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The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
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Mar 30, 2010

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As the title suggests, this is Fforde’s take on the tale of the three bears. Jack Spratt, DCI of the Nursery Crime Division of the Reading Police Department, must once again confront his nemesis, the Gingerbreadman, a notorious killer The sadistic and super powerful Gingerbreadman, has escaped from St. Cerebellum's secure hospital for the criminally insane and is once again leaving a trail of victims. Unfortunately, Spratt has been suspended, pending psychological evaluation, because of his mishandling of the Red Riding Hood case. Although he begins hunting down the Gingerbreadman on his own, he soon realizes he will need the help of his investigation team. There is a lot of work to be done. First they must discover the link between a missing reporter nicknamed Goldilocks, exploding extreme-cucumber-growers, a theme park, the Quang Tech Corporation, illegal porridge dealers and the attempted murders of two of the three bears. Then Jack must figure out the best way to defeat the Gingerbreadman without losing his own life.

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