The Bad Book Affair features the magnificently hapless Israel Armstrong - the duffle-coat wearing, navel-gazing Jewish librarian who solves crimes, mysteries, and domestic problems whilst driving a mobile library around the north coast of Ireland.
In The Bad Book Affair Israel finds himself on the verge of his thirtieth birthday and on the trail of a troubled missing teenager, the daughter of a local politician.
Why has the young woman disappeared? Does it have something to do with Israel's lending her A Clockwork Orange and Lady Chatterly's Lover from the library's special `Unshelved' category? Will the young woman's father run Israel out of town? How will Israel recover from his own break-up with his girlfriend, Gloria? And how exactly does a Jewish vegetarian celebrate his thirtieth birthday in Tumdrum? With a bacon scone?
And will Israel and his irascible companion Ted ever agree about anything?
Ian Sansom writes for the `Guardian' and the `London Review of Books'. His he is the author of six books including,`The Case of the Missing Books', `Mr Dixon Disappears' and `The Delegates Choice', the first three instalments of The Mobile Library series. He lives in Northern Ireland.