Will Boisvert
January 05, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Case of the Missing Books

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ian Sansom
publisher
Harper Paperbacks
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

In Ian Sansom’s The Case of the Missing Books, Israel Armstrong — vegetarian, Jewish, urban, supremely inept — gets a nightmare job: running a mobile library in rural Northern Ireland. He lives in a chicken coop, puzzles over village proverbs, hunts for stolen books, and makes a public spectacle out of buying himself a condom.

Deep Thought
”You need to learn to graze where you’re tethered.”

Lowdown
The thin mystery plot frames a delightful fish-out-of-water comedy.

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