The Bad Book Affair
Overview - " Israel's] fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans." -- Publishers Weekly Author Ian Sansom "clearly loves a good laugh" ( Washington Post ), as his delightful mystery series featuring rumpled, fish-out-of-water, Jewish vegetarian librarian Israel Armstrong indisputably proves. Read more...
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" Israel's] fish-out-of-water dilemmas and encounters with kooky locals will resonate with Alexander McCall Smith fans." --Publishers Weekly
Author Ian Sansom "clearly loves a good laugh" (Washington Post
), as his delightful mystery series featuring rumpled, fish-out-of-water, Jewish vegetarian librarian Israel Armstrong indisputably proves. The Bad Book Affair
is Israel's fourth hilarious adventure as he tools around Ireland in a rattletrap bookmobile trying to solve the mystery of a missing teenage girl while trying to keep his mess of a personal life in order. Sansom's Mobile Library Mystery series has made a big splash with critics on both sides of "the Pond." The New York Times Book Review
loves their "formidable reserves of insight and humor,"
while the London Times
calls Israel "one of the most original and exciting amateur sleuths around."
- ISBN-13: 9780061452017
- ISBN-10: 0061452017
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
- Publish Date: January 2010
- Page Count: 348
- Dimensions: 8.14 x 5.28 x 0.91 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.59 pounds
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In Sansom's satiric fourth mobile library mystery (after 2008's The Book Stops Here), Israel Armstrong, an English Jewish vegetarian mobile librarian and amateur sleuth, embarks on yet another bumblingly endearing case in Tumdrum, “on the northernmost coast of the north of the north of Northern Ireland.” The day after Israel allows 14-year-old Lyndsay Morris to borrow a “bad book” (i.e., Philip Roth's American Pastoral), Lyndsay, daughter of prominent Unionist candidate Maurice Morris, disappears. The coincidence is enough to make Israel suspect in the eyes of his boss, Linda Wei, a lesbian Chinese single mother, as well as the police and a nosy newspaper reporter. Never mind the thin plot and minimal detection. Sansom uses the naïve Israel to poke fun at politics, religion, prejudice, and pretensions of all sorts. Readers will particularly enjoy the passages devoted to the efforts to keep books like American Pastoral out of the hands of the young and impressionable. (Jan.)