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The Bookman's Promise (2004)

av John Dunning

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Serier: Cliff Janeway (3)

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Cliff Janeway is back! The Bookman's Promise marks the eagerly awaited return of Denver bookman-author John Dunning and the award-winning crime novel series that helped to turn the nation on to first-edition book collecting. First, it was Booked to Die, then The Bookman's Wake. Now John Dunning fans, old and new, will rejoice in The Bookman's Promise, a richly nuanced new Janeway novel that juxtaposes past and present as Denver ex-cop and bookman Cliff Janeway searches for a book and a killer. The quest begins when an old woman, Josephine Gallant, learns that Janeway has recently bought at auction a signed first edition by the legendary nineteenth-century explorer Richard Francis Burton. The book is a true classic, telling of Burton's journey (disguised as a Muslim) to the forbidden holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The Boston auction house was a distinguished and trustworthy firm, but provenance is sometimes murky and Josephine says the book is rightfully hers. She believes that her grandfather, who was living in Baltimore more than eighty years ago, had a fabulous collection of Burton material, including a handwritten journal allegedly detailing Burton's undercover trip deep into the troubled American South in 1860. Josephine remembers the books from her childhood, but everything mysteriously disappeared shortly after her grandfather's death. With little time left in her own life, Josephine begs for Janeway's promise: he must find her grandfather's collection. It's a virtually impossible task, Janeway suspects, as the books will no doubt have been sold and separated over the years, but how can he say no to a dying woman? It seems that her grandfather, Charlie Warren, traveled south with Burton in the spring of 1860, just before the Civil War began. Was Burton a spy for Britain? What happened during the three months in Burton's travels for which there are no records? How did Charlie acquire his unique collection of Burton books? What will the journal, if it exists, reveal? When a friend is murdered, possibly because of a Burton book, Janeway knows he must find the answers. Someone today is willing to kill to keep the secrets of the past, and Janeway's search will lead him east: To Baltimore, to a Pulitzer Prize-winning author with a very stuffed shirt, and to a pair of unorthodox booksellers. It reaches a fiery conclusion at Fort Sumter off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. What's more, a young lawyer, Erin d'Angelo, and ex-librarian Koko Bujak, have their own reasons for wanting to find the journal. But can Janeway trust them? Rich with the insider's information on rare and collectible books that has made John Dunning famous, and with meticulously researched detail about a mesmerizing figure who may have played an unrecognized role in our Civil War, The Bookman's Promise is riveting entertainment from an extraordinarily gifted author who is as unique and special as the books he so clearly loves.… (mer)
  1. 10
    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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    The Bay Psalm Book Murder av Will Harriss (benjclark)
    benjclark: Protagonist even has the same first name!
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[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

**More great Dunning for book lovers!**

The third book in John Dunning's "Cliff Janeway" series is another compulsive page-turner. If you've only just discovered this author I recommend you start at the beginning with "Booked to Die", although these can probably be read in isolation as well. Watch out for Book 2, "The Bookman's Wake" which gets quite intense on the intricacies of the bookbinding and printing theme. The series are skilfully woven detective novels in their own right... but with a "book collector" theme, book lovers, collectors, and booksellers will just love them!

The Bookman's Promise opens with ex-cop, now recently established bookseller, Cliff Janeway purchasing a rare Richard Burton first edition for the staggering sum of $29,000 at auction! The sale of the book sparks a load of media interest across the US and Janeway gets a lot of calls from chancers hoping to sell him their "Burton" books. Then one day a very frail elderly lady turns up in his Denver bookshop. She's spent her last money on the journey to see him and claims Janeway's recently acquired prize possession as her own!! Her claim is that her grandfather Charles Warren travelled the American South to Charleston with Burton in the tense year before the outbreak of the American Civil War. The lady's health is failing rapidly... but all she's ever wanted is to find the rest of her grandfather's extensive collection of books by, and related to, Richard Burton. Can Janeway help her?

Really good, some great twists. Recommended for all book lovers. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 14, 2020 |
I read the first two books in the series a few years ago and I really liked them. I felt like I was getting an education in the world of rare books. I just found out that there were more books in the series, so I am eager to read them all.
I finally finished reading this book. It took me longer than I thought it would. I really enjoyed the first half of the book. I like the character Janeway, and I find it interesting to learn about the world of booksellers and old books. I think because this was more of a murder mystery and less about rare books, I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed the first two in the series. The first part was interesting, but as we were picking up momentum, the story switched to an extended flashback about the author Richard Burton and his friend Charles. Their story went on way to long for my taste. When they finally got back to the current day story, it got better. The story wrapped up neatly, with a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
BOTTOM-LINE:
Good mystery, but a lot of exposition and slow ending
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Janeway decides to use his finder's fee from the Grayson affair (book #2) to buy one amazing book, paying almost $30K for it at auction. The mystery is about the origins of the book itself, but more about the author himself, an explorer named Richard Burton (not the actor).
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WHAT I LIKED:
After buying the book, Janeway is contacted by an old woman who claims the book was hers once upon a time and subsequently stolen. Janeway believes her, and involves some other people in the story, one of whom ends up dead. There's a killer chasing the book and it leads all the way to the same places the explorer visited in the American South before the US Civil War. Seedy bookdealers, a biographer with a familiar monkey on his back, a family friend with a similar but slightly different monkey. Everyone wants the book, the history, the story, and to own a piece of history.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a lot of exposition in the story. Some of it comes from a woman who did research using hypnosis and tape recordings to recover lost memories, and while it works as a plot device, it could have just as easily been done earlier in the woman's life and without as much page time. In addition, there is a flashback to the people in the Burton story (just before the US Civil War), which happens about the 40% mark and runs about 10-15% of the novel. It's engaging in the first person, but makes for another really long exposition. Finally, the action scene at the end seems more like out of a cheap action movie, and it takes a LONG time to get to the actual action.
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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 7, 2019 |
Cliff Janeway is a book seller. Cliff Janeway was a cop. Both careers merged to create this story. I could not imagine that buying and selling books would involve murder, arson and guns but this book included all that and more. And it didn't disappoint. The writing was extraordinary and the plot intriguing. It also contained a story within the story and even that was very interesting. I just didnt' see the ending coming.
Definitely recommend this title. ( )
  book58lover | Aug 14, 2018 |
# 3 in the series. Maybe it's because I'm reading them "in a row" but I'm getting a little tired of the premise. Or maybe the author is ...

Still recommended, but not as highly as the first two. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 13, 2016 |
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After an eight-year hiatus, author and antiques book collector John Dunning has returned Cliff Janeway --- the tough guy, Denver ex-cop turned bookstore owner and hero of two prior novels, BOOKED TO DIE and THE BOOKMAN'S WAKE --- to his fans.

Janeway is plunged into a new mystery when Josephine Gallant, a frail and dying old woman, is brought to his shop. She had heard Janeway on a radio interview about a rare first edition he had acquired by 19th century explorer Richard Francis Burton. She contends that the book is rightfully hers and was part of a vast collection of her grandfather's. The collection mysteriously disappeared shortly after her grandfather's death, and she has always suspected that a crooked Baltimore bookstore dealer was responsible. None of the books had surfaced in almost 80 years, but she is certain Janeway's new acquisition was part of that collection.

 

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Cliff Janeway is back! The Bookman's Promise marks the eagerly awaited return of Denver bookman-author John Dunning and the award-winning crime novel series that helped to turn the nation on to first-edition book collecting. First, it was Booked to Die, then The Bookman's Wake. Now John Dunning fans, old and new, will rejoice in The Bookman's Promise, a richly nuanced new Janeway novel that juxtaposes past and present as Denver ex-cop and bookman Cliff Janeway searches for a book and a killer. The quest begins when an old woman, Josephine Gallant, learns that Janeway has recently bought at auction a signed first edition by the legendary nineteenth-century explorer Richard Francis Burton. The book is a true classic, telling of Burton's journey (disguised as a Muslim) to the forbidden holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The Boston auction house was a distinguished and trustworthy firm, but provenance is sometimes murky and Josephine says the book is rightfully hers. She believes that her grandfather, who was living in Baltimore more than eighty years ago, had a fabulous collection of Burton material, including a handwritten journal allegedly detailing Burton's undercover trip deep into the troubled American South in 1860. Josephine remembers the books from her childhood, but everything mysteriously disappeared shortly after her grandfather's death. With little time left in her own life, Josephine begs for Janeway's promise: he must find her grandfather's collection. It's a virtually impossible task, Janeway suspects, as the books will no doubt have been sold and separated over the years, but how can he say no to a dying woman? It seems that her grandfather, Charlie Warren, traveled south with Burton in the spring of 1860, just before the Civil War began. Was Burton a spy for Britain? What happened during the three months in Burton's travels for which there are no records? How did Charlie acquire his unique collection of Burton books? What will the journal, if it exists, reveal? When a friend is murdered, possibly because of a Burton book, Janeway knows he must find the answers. Someone today is willing to kill to keep the secrets of the past, and Janeway's search will lead him east: To Baltimore, to a Pulitzer Prize-winning author with a very stuffed shirt, and to a pair of unorthodox booksellers. It reaches a fiery conclusion at Fort Sumter off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. What's more, a young lawyer, Erin d'Angelo, and ex-librarian Koko Bujak, have their own reasons for wanting to find the journal. But can Janeway trust them? Rich with the insider's information on rare and collectible books that has made John Dunning famous, and with meticulously researched detail about a mesmerizing figure who may have played an unrecognized role in our Civil War, The Bookman's Promise is riveting entertainment from an extraordinarily gifted author who is as unique and special as the books he so clearly loves.

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