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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  16 reviews
I’m retired.

No, really.

No more running around, doing the scut work for every conspiracy in the Information Underground. I quit all that a year ago, got myself a nice quiet life up the coast, doing normal things with normal people like my girlfriend, Mina.

And then someone framed her for murder.

Now I’m coming out of retirement to figure out who wants her behind bars - and me
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 23rd 2014 by Candlemark & Gleam (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
23 megahertz.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The intentionally absurd layered onion of conspiracy continues in "Get Blank," Justin Robinson's follow-up to "Mr. Blank." A style mash-up of off-beat noir, Terry Pratchett and The Illuminatus trilogy, anyone with even the mildest sense of humour (i.e. you have a pulse) will get a kick out of Blank's antics as he smart-assess his way through the bevy of unseen hands that control the world. (There's a lot of hands, more hands than you can count on the fingers of your - ah, you get what I mean.) W ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'll keep this brief, as I am clearly on my own with this review.

It doesn't matter how many rave reviews a book might, sometimes it just isn't for you!

In this case, I was expecting great things, but it might just have well been written in another language - I just didn't get the references - at all! I realise now that there was an earlier book, introducing the main character - Blank - so, maybe that's where my 'education' is lacking. Also, I may fall outside the usual catchment area for this t
Louis Allred
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very fun, hilarious as expected.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

James Bond?  Sam Spade?  Ellery Queen?  Matt Helm?  Maxwell Smart?  Sherlock Holmes?

If you need a spy/detective, all you need is to get Blank.


Blank is a man of many names and even more talents, most of them useless, but some of them will come in to play.  He's trying to retire from his active guess-who-I-am-today life, but the criminals around him have other plans.  Blank's girlf
Fanbase Press
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The following review was originally posted on Fanboy Comics:

'Get Blank:' Book Review
by Jodi Scaife, Fanboy Comics Contributor

The man currently known as Robert Blank thinks he retired from being a multiple agent of the Information Underground when he fled Los Angeles after accidentally engineering his own assassination in Justin Robinson’s first novel, Mr. Blank. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a respectable career as the owner of an occult bookstore, and ju
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Publisher: Candlemark and Gleam
Publishing Date: May 2014
ISBN: 9781936460571
Genre: Scifi/Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Publisher Description: No more running around, doing the scut work for every conspiracy in the Information Underground. I quit all that a year ago, got myself a nice quiet life up the coast, doing normal things with normal people like my girlfriend, Mina. And then someone framed her for murder.

Now I’m coming out of retirement to figure out who
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm fortunate enough to be an early reader of Robinson's books, as I've mentioned in other reviews. I feel lucky to be in this position, as it allows me to encourage anyone who comes across these reviews to check out the book, especially if you read and enjoyed the first one.

The opening chapter immediately grabbed me, and it was a tremendously fun ride after that. Mina continues to be a really well written paramour, and Blank is still full (but not TOO full) of pop culture one liners that work a
Mana Taylor-Hall
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
​​​​Robinson returns to his paranoia inducing, conspiracy clogged noir world with satisfied happiness (you know this won't last). The oft-minted, newly minted John Blank owns a bookstore, is dating a model, and is completely detached from the conspiracy-soaked city of LA. Until Mina is framed for the murder of Neil Greene (Freemason and Satanist, one of the Gang of Five that both captured and freed Blank during the Genesis Stone case). Forcing Blank's hand to return to LA and save his love.
H.L. Cherryholmes
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so love Mr. Blank and would want to be his friend except for, you know, all those people trying kill him. That sort of thing puts a damper on game night. Get Blank is a very fun read and what really impresses me is that the author manages to keep all of the threads (and there are a lot of these, as all good conspiracy stories should have) fairly clear as you go along. The minor characters are as memorable as the main characters, which makes it easy to keep who's who in your head. Mr. Robinson ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Well, Justin Robinson has done it again. In this (long-awaited by this reader) sequel to Mr. Blank, Justin once again gives us a whirlwind adventure through LA and dozens of conspiracies.

Blank is one of my favorite fictional characters, and he continues to amuse me with his sarcasm, one-liners, and consistently different answers to what the heck happened to his nose. Obviously the story hangs on us liking and rooting for Blank, but what I love about Justin's work is that he also gives us really
J. Ringo
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, it looks like Robinson's done it again. In this sequel to (the also superb) Mr. Blank, he continues with the adventures of our titular hero, as Blank is reluctantly pulled out of retirement and (barely) stays ahead of the various shadowy organizations trying to kill him, all while trying to clear the name of his recently arrested girlfriend.

As in the first book, Robinson manages to combine vintage noir with humor to create something wholly unique, a genuinely engrossing mystery that is als
Gayle Karen
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Justin writes the best descriptions of characters and places, so vivid that you can almost smell them (much more desirable for some characters than for others). I loved the first book, and the sequel is no less of a ride of mayhem, wondering what the heck is going to happen and who is behind it all. It's a fun look into a world run by conspiracies (and makes me wonder in paranoia just how much might be true) and the escapades that happen when fascinating characters are caught at the intersection ...more
Dru Pagliassotti
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
Despite his very best attempts at retiring from his former job as the go-to guy for all conspirators occult, paranormal, and extradimensional, Blank finds himself drawn back into the biz when he has to get Mina off of a trumped-up murder charge in LA. Luckily for us readers, the Satanists (both types), the Little Green Men, the Masons, the Russian Mafia, the Illuminati, and all the rest of SoCal's cryptids and conspirators just aren't finished with Blank yet -- and we can only hope they never ar ...more
Glinda Harrison
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Hysterically funny and certainly a worthy sequel to the first book. This is a must read for conspiracy theorists with a sense of humor. The moral of the story is that I am never, ever, playing Trivial Pursuit with this author.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well-written sequel, so far, not quite as action packed but it has the same elements that made the first book an interesting read.
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Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.

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