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The Frumious Bandersnatch

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Written By: Ed McBain

Narrated By: Ron McLarty

Date: January 2004

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel. The stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat, while the partygoers look on helplessly.
Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself 'The Squad,' Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out.
In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature.


  • Rachel M.

    This is an entertaining novel. It isn't exactly heart pounding, but it's a good, run-of-the mill thriller. It's got it's share of action in there.

  • Larry Brinckerhoff

    This story never really got off the ground. I did finish listening to it, but it was an effort. Do not bother with this one.

  • Jacquilynne Schlesier

    The story itself was lighter than air. The whoddunnit surprise was obvious by the second disc, because there was only one main character besides the detectives and the victim, so really, it had to be that character. Possibly the result of bad abridgement, but there were entire sub-plots that never connected to the main story line at all, and seemed to exist primarily to allow the author to expound on the nature of writing. The narration was largely fine on the non-dialogue, but he mixed up the female voices frequently and cast every gay character as a lisping stereotype.

  • Susan Miller

    I've read a couple of Ed McBain mysteries and liked them. Not so with this one. For once, I didn't finish listening to the CD. The racy subject matter and the obscenities grated on me, and I didn't find much else to make me want to keep listening. Maybe it works in print, but I didn't like it on audio.

  • Sue

    Just OK. Sometimes you need nourishment and sometimes you really want angel food cake. This is definitely angel food cake. Not deep, not inspirational, but mildly entertaining.

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