Rare book dealer and relentless private eye Cliff Janeway unravels a deadly plot marked by stolen classics and stable secrets in Dunning's latest bestselling mystery, now available in a Premium Edition.Rare book dealer and relentless private eye Cliff Janeway unravels a deadly plot marked by stolen classics and stable secrets in Dunning's latest bestselling mystery, now available in a Premium Edition.Read Less
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This book just doesn't measure up to Dunning's past work. Very poorly edited (repetitve to a fault!) and the story drags. Sorry Mr. Dunning, but this one just doesn't cut it.
Jul 2, 2007
An Unfortunate Detour
There's a scene in TBWLF where the protagonist, staking out a suspect in thrift shop, is momentarily torn between surveillance and a possible rare MacDonald novel on the shelf next to him. These are the moments booklovers have grown to cherish in the Janeway series. In this latest installment, however, these "book moments" are all too few.
Like his hero Cliff Janeway (who mulls giving up books and returning to policework full time), the author seems to be fighting his own boredom and restlessness. He's exploring new territory here but strays from the formula we've grown to love. While I certainly respect an author's need to grow, there's plenty of Dick Francis wannabes out there and precious few bookmen.
We can only hope that Dunning and his hero rediscover their passion and once again roam dusty thrift stores and dark rooms in search of rare books and rarer stories.
May 31, 2007
Not Dunning's Best
Finished Bookwoman's Last Fling last night. It came out last year, and I must not have been paying attention, becuase I hadn't heard of it until a couple weeks ago. After reading it, I think I know why I hadn't heard anything about it.
My review: It was ok. Not Dunning's best effort. It seemed like he had a a few chapters sitting around on horseracing and a plot with the Dunning bad-guy twist laying around, so he just padded it out to a whole book. It was filled with starts and stops, where things would get good and interesting, even exciting, then... .... several chapters where nothing happens... It also got a bit repetitive, which may be a better reflection of what real detective work is like... but it makes for unexiting reading. One other criticism, he could have streamlined his cast a bit. There are several (minor) characters who only add bulk, instead of move the story along, or are used in any real way.
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