The first novel in the series! What a great story line...so unusual!
Signet misclassifies the Tanner books as mysteries, hoping to take advantage of Block's unblemished reputation as an exceptional mystery writer. However, the Tanner books aren't mysteries. Rather, they are humorous spy/espionage/adventure novels set in the late 1960s. They are wonderful books, and I highly recommend this and the others in the series. But just don't expect a mystery, despite what the cover tells you.
A lawrence block book mystery and suspence
A wake-up call is the last thing that Evan Tanner needs. Champion of lost causes and beautiful women, Tanner hasn't slept a wink wince the sleep center of his brain was destroyed. And with the FBI keeping tabs on him, the CIA tapping his phone, and a super-secret intelligence agency wanting to recruit him, keeping wide awake is definitely a smart choice.
An alarming cause is the last thing Evan Tanner needs. But when a ravishing blonde comes calling with cries of help and claims of riches, Tanner finds he can't resist. Smuggling her across the border of her native country, though, proves to be a difficult chore, especially when there's all that loot to carry as well. Not to mention the law, which is one step behind him and quickly catching up.
A welcome return is just the thing Evan Tanner needs. Here is his very first adventure, a rare treat from his creator, Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block.
Evan Tanner, specialist in lost political causes, in this rousing, often comic yarn. Unable to sleep for 15 years following a Korean War head wound, Tanner devotes his considerable free time to reading, learning languages, and turning his affliction into a livelihood by writing theses and dissertations for graduate students in New York. Then he learns of hidden Armenian gold in Turkey and sets off on an unlikely adventure that makes him the most wanted fugitive in the world as well as the accidental leader of a Macedonian revolt.
The first and best in the series with Evan Tanner.