Cop-turned-rare-book-dealer Cliff Janeway returns in a new "Bookman" mystery set in the arcane world of collectible books. A deathbed request finds Janeway searching for a fabulous lost library of books by 19th-century British explorer Richard Burton.Cop-turned-rare-book-dealer Cliff Janeway returns in a new "Bookman" mystery set in the arcane world of collectible books. A deathbed request finds Janeway searching for a fabulous lost library of books by 19th-century British explorer Richard Burton.Read Less
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Another great mystery from Dunning. The world of the bookseller is such a great setting for these mysteries. Highly recommended.
Jul 1, 2007
Mystery, intrigue, romance, chilvary, and even some suprises. The new book collecter, an expoliceman, and circle of friends, also into book collecting, get involved in a mystery scanning generations and uncovering secrets.
Apr 19, 2007
Of all the books in the Cliff Janeway series I liked this one the best. The main story of this book is based on historical happenings which were obviously well researched. Mr Dunning tells the tale in excellent fashion that holds the readers attention to the end. Read this book last, otherwise the rest in the series will seem a bit dull.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-02-16 In Nero Wolfe Award-winner Dunning's third literate entry in his Cliff Janeway series (after Booked to Die and The Bookman's Wake), 90-ish Josephine Gallant persuades the former Denver cop turned antiquarian bookseller to try to recover a rare collection of the works of Richard Burton, "the explorer, not the actor," that once belonged to her grandfather, a faithful traveling companion of Burton. Eager to fulfill his pledge to Ms. Gallant, who expires soon after their meeting, Janeway begins an investigation that takes him to a seedy used bookshop and other strange haunts in Baltimore, where he runs into a shady writer and a gang of thugs who are obviously looking for the same literary treasures. Midway through the often rambling narrative, a flashback to 1860 steps up the pace when Burton undertakes a possible espionage mission to the South for the British prime minister and encounters Captain Abner Doubleday, who solicits his advice on the defense of Fort Sumter. Two well-intentioned women join Janeway for the final search through historic Charleston, with the inevitable romantic interludes. Too many extraneous characters and some tedious dialogue slow the action, but the book-collecting background is sure to appeal to a wide range of mystery readers. (Mar. 9) FYI: Dunning's last novel was Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime (2001), about old-time radio. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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