The Fourth Bear

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The Fourth Bear

By Jasper Fforde

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038924, 378pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007

Description
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.


About the Author
JASPER FFORDE is the critically acclaimed author of Shades of Grey, the Thursday Next series and the Nursery Crime series. After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.


Praise For The Fourth Bear

Jasper Fforde is able to write diabolically. . . . Outrageous satirical agility is his stock in trade. (The New York Times)

Like the creators of . . . The Simpsons and South Park, Mr. Fforde uses fantasy to dissect real life. . . . He is our best thinking personÆs genre writer. (The Washington Times)

Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with . . . light prose and easy, confident wit. (The Wall Street Journal)