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Who's on First

(1980)
(The third book in the Blackford Oakes series)
A novel by

 
 
Abbot: "I'm telling you. Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third."; Costello: "Well, all I'm trying to find out is what's the guy's name on first base.'; Abbott: "Oh, no, no. What's on second base."; Costello "I'm not asking you who's on second."; Abbott: "Who's on first.";

We've all heard the old Abbott and Costello routine, but only master novelist William F. Buckley Jr. could ever have imagined in it the set-up for a gripping spy thriller. It's 1956 and the United States is locked in a do-or-die space race with the Russians. Who will get there first? Once more, it's up to supersecret agent Blackford Oakes to see that the good guys win. His assignment is to kidnap two Russian missile scientists who can help put the Americans in front for good. To succeed, he must dodge a lethal combination of murderous KGB agents and vengeful Hungarian freedom fighters - fresh from the bloody streets of Budapest - who mistake Oakes for their enemy. Who's on First was originally published in hardcover in 1980. Gobbled up by readers who had savoured Buckley's earlier Blackford Oakes thrillers, the novel also attracted plenty of attention from reviewers. "Timeless" - The Boston Gl

Genre: Thriller

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Hardback Editions

September 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Who's on First
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
ISBN: 0-7139-1359-2 / 978-0-7139-1359-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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February 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Who's on First
Author(s): William F Buckley
ISBN: 0-385-15231-0 / 978-0-385-15231-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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February 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Who's on First?
Author(s): William F Buckley
ISBN: 0-385-14681-7 / 978-0-385-14681-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

March 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Who's on First (Blackford Oakes Novel)
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
ISBN: 1-888952-28-8 / 978-1-888952-28-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
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November 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Who's on First
Author(s): William F Buckley
ISBN: 0-06-104150-5 / 978-0-06-104150-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: Who's on First
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
ISBN: 0-380-52555-0 / 978-0-380-52555-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: Who's On First
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
ISBN: 0-14-005611-4 / 978-0-14-005611-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Who's on First: A Blackford Oakes Mystery (Blackford Oakes Mysteries)
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
ISBN: 1-4332-1608-6 / 978-1-4332-1608-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Who's on First: A Blackford Oakes Mystery
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Who's on First: A Blackford Oakes Mystery
Author(s): William F Buckley Jr
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Who's on First (The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Book 3)
Author(s): William F Buckley
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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August 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Who's on First (The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Book 3)
Author(s): William F Buckley
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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