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This is no ordinary mystery This is a beautifully written book that only getscomplex and touching as you read The setting a Palo Alto bookstore in 1972 The mystery in an era of typewriters, PO boxes, and handwritten orders, how do you figure out who s stealing from the bookstore Hooperman, a dropout with a stutter and a love of poetry, poets, books and women, is hired to figure out who s stealing He ends up becoming a part of the misfit family of employees, and has his loyalties test This is no ordinary mystery This is a beautifully written book that only getscomplex and touching as you read The setting a Palo Alto bookstore in 1972 The mystery in an era of typewriters, PO boxes, and handwritten orders, how do you figure out who s stealing from the bookstore Hooperman, a dropout with a stutter and a love of poetry, poets, books and women, is hired to figure out who s stealing He ends up becoming a part of the misfit family of employees, and has his loyalties tested There are a series of flashbacks that gather steam over the course of the book, lending depth to the story and Hoop s character.I was sucked into an era where a Sucrets tin was a perfect hiding place for a joint, bookstores were counterculture hotbeds, a buyer without any computer help had to decide how many copies of Joy of Sex to pre order, and employee meetings were run like encounter groups The period details immerse you in a time and place the author knows a great deal about.I started off slow, then couldn t stop until I d read the whole book What a delightful little book Not usually a fan of mysteries because I figure them out too quickly, I decided to give this one a try anyway Mostly because it takes place in a bookstore Though I must admit to being led down the wrong path a couple of times as to who dunnit, the weeding out of potential suspects happened a little too conveniently for my taste I loved the lead character, Hooperman, and his wonderful but bittersweet tale of love lost and regained Mostly, I wanted to give him a hug The rest of the cast , Not usually a fan of mysteries because I figure them out too quickly, I decided to give this one a try anyway Mostly because it takes place in a bookstore Though I must admit to being led down the wrong path a couple of times as to who dunnit, the weeding out of potential suspects happened a little too conveniently for my taste I loved the lead character, Hooperman, and his wonderful but bittersweet tale of love lost and regained Mostly, I wanted to give him a hug The rest of the cast , except maybe the owner of the bookstore, were a little one dimensional A decent time killer of a read, but not my favorite Every now and then, I read a book I enjoyed so much that I wish I could rate itthan five stars Hooperman by John M Daniel is one of those books Mr Daniel has written an intriguing mystery with a cast of fascinating characters but his book is so muchthan that It s a glimpse back to a time and culture in our not too distant history, 1972 to be exact, and an insight into human nature, love and loss My review can t begin to do the book justice I strongly suggest you read it for Every now and then, I read a book I enjoyed so much that I wish I could rate itthan five stars Hooperman by John M Daniel is one of those books Mr Daniel has written an intriguing mystery with a cast of fascinating characters but his book is so muchthan that It s a glimpse back to a time and culture in our not too distant history, 1972 to be exact, and an insight into human nature, love and loss My review can t begin to do the book justice I strongly suggest you read it for yourself I thought this was a nice little story and I was hoping I could recommend it to reader s who like cozy mysteries Unfortunately, this was not the case and there was too much foul language. |DOWNLOAD EBOOK ☫ Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery ♻ Hooperman Johnson is a tall, bushy bearded man of few words He works as a bookstore cop, catching shoplifters in the act It s a difficult job for a man with a stammer, but somebody s got to do it, because Maxwell s Books is getting ripped off big time And, and , it looks like the thief works for the store Who s stealing the books Martin West, the foul mouthed nutcase in charge of shipping and receiving Millie Larkin, who hates the boss because he s a man Could it be Lucinda Baylor, the dark and sassy clerk that Hoop s in love with Jack Davis, the socialist, or Frank Blanchard, the anarchist Or maybe even Elmer Maxwell himself, the world famous pacifist bookseller Set in the summer of , the summer of the Watergate break in, Hooperman is a bookstore mystery without a murder, but full of plot, full of oddball characters, full of laughs, and full of love, some of it poignant, some of it steamy