->''"We guard no less than the sum of all human knowledge. We are the Library Police."''
-->-- '''Agent Bay'''

[[http://www.shigabooks.com/bookhunter.php Bookhunter]] is a comicbook by Creator/JasonShiga.

In 1973, a priceless book is stolen from the Oakland Public Library. Three agents from the Library Police are called in to investigate: Agent Bay (detective), Agent Walker (document analyst), and Agent Finch (fingerprint expert).

Their investigation manages to hit all the usual Police Action Film tropes: foot chases, PerpSweating, swarming the suspect's apartment with the SWAT team, and so on. The fact that it's the ''Library Police'' doing all this is played so straight that the entire thing ends up as a StealthParody of the genre.

The book can be purchased on Amazon, or read [[http://www.shigabooks.com/bookhunter.php here]] on Jason Shiga's website.

!!''Bookhunter'' provides examples of:

* BatmanColdOpen: The first chapter, in which Agent Bay leads a SWAT team to retrieve books from a "freelance censor".
* BloodyHilarious: The aforementioned scene ends with Bay shooting a hole in his torso with a shotgun so his blood and guts will extinguish the match he's trying to use to torch the place.
* BuildingSwing: Bay gets from one rooftop to another by shooting down a power line and using it to swing across the gap.
* ChekhovsGun: Bay observes the library during open hours. Many of the items he observes in this scene wind up being used as weapons in the final scene.
* ClimbingClimax: When the library police swarm the thief's apartment, the thief flees via the window fire escape. Bay follows them up, and a rooftop confrontation ensues.
* CollidingCriminalConspiracies: Major spoiler: [[spoiler:The real reason why Kettle Stitch never tried to fence the book after stealing it -- because someone else had stolen the real book before her. The copy she stole was just a replica left behind by the first thief.]]
%%* CopShow
* CowboyCop: Agent Bay takes the over-the-top approach to problem-solving that you would expect from a Cowboy Cop -- but, oddly enough, he doesn't get any grief from his partners or superiors for these shenanigans.
* TheCracker: It's the '70s, so the criminal hacks into a reel-to-reel computer over the phone line.
* DesperateObjectCatch: Library Police Detective Bay pursues the thief "Kettle Stitch" across rooftops as she tries to get away with a priceless (stolen) antique book. When Kettle Stitch misses a jump and falls, Bay improvises a BuildingSwing to save the book.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The opening chapter informs the reader just how much books are SeriousBusiness in this world, and just how far Agent Bay will go to get his perp.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Bay throws a library book at the thief and apparently misses--but the book triggers the library's alarm system, preventing the thief's escape.
* FairPlayWhodunnit: Played with. [[spoiler:Kettle Stitch]]'s identity is uncovered through real police work, and they're someone the reader couldn't possibly predict. However, all the clues leading to the reveal that [[spoiler:Spenser is the real book thief]] are right there for a perceptive reader to pick up. Agent Bay even has a FlashBack to the relevant panels as he puts the pieces together.
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: We only ever see the library police driving when they're in a legitimate hurry to get somewhere--thus, they're driving fast enough to go airborn on every incline, and barely maintaining control of the car as they screech through turns.
* InSeriesNickname: After Agent Walker points out that the replica left behind by the thief has a kettle stitch binding the leaflets (rather than the common catch stitch), the library police refer to the thief as "Kettle Stitch".
* ImprovisedWeapon: You'd be surprised how many objects in a library can be weaponized.
* LockedRoomMystery: As Bay himself points out, three concentric locked room mysteries: How did the perp enter the library without picking the lock on the only door? How did he retrieve the book from the safe without leaving any evidence that the safe had been cracked? And how did he leave the library with the book without triggering the anti-theft alarm?
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Bay's motivational speech in the final chapter.
-->'''Agent Bay:''' It might seem to you that we're grasping at straws. But straws are all we've got left. There is one straw that is going to break this case wide open. Which is why I need each and every one of you to follow your own straw to the bitterest end.
* PerpAndWeapon: In the opening chapter, the perp threatens to immolate himself and his books when the cops come for him.
* PerpSweating: Even when the police ''know'' that Leslie Stair can't be their thief, they keep up the pressure on him, on the off-chance that he can tell them who the thief is.
* PhoneTraceRace: In this case, Agents Bay and Finch are physically racing towards the pay phone, attempting to catch the perp in the act of phone hacking.
* TheProfiler: "ALA's top profiler" concludes that Kettle Stitch is a loner, speaks with a lisp or stutter, and was a childhood bed-wetter.
* QuipToBlack: "Shhhhhhhh." "Read him his rights."
* RaceAgainstTheClock: The book is scheduled to be returned to the Library of Congress in three days. If the Library Police can't find the book before then, they'll have to report the theft to their superiors, and the Feds will take over the case.
* RecoilBoost: Bay exploits the ridiculous recoil from a shotgun to propel himself across a room, very quickly.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Several of the main characters are played by members of Shiga's "Star System". Most notably, Agent Finch is Sara from ''ComicBook/EmpireState''. All of them have European-sounding names in this, despite being Chinese (if their ethnicity is specified at all) in the other comics they appear in.
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}. When Kettle Stitch drops from the roof, Agent Bay pulls off a BuildingSwing, and it looks like he's going to rescue her. But he just grabs the book, and lets Kettle Stitch fall.]]
* SayMyName: This is all Bay can do when the thief evades capture. "Damn you, Kettle Stitch!"
* ShootOutTheLock: Surprisingly, realistically portrayed. The SWAT team uses a shotgun with shocklock rounds to blow out the door locks.
* SociopathicHero: Bay shoots a massive hole through a guy for threatening to burn some books on Sino-American relations, lets another suspect fall to their apparent death (she survived, barely) to save the rare Bible they were stealing and leaves yet another bleeding to death in a broken window display.
* SoftGlass: Inconsistently used. Apparently glass is harmless if you ''intentionally'' jump through it, but dangerous if you're ''unintentionally'' flung through it.
* SplashPanel: A two-page spread to show off the size of the Oakland Public Library.
* SmokingGunControl: Twice, Agent Bay thinks he's found a clear link to Kettle Stitch, first with a missing circulation card, then with the counterfeit library card. Both times, the evidence is inconclusive because Kettle Stitch is too good at covering their tracks.
* SuperWindowJump: Useful for SWAT home invasions, or for getting onto the fire escape in a hurry.
%%* StealthParody
* ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim: "To catch a thief, you must think like a thief. You must live, eat, and dress like a thief."
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Chief Spenser turns out to be the real book thief.]]