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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0078XGE02
- Publisher : Scribner; Reissue edition (August 21, 2012)
- Publication date : August 21, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 3114 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 450 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1501142852
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #457,029 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Cliff Janeway is back, lured by an enterprising (and suspicious) ex-cop to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven.' The bail jumper turns out to be a young, vulnerable woman who calls herself 'Eleanor Rigby, and who turns out to be a gifted book scout (she taught Janeway a few trucks about book scouting)" The note goes on to say that Janeway is intrigued by Eleanor, and also by the people who are pursuing her to retrieve the book. I recommend this book to readers who don't mind thinking while thy read. All others would do well to stay away.
The story starts out with a promising intro, some interesting characters and a decent setup. Then it gets uncomfortable and pedantic as characters lie to each other at every possible turn in between lecturing about the value of collectible books. As a reader I tend to find book collectors annoying anyway. For me the true value is in the story; any thing else and you may as well be collecting tea towels or bowling cards. There's just no added romance to "this is more valuable because there's a typo on page 48." And that's what this story hinges on. It gets old, too.
Yes, I liked learning about the publishing business, but that wasn't why I bought the book. And the mystery part of a little unrealistic and then there were parts that just didn't hang together. Like someone else, when I got to the part where the main character used a tampon to stop the bleeding from an abdomen wound and tied it up by using a shirt for a chasity belt and the woman lived for two hours before being airlifted from atop a mountain where during the action they were getting very spotty radio coverage? Sorry, it didn't ring true to me and if a mystery doesn't feel and read true, its fantasy.
This book was a fun read. The reason I picked up the series to begin with was because they are books about books; the author's love for and knowledge of books shines through. The first in the series was a foray into the book collecting world while this book is about a small time publisher who took the time to develop and design his own fonts for each publication. He put the true craftsman's touch into each of his very limited run of books, making them instant collectors pieces. Intrigue surrounds The Raven edition, thought by many not to exist; wherever rumors of the book go, so does trouble.
My favorite quote from the book: "The camera would miss it all. A magnificent picture is never worth a thousand perfect words."