was the fifth in Block's Evan Tanner series. Less exotic than his usual outings, the plot finds Tanner, who is essentially a thief, getting pulled into a job while relaxing in Montreal. Fans of the series will be pleased to see this back in print.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious novel about Montreal Expo Sept. 8 2009
By LA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Evan Tanner never sleeps. Literally. A head wound resulted in a brain injury that makes it unnecessary for him to sleep.

He's someone who's world traveled and not entirely legal in everything he does. Tanner gets involved in conspiracies and spying, but he's also devoted to Minna who he hopes one day to restore to Lithuania's throne.

In this novel they journey to Canada. Here Tanner has to match wits with Canadian border officials and the people running the Cuban exhibit at Montreal's Expo.

It is laugh-out-loud funny and a great read. Wonderful dialogue and a crazy, nutty plot that includes memorable characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Block Rules Dec 10 2012
By Robert Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Lawrence block for years but somehow I missed his "Tanner" series. Filling in my library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Adventure Nov. 28 2012
By lovetoread - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Picked this book up on a whim. Possibly read a Lawrence Block back in the day, so the name rang a little bell in my head. After this, the bells will be clanging! Loved the book, imagination and writing style. So fun. Evan Tanner is a name I'll remember. A huge bonus, while this book is part of a series, didn't feel lost once. A great plus for people who may just be discovering Block and or Tanner. Turned my friend on to this title and his description can be summed up in one word, awesome! Two new Block fans. I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Block: Always a Safe Choice Aug. 4 2012
By Richard B. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If Bernie Rhodenbarr of Lawrence Block's Burglar books became a secret agent, he might sound something like Evan Tanner--wry, sarcastic, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. However, Bernie sleeps at night; Tanner (after an injury to his brain's sleep center) does not. This condition does not play a major role in Tanner's Tiger's plot, but it does give the hero eight more hours in the day to do his job.

Tanner works for a mysterious government agency, presided over by a person known only as `the Chief'. The chief calls and Tanner springs into action. In this case he's checking out the Cuban exhibition at the Montreal World Fair. He's taken his daughter Minna with him, but Minna immediately disappears. He meets a French Canadian named Arlette. Arlette has an overactive libido, a tiger-skin throw on her bed and a tiger-skin hat (hence the title), but Arlette too will disappear in the course of the story.

Arlette is part of a separatist group that is making plans for the queen's visit to Montreal. Some want to kidnap her; some want to kill her. Since Tanner is on the run from Canadian authorities after his illegal border crossing, he must throw in his lot with the separatists, exhibit his street cred in leading their plotting but simultaneously do some back-channel work to protect the queen from serious harm (before he rescues Minna) and before he rescues Arlette.

The tone is light, much of the violence muted, the plot wildly implausible, the novel great fun. At 237 pp. it is a perfect companion for a transatlantic flight (which Tanner himself may just experience in the course of the novel).

Lawrence Block is incapable of writing a bad novel. I believe that his Matt Scudder novels are his very best, but if his name is on the cover you're always safe to take him in hand and proceed to the checkout.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Block!!! July 15 2012
By KimW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lawrence Block always delivers well written and very entertaining reads! His characters are complex and they seem real. Evan Tanner has the most exciting and unexpected adventures.

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