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The Topless Tulip Caper [Audio Cassette]

Lawrence Block
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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August 1999 Chip Harrison Mystery
Now a man about town working for a famous detective, Chip Harrison finds himself at a Times Square Club waiting for his latest client, a stripper, to finish a night's work. When she completes her set, she introduces him to her roommate, a dancer who's targeted for murder, and killed in the club right before their very eyes! The list of suspects is as long as the line outside the club, and now it will take all of Chip's street smarts to trap a killer!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from a great author July 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Laurence Block has become a recent obsession of mine. I love all of his books I have read, and in the week and a half I have been working on them, I have read somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 books. This was another great Chip. Everyone should read this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveably Boring April 23 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a Lawrence Block/Matt Scudder fan. Can't get enough of that Matt Scudder.
So, I thought Block's other stuff might be just as good: not so. Hit man was a dissapointment and so was this.
Lame jokes: boring story. Too many characters who are alike -- how many men can we stand? Blatantly crude gratuitous "sex" scene. Sad
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final book in Chip Harrison series... March 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Topless Tulip Caper," by Lawrence Block is the fourth and final book (as of this date) in a series of novels about Chip Harrison, the teen-age assistant to Leon Haig, who billed himself the world famous detective in "Five Little Rich Girls." (Which was also republished under the title, "Make Out With Murder." Now Haig agrees author's Rex Stout's famous detective, Nero Wolfe is the world's greatest detective. The novel is short, under 200 pages. In this story Tulip Willing is a topless dancer, hence the title. She's a tropical fish fancier and a biologist who call upon Haig in his capacity as a detective because he too is a tropical fish expert. Tulip's fish are poisoned and this leads to the murder of her roommate, Cherry Bounce on the stage of the Treasure Chest. Chip is sent out to investigate for his boss Haig. This Chip Harrison novels has the same brand of wit as the others and similar to Block's "The Burglar Who...." Series featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr. Both series light reading but certainly not as deep as the Matt Scudder mystery novels. Block is a very good writer. I have read most of series books, with the exception of the Evan Turner books which are on my to find and read list.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was a struggle to finish this book.... Feb. 16 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read Lawrence Block novels before so I had an idea on what to expect. Imagine my surprise when I tried to read this one! It was totally predictable and it failed to keep my attention for long. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they had trouble sleeping at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final book in Chip Harrison series... March 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Topless Tulip Caper," by Lawrence Block is the fourth and final book (as of this date) in a series of novels about Chip Harrison, the teen-age assistant to Leon Haig, who billed himself the world famous detective in "Five Little Rich Girls." (Which was also republished under the title, "Make Out With Murder." Now Haig agrees author's Rex Stout's famous detective, Nero Wolfe is the world's greatest detective. The novel is short, under 200 pages. In this story Tulip Willing is a topless dancer, hence the title. She's a tropical fish fancier and a biologist who call upon Haig in his capacity as a detective because he too is a tropical fish expert. Tulip's fish are poisoned and this leads to the murder of her roommate, Cherry Bounce on the stage of the Treasure Chest. Chip is sent out to investigate for his boss Haig. This Chip Harrison novels has the same brand of wit as the others and similar to Block's "The Burglar Who...." Series featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr. Both series light reading but certainly not as deep as the Matt Scudder mystery novels. Block is a very good writer. I have read most of series books, with the exception of the Evan Turner books which are on my to find and read list.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, but fun March 22 2014
By Douglas J. Bassett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Chip and Haig take the case of a stripper/ichthyologist who had several prize fish murdered -- but of course real murder is lurking around the corner as well. I haven't read other books in this series, but this is a straight-up Nero Wolfe pastiche, and Block does a credible job with it.

Well, call it a Wolfe book for the Swinging Seventies. So some things that Stout always breezed past are focused on (sex, basically, but also some emotional stuff) and the setting is of course somewhat grittier/hippier (seedy strip clubs, health food stores, etc.). His Wolfe stand-in wants to be a famous private detective (I actually found the self-referential stuff wince-inducing, but then I've never liked such things), his Archie Goodwin stand-in is truly just a kid (well, a teenager), his staff is replaced by a mysterious Asian...but it's still basically Nero Wolfe in the Seventies.

Whether or not you like that idea will determine whether or not you like this. I'm a big fan of the Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe books and so rather enjoyed it, myself. But like a lot of Block it's very light, and here in particular you really got to buy in to the premise to enjoy it. If you can, though, you probably will.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hard Boiled Detective Story Sept. 1 2013
By GAE-LYNN WOODS - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first Lawrence Block novel, and I really enjoyed it. It was a light read featuring Chip, assistant to a Nero Wolfe-like detective, Leon Haig. The two men set out to help Tulip Willing, a topless dancer, discover who poisoned her exotic fish. Human murders follow, and all is lost until Haig calls all the suspects together and sorts the crime.

Fast paced, funny dialogue, an easy read. I'll check out more Lawrence Block after this one!
4.0 out of 5 stars The final, and best, Chip Harrison novel March 24 2012
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Block successfully retains the tongue-in-cheek, wise-cracking tone of the original Chip Harrison adventure (NO SCORE) while also inserting a credible, inventive whodunnit mystery. The Leo Haig character is a Nero Wolfe pastiche, a device cheerfully highlighted by the fact that Leo constantly compares himself to Wolfe. Since this book was originally published under the pseudonym Chip Harrison, Block also includes a several self-referential jokes, such as Chip's editor encouraging him to insert unlikely sex scenes into the story to help boost sales. (Chip the narrator cheerfully obliges). It's a fast, funny book that doesn't take itself too seriously.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveably Boring April 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a Lawrence Block/Matt Scudder fan. Can't get enough of that Matt Scudder.
So, I thought Block's other stuff might be just as good: not so. Hit man was a dissapointment and so was this.
Lame jokes: boring story. Too many characters who are alike -- how many men can we stand? Blatantly crude gratuitous "sex" scene. Sad
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