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Hooperman: a bookstore mystery    by John M. Daniel order for
by John M. Daniel
Order:  USA  Can
Oak Tree Press, 2013 (2013)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I wasn't too sure I was going to like a book with a main character being a stutterer. Too difficult to read. Boy, was I wrong. I fell in love with Hooperman. I also liked the other characters who were patient with him. One of my brothers had a mild stutter and my son had a heavy one at times. Some people aren't as caring as they should be.

Anyway, Hooperman Johnson dealt with his stutter as though it wasn't there, although he could read poetry out loud without a hint of a problem. Hooperman got his nickname because of his speech.

Hooperman lived across from a bookstore. When the store needed help, he applied and got the job. Too many books were disappearing from the bookstore and he was to be a bookstore cop. He was to catch shoplifters while he kept an eye on the store employees. He proved to be a valuable employee, though he didn't like spying on his co-workers. Hooperman had been married. His wife, who became a famous poet, didn't hang around him for long. However, he had a chance for romance once again.

The book is set in 1972, the summer of Watergate. The plot of this clever story is a simple one but so well told. Be sure to take note of the extraordinary cover.

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