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The Bookman's Wake (1995)

av John Dunning

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Serier: Cliff Janeway (2)

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Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book finder. Janeway is intrigued by the woman -- and by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Hunted by people willing to kill for the antique tome, a terrified Eleanor escapes and disappears. To find her -- and save her -- Janeway must unravel the secrets of the book's past and its mysterious maker, for only then can he stop the hand of death from turning another page....… (mer)
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    Bokad för mord av Marco Page (benjclark)
    benjclark: If you like John Dunning, allow me to reccomend Marco Page's Fast Company. Out of print, but that shouldn't stop you. It's in a similar vein to Dunning's Bookman series, but set in 1938. Well, it was written in 1938.
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This series isn't too bad. Being from Denver and remembering it way back when, it is interesting. As for the girl Eleanor, she was such a pain she seemed hardly worth all the trouble Janeway took to keeping her safe.

The obsession with the Grayson books - totally over the top but I suppose it could happen. It made for an interesting story.

As for Cliff Janeway, I kinda like him and I kinda don't. Not a guy I'd fall for, I know that. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

**Good, clever... but not as gripping as the first one!**

This is the second novel in John Dunning's "Cliff Janeway" series of crime novels, following the superb "Booked to Die".

This novel had a lot to live up to from the start, following the excellent debut "Booked to Die". Incidentally, you really need the background from the first book in the series, before you even think about reading this one, so I recommend you read "Booked to Die" first.

It's good. If you are a "book person" and interested in the collectable nature of books, as well as reading them, then you should enjoy this. The plot is very clever, but it is intricate, and there is less variety than in book one. There is just a single thread running through this one so you do need to concentrate, and to keep a handle on what's going on you really need to read it over a relatively short space of time.

Good, but without the quality of book one. However, I'm still looking forward to reading the next one.... ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 14, 2020 |
The very GOOD sequel to Booked to Die For. Fascinating information about book collecting wrapped into a good mystery story. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
BOTTOM-LINE:
An excellent mystery, with a little too much backstory in places.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Cliff gets offered a bounty-hunter job by a low-life ex-cop PI-wannabe and he is all prepared to say no -- except the skip's name is Eleanor Rigby and she is running out on a burglary charge, after breaking and entering to steal a rare book. Cliff is hooked.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story takes awhile to get going, and the opening prologue refers to a 20-year-old killing spree so you know there's a story buried somewhere, all tied to the rare book. The book covers the history of a slightly-mad printer/publisher who created Grayson Press, a creator of fabulous beautiful books in limited runs up until he died in a fire that destroyed the company. And some books that he may or may not have published before the fire. Truly rare birds. Add in some characters like the sleazy PI, Eleanor herself, a biographer with a monkey on his back, and a reporter with the same monkey, and Janeway has some fun. There are two scenes where the life of the book scout comes alive, one spending a day in Seattle's book biz looking for books and one where some biographical info of Grayson's turns up. You feel almost breathless, just as Janeway does. And somewhere in the midst of all of it is a serial murderer.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The story lags in a few places, including complicated personal stories around the Grayson biographical info, and an extra action scene or two that are unwarranted simply because they do nothing to advance the story. The final wrap-up is a bit too formulaic in delivering some action, but it gets the job done.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Apr 6, 2019 |
Cliff Janeway is a former Denver cop turned antiquarian bookseller. The mystery in this, the second in the series, revolves around the defunct Grayson Press, a small press that published limited editions. The owner was a brilliant book designer who even designed and made his own type. The press became defunct when he died in a fire twenty years before the book begins. Now Grayson's beautiful limited editions are extremely valuable. The most valuable being his edition of [The Raven]. When a Grayson book is stolen from a home in Taos, the young woman charged with theft and attempted murder fails to show up in court. When she's found in Seattle, Janeway gets involved by accepting the job to escort her back to Taos. It didn't turn out to be the simple job he expected.

John Dunning was an antiquarian book dealer in Denver for many years. His knowledge of the collectible book business is evident as is his knowledge of how a small press making limited editions works. Unfortunately those two things cause the greatest flaws with the book, he goes into excruciating detail that isn't really necessary to the plot and tires, even bores the most interested reader. I liked the complex mystery and the characters are well done as is the setting. And yes, I really do like the collectible book business angle, I would just like stronger editing. ( )
  clue | Mar 17, 2019 |
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Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book finder. Janeway is intrigued by the woman -- and by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Hunted by people willing to kill for the antique tome, a terrified Eleanor escapes and disappears. To find her -- and save her -- Janeway must unravel the secrets of the book's past and its mysterious maker, for only then can he stop the hand of death from turning another page....

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