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Denver cop and rare book collector Cliff Janeway is introduced in this engrossing whodunit from two-time Edgar nominee Dunning.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dunning, twice nominated for the Edgar (a pair of paperbacks), deserves to win one for this Denver cop-turned-bookman tale--a lively, seductive primer on how to open a bookstore, spot a first edition, warehouse it, price it, and enjoy it for its own sake. Cliff Janeway quits the force when he is suspended pending the outcome of brutality charges brought by his nemesis, Jackie Newton. Long a collector and frequenter of Denver's Book Row, Janeway rents space, hires the charmingly efficient Miss Pride as his assistant, and opens Twice Told Books. And, on his own time, works on a case that the Denver force has no leads on: the murder of book scout Bobby Westfall. As Janeway goes deeper and deeper into the book business, he manages to pinpoint Bobby's last day--the book dealers he sold to, the collector he bought from, and the big score he was double-crossed out of. Then a book-scout friend of Bobby's and the estimable Miss Pride are executed at Twice Told Books, and Janeway ups his investigative pace, which involves meetings (and romance) with a highly secretive rare-book dealer; scrutiny of a collection appraisal; and schmoozing with the owners along Book Row, until an alibi, like some book spines, cracks. Janeway, who can be tough, sensitive, and passionate, is a credible hero, both as cop and as book-lover. Moreover, the mystery holds its own with the atmospherics. Happily for fans, Dunning, a rare-book dealer himself, plans further Janeway books. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
after reading "Book Woman's Last Fling", I was disappointed in John Dunning's other "Bookman" novels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice Smith
I've been reading this series for about 15 years. I hope there is another one.Published 1 month ago by katwalk34
if you are a lover of books and a book collector such as myself, this novel is for you. It is the first in a series featuring a cop turned rare book dealer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeffrey
Great mystery set in Denver. The characters are interesting, the plot is not predictable, and the use of Denver as a backdrop for the used booked collector theme works. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Shaiken
Dunning at his best. The protagonist, Cliff Janeway, is a guy all the fellas want to be. And a guy all the gals want to be with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by EVEL 1
Dunning is another favorite writer. It is easy to recommend his work.Published 5 months ago by Stephan P. Clarke
John dunning might be the best mystery writer I have EVER read. I have read all his Janeway books and now I just can't find another book or author quite as good.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer