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The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime (Jack Spratt Investigates)

The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime (Jack Spratt Investigates)
Author: Jasper Fforde
ISBN 13: 9780143038924
ISBN 10: 143038923
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007-07-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378
List Price: $16.00

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.

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.