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Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Evan Tanner #3)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sometime spy Evan Tanner has accepted impossible assignments for many reasons: money, thrills, to have something to occupy his waking hours (twenty-four of them every day, in fact, since battlefield shrapnel obliterated his brain's sleep center). But this might be the first time he's put his life on the line . . . for love.

Tanner's agreed to smuggle a sexy Latvian gymnast—
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1967)
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This is the only truly excellent follow-up in the series beginning with the (mis-titled) "The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep". These are comic espionage novels, with similar mocking anti-Cold War elements that Terry Southern was said to have added to the "Dr Strangelove" script. Here, like the first Tanner book, a series of wildly improbable events, and bad luck turned good, allow Tanner to visit Macedonia, walk all the way to Estonia, and return via Alaska gathering (along the way) his version of the ...more
Glenn Younger
Evan Tanner has become more experienced in book three, but for a good reason. What starts off as a hair brained idea to rescue one Lithuanian gymnast in the name of true love - not for Evan Tanner, but for his friend - snowballs into an entire entourage of fifteen, plus miscellaneous manuscripts and documents that illegally cross borders of Eastern Europe of the sixties, and ultimately get home via a Russian test plane and one crazy pilot.

Lawrence Block did it again: fast paced synchronicity, o
You may remember Tanner from previous reviews: the spy who can’t sleep. This novel takes place earlier than the one I had read and Block provides a more detailed explanation of just how Tanner got himself into this position (The Thief Who Couldn’t Sleep is the first in the series and, naturally, has the most detail). Besides the small pension he gets monthly from the government for the head injury that resulted in his inability to sleep, Tanner writes term papers for hire for those students eith ...more
Definitely as readable as the other Block books I've read, "Tanner's Twelve Swingers" wasn't quite as focused. I enjoyed reading about Tanner's romp across Eastern Europe. Evan Tanner makes it with women in every country he enters, finds immediate, random solutions to all obstacles in his way, and in such a short book, none of it gets old. I don't know if I'll be reading another Tanner book for awhile - I think there are many - but its good to know there's a capering, sleepless spy out there to ...more
#3 in the Evan Tanner series. Evan Tanner is Lawrence Block's spy who doesn't sleep - ever since a head injury suffered during the Korean War. In this 1967 entry, his boss (of an unspecified Federal agency) wants him to head for Colombia to head off a popular revolution. Being in favor of the revolution, Tanner pleads an urgent need to go to Latvia - a friend has asked for Tanner's help in getting his girlfriend from behind the Iron Curtain. On the way to Latvia, he stops off in Macedonia to vis ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Oct 02, 2007 Ann aka Iftcan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like humour
Ok, I admit it--this was my first Tanner book, and I just loved the idea of a man who could speak so many languages. His misadventures are always great, since he tends to be fairly clueless and just bulls along. He starts this book out trying to get a friends girlfriend out from behind the Iron Curtain in order to avoid doing a job for the secret agency that THINKS he works for them. He winds up--rescuing the girl--plus 11 other gymnists from her troop, getting a disident out of Chekaslovakia, s ...more
Ali Shahandeh
It's a light and entertaining read, and has enough action and dramatic ups and downs that grip the readers. specially for me who obsessed with cold war era.
I recommend it for those whom has the same interests or may be looking for Sth easy to read.
One of Block's evan tanner books. I liked the story. Sometime spy Evan Tanner has accepted impossible assignments for many reasons: money, thrills, to have something to occupy his waking hours (twenty-four of them every day, in fact, since battlefield shrapnel obliterated his brain's sleep center). But this might be the first time he's put his life on the line . . . for love.

Tanner's agreed to smuggle a sexy Latvian gymnast—the lost lady love of a heart-sick friend—out of Russia. With the Cold W
I chose this book based solely on the title. My mother's maiden name was Tanner, and I hoped just to have a fun read. It was okay. The writing was not bad, but the narrator said things I would never expect a man to say (or to be written by a man). The story was okay -- better toward the end than the beginning.

I read another book in this series afterward, and I was sort of disappointed. I probably won't read any others.
It's certainly an easily readable book. The plot flows well, with something always happening or about to happen. Evan Tanner is a unique character.

But I was disappointed a bit. Things got silly near the end. And though there was a lot happening, I never really felt connected to it emotionally. I guess I expected more from the guy who wrote Mona.

Anyway, I found this passage interesting, for a book that was first published in 1967:

"... the author made a rational yet impassioned plea for the disso
The spy who could not sleep is off on another venture to try to get a gymnast out of Latvia (this is before the breakup of the Soviet Union) for a Latvian/american who is in love with her. On the way he stops to see his son for the first time in Macedonia. As he makes his way north to Latvia he seems to accumulate baggage and people till in a comedy of errors he arrives at his last stop before the US with 15 people in tow. a quick, light read in the humorous mode.

ISBN - 1-58547-130-5, light susp
Evan Tanner, a man with a good heart. Actually, he was a man with connection with diplomats all over Europe, Lativa, Yougloslavia, Russia, Poland, Greece, England. This particular book Tanner's Twelve Swingers is a must read adventure. Enjoyed it
A hit man who has a therapits and who ends up as hero/protagonist? You got it!
One of Block's earlier works, about a spy named Evan Michael Tanner who caught a piece of shrapnel during the Korean war that destroyed the sleep center in his brain, causing him to no longer require sleep. This one is about Evan's attempts to smuggle a female Latvian gymnast out of Russia during the Cold War so she can be reunited with her lover, but of course there are complications along the way. Decent read. I surmise that just like many of you, if my sleep center was destroyed I'd use part ...more
Again Block has turned a possibly long and tedious story into a great adventure. He uses humor and witty quips throught the book. Tanner having a wry outlook on things and people around him keep the story flowing and enjoyable.
Mar 20, 2012 Spinster rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Spinster by: previous books by the author
Shelves: mystery
I think I need to take a break from the series. Each one is too much like the other one. I am anxious to see what happens to the kid he rescued.
Another, and perhaps least likely Evan Tanner book I have read. Still it is a good time, and goes by VERY quickly.
Like clowns piling out of a mini car, Tanner's situation gets complicated in a ridiculously funny way.
Muhammad Gibran
Evan Tanner alwaya make me laugh. you got action, adventure, and plenty of comedy.
Denise M.
Sep 27, 2009 Denise M. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: block-lawrence
AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
Think a much more tongue in cheek James Bond with very little sex.
Kevin Connery
Not as good as his later works, it's still a fun read.
Joyce McKune
Absolutely hilarious!
Jan 16, 2011 Seanna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seanna by: Mike
Ha ha.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

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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
More about Lawrence Block...
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