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Tanner's Virgin (Evan Tanner #6)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  208 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The CIA, the FBI, the KGB, Interpol—not one of the world's premier intelligence organizations knows quite what to make of Evan Michael Tanner. Is he a spy, a mercenary, a footloose adventurer, or simply a screwball sucker for hopeless causes?

(Actually he's a little bit of all of the above. Plus he never sleeps. Ever.)

One thing's for sure: Tanner's a true romantic, which is
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1968)
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Vikas Datta
Jan 27, 2016 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as always, especially in its depiction of '60s Afghanistan and the Indian yogu and the famous music band of four in the end was a good touch... and I especially empathise with Tanner's frustration in this book
Michael Sova
Sep 08, 2014 Michael Sova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Block has been named a Grand Master my the Mystery Writers of America. He's also won multiple Edgar Awards, Shamus Awards, and the most prestigious Diamond Dagger award. In short, he's good. He's long been near the top of my list of favorite authors and it's odd that, in the roughly one year I've been writing reviews, this is the first time I've selected one of his books. I'm ashamed and I really have no excuse other than to say that I read most of his books long before my review writi ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book six of the world’s most unique series of espionage novels starts with our hero, Evan Tanner - ET - dealing (unsuccessfully) with the growing pains of his seven year old angel and unofficially adopted daughter / Princess of Lithuania, Minna. The chapter finishes with ET having to deal with his his own set of sexual and academic frustrations, caused principally by the presence on his sofa of the delightfully cute but delightfully untouched eighteen year old Miss Phaedra Horowitz. And other pr ...more
Glenn Younger
Jan 26, 2014 Glenn Younger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a satisfying read on a cold rainy day. It was everything you could hope for in an Evan Tanner story as he bumbles his way illegally through England, France, and all the way to Afghanistan of the sixties in the search and rescue of a woman sold into white slavery. In the midst of the oddly moralistic amoral character mix of vivid description, Tanner dodges bullets, bombs, knives, and other assorted attempts on his life from a group of Russian spies intent on overthrowing the Afghanistan gove ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the Evan Tanner series. This 1968 entry was renamed Tanner's Virgin when reissued in 2005. Tanner is a secret agent in a spoof of the 1960's spy series. He was wounded in the Korean War and has been unable to sleep since. In the afterword to the reprint, Block says "The storylines of Tanner's adventures, as you may have noticed, generally range somewhere between far-fetched and absurd". It's rollicking entertainment and a fun read.

Spy Evan Tanner series - Tanner's a true romantic, which is
With the completion of this book, I've now read all the "series" books by Block, which includes Evan Tanner (spy who was injured in the Korean war and as a result does not have to sleep, 8 books in the series), Chip Harrison (a young guy just starting out in life working with a detective, 4 books in the series), Matthew Scudder (ex-cop and alcoholic PI, 16 books in series), Bernie Rhodenbarr (sophisticated burglar who owns a used bookstore, 10 books in series) and Keller (likeable hitman who col ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Dominick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Evan Tanner goes to Afghanistan to rescue a former girlfriend from enslavement as a prostitute. Funnier than that brief summary would suggest, and including Tanner's accidental involvement in a plot to overthrow the Afghan government, which the Russians are apparently behind but which is really a CIA initiative. The ending is actually somewhat anticlimactic, as it shifts gears to make fun of transcendentalism rather than international skulduggery.
Jul 26, 2008 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tanner, the spy who can't sleep in an adventure that takes him across Europe to a search throughout Afghanistan. OK, this was written in 1968, an early Block entry before Scudder, Rhodenbarr and Keller took over. It's a fun read and Tanner is sufficiently dry to qualify as a wise-ass, but a likable one. Good supporting characters here. A good, quick fun read.
Joyce McKune
Mar 13, 2016 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, don't know why. The lead is unbelievable and the plots are impossible, but the stories are still fun.
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Jul 25, 2013 Geof rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is supposed to be a comedy/thriller but it was not funny at all.
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Sep 27, 2009 Denise M. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

From his web site:

I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:

"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne
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