The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2)

The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime Series #2)

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by Jasper Fforde
     
 

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The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman-sadist, psychopath, cookie-is on the loose in Reading, but that's not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they've been demoted to searching for… See more details below

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The inimitable Jasper Fforde gives readers another delightful mash-up of detective fiction and nursery rhyme, returning to those mean streets where no character is innocent. The Gingerbreadman-sadist, psychopath, cookie-is on the loose in Reading, but that's not who Detective Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary are after. Instead, they've been demoted to searching for missing journalist "Goldy" Hatchett. The last witnesses to see her alive were the reclusive Three Bears, and right away Spratt senses something furry-uh, funny-about their story, starting with the porridge. The Fourth Bear is a delirious new romp from our most irrepressible fabulist.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Jasper Fforde is able to write diabolically.... Outrageous satirical agility is his stock in trade.
The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with ... light prose and easy, confident wit.
The Washington Times
Like the creators of ... The Simpsons and South Park, Mr. Fforde uses fantasy to dissect real life.... He is our best thinking person's genre writer.
Publishers Weekly
Like The Big Over Easy (2005), Fforde's first Nursery Crime novel, this sequel offers literary allusions, confusions and gentle satire, though, again like its predecessor, it lacks the snap of the author's Thursday Next series (The Eyre Affair, etc.). Jack Spratt, DCI of the Nursery Crime Division of the Reading Police Department, is also a PDR (Person of Dubious Reality), as are most of the characters Jack deals with, including the Gingerbreadman, a notorious killer, and Punch and Judy, a violence prone couple who are also marriage counselors. An alien policeman named Ashley, talking bears, a devoted group of cucumber-growing enthusiasts and an immensely powerful company, Quang Tech, add spice. All are grist for Fforde, whose word play runs the gamut from puns to shaggy dog stories. The Gingerbreadman's on the loose, Goldilocks is missing and Jack's once again persona non grata at headquarters. As Jack and his associates "bring justice to the nursery world," they also cast a Swiftian eye on corporate hubris, race relations, the drug trade and myriad other targets. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Detective Chief Inspector Jack Spratt, head of Readings Nursery Crime Division, is back on the case in this sequel to The Big Over Easy. Once again, Spratt is hampered by division politics and his failure to prevent the Big Bad Wolf from swallowing Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Busted down to Missing Persons, Spratt and Constable Mary Mary are officially shut out of the hunt for the murderous Gingerbread Man, but their paths keep crossing during an investigation into the disappearance of reporter Henrietta "Goldilocks" Hatchett. Meanwhile, Jack struggles with telling his wife the truth about his past, and Mary contemplates dating an alien. With an allusion, pun, or joke on every page, Fforde continues his skewering of detective fiction conventions and nursery rhymes in this world where Punch and Judy are marriage counselors and Dorian Gray is a used car salesman. Fourth Bear has less backstory than the previous novel, but anyone acquainted with Fforde's Thursday Next series will easily catch up and enjoy the ride. Great fun for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/06.]-Devon Thomas, DevIndexing, Chelsea, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Jasper Fforde is able to write diabolically. . . . Outrageous satirical agility is his stock in trade. (The New York Times)

Like the creators of . . . The Simpsons and South Park, Mr. Fforde uses fantasy to dissect real life. . . . He is our best thinking person's genre writer. (The Washington Times)

Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with . . . light prose and easy, confident wit. (The Wall Street Journal)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101158524
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Nursery Crime Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
159,097
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Jasper Fforde is able to write diabolically. . . . Outrageous satirical agility is his stock in trade. (The New York Times)

Like the creators of . . . The Simpsons and South Park, Mr. Fforde uses fantasy to dissect real life. . . . He is our best thinking person's genre writer. (The Washington Times)

Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with . . . light prose and easy, confident wit. (The Wall Street Journal)

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