Tanner on Ice: The New Evan Tanner Novel

Lawrence Block, Author Dutton Books $23.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-525-94421-8
Never one to abandon a sound series hero indefinitely, Block (who recently resurrected burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr) has now also brought back international man of action Evan Tanner, after more than 25 years. As usual, Block has a good joke up his sleeve: Tanner, one of whose characteristics is his inability to sleep, had in fact been comatose--in a deep freeze, in fact--for all that time, and the scene where he wakes up, thinking Richard Nixon is still president, is as funny and sharp as a similar one in Woody Allen's Sleeper. After that, Tanner is off to a new exotic locale, activated as usual by his vaguely CIA manager: this time it's to Burma, where he's supposed to destabilize the government by assassinating a popular opposition figure. He doesn't do it, of course, but becomes involved instead with a beautiful woman who wants to flee the country and eventually, after participating in a guerrilla action, both manage to do so. It's never less than inventive and amusing, but Block is always most at home in Manhattan, and his overseas settings, deftly sketched as they are, lack the ultimate authenticity he finds there. Tanner, too, though endowed with the author's usual wry wit, is not as fully fleshed out as are Block's more recent creations; but this will do until another Scudder comes along. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/29/1998
Release date: 07/01/1998
Show other formats
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-14-086773-2
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-06-186056-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 309 pages - 978-0-451-19410-7
Hardcover - 978-1-56895-701-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7927-2241-0
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-06-153554-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 280 pages - 978-0-06-128393-2
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-06-153548-2
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 304 pages - 978-0-06-153551-2
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-1-901982-39-8
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.