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Two For Tanner (Evan Tanner #4)

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Evan Tanner can't sleep. Ever. Which gives him plenty of free time to get involved in lots of interesting endeavors in all sorts of exotic locales.

Now Tanner's in Thailand with a partially baked plan and a butterfly net, hoping to snare a beautiful missing chanteuse who's metamorphosed into an international jewel thief. Tanner hopes everyone will buy his disguise as a rare

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by No Exit Press (first published May 1st 1985)
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Greg
Well, the Evan Tanner series is nothing if not original. This book opens with the real Captain America held in a tortuously small cage, five feet above the ground in a Thai jungle, apparently doomed to die a grisly death in the morning. Of course by chapter's end however, Evan has made a friend (as well as a very sensible promise) and in return now has a chance for escape...

By the middle of chapter two, the reader is reacquainted with the young girl saved from a life of boredom back in Lithuania
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Glenn Younger
Still set in the sixties, this time Evan Tanner is in Thailand as well as other parts of the East. He's without his usual network of contacts, but that doesn't stop him from another haphazard journey that's filled with outrageous synchronicity born out of little pre-planning and lots of improvising in the moment all the way to another satisfying ending.

When compared to the first three books of the Evan Tanner series, the secondary characters weren't quite as well developed so a lot of the witty
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Ed
#4 in the Evan Tanner series. Two For Tanner (1967) was re-titled with the author's original title as The Scoreless Thai (2000), when it was reisued in hardcover. The revised title gives the reader more of the flavor of Tanner - a wise-cracking, international tilter at windmills, and unintentional secret agent. As the book is read, keep in mind that it was originally published during the Viet Nam War - although that fact will be much in evidence in the second half of the book.

Spy Evan Tanner ser
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Spotsalots
I can't remember whether I read this years ago when I read many books by Lawrence Block, although I do remember reading some of the Evan Tanner series and it's probable that this was one. This one dates from 1968, and that shows both intentionally (the Vietnam war is on) and perhaps unintentionally (the sexual revolution is on, second-wave feminism not quite). But while one could complain about the book's sexual politics, it continues to be good escapist fiction. It's improbable, but that's a gi ...more
Karl
A classic tale of espionage and suspense, originally published over 40 years ago, and out of print for years.

Evan Tanner, the spy who never sleeps, returns in a timeless adventure appearing in hardcover for the first time, and with its original title restored.

Originally published as a paperback original more than fourty years ago, Two for Tanner (as the publisher mistitled it) concerns one amorous yet unsuccessful native, an ebony-skinned singer and jewel thief, numerous lost causes (some of the
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james
This is a book by one of America's most prolific writers, Lawrence Block. He's written more books than meet the eye since he's used more than one nom de plume.

Two for Tanner was the name for this book chosen by Block's publisher. He had submitted the book with the title Scoreless Thai. It's one oof the series featuring Tanner, who suffered a head wound during the Korean War and is OK, except that he can't sleep.

The action takes place in Thailand and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Tanner snoo
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Eliana
Apr 06, 2014 Eliana added it
A hit man who has a therapits and who ends up as hero/protagonist? You got it!
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I wouldn't normally give anything in this genre 4 stars, but Larry Block writes such fun books that it's hard to deprive him. This is one of his earliest works with Evan Tanner the leading man.
Patty
An early L. Block novel that is wonderfully written. It has some of his best ironic humor I have read and is a snapshot back to the late 1960's. Not all humorous though. A good read.
Joyce McKune
Tanner was involved with a woman from Nirobi who went to Thailand with a group of singers and was kidnapped. With the aid of a Thai rebel, he went off to her rescue.
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
Denise M.
Sep 27, 2009 Denise M. marked it as to-read
Shelves: block-lawrence
AKA: Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block
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also called The Scoreless Thai
Robert
A chuckling airplane read.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Evan Tanner (8 books)
  • The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep (Evan Tanner, #1)
  • The Canceled Czech (Evan Tanner, #2)
  • Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Evan Tanner #3)
  • Tanner's Tiger (Evan Tanner, #5)
  • Tanner's Virgin (Evan Tanner, #6)
  • Me Tanner, You Jane (Evan Tanner, #7)
  • Tanner on Ice (Evan Tanner, #8)
The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder, #1) Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder, #5) When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder, #6) Hit Man (Keller, #1) Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr, #1)

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