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John Dunning has revealed some of book collecting’s most shocking secrets in his bestselling series of crime novels featuring Cliff Janeway: Booked to Die, which won the prestigious Nero Wolfe award; The Bookman’s Wake, a New York Times Notable Book; and the New York Times bestsellers The Bookman’s Promise, The Sign of the Book, and The Bookwoman’s Last Fling. He is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Deadline, The Holland Suggestions, and Two O’Clock, Eastern Wartime. An expert on rare and collectible books, he owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years. He lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit OldAlgonquin.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Original ed. edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451626134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451626131
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Frederick A. Smith on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I debated with myself for a few days about writing this review. I really liked John Dunning's previous works, and looked forward to this novel with great anticipation. After finishing it, I didn't want the only review of this work to be negative; but since no one else has written one, I will start.
There is no need for a "Spoiler Alert" about how the book ends; because it realy doesn't have an ending. It just kind of stops. There are a lot of open issues that go unresolved.
There are too many characters for any of them to be developed successfully.
One relatively major character in the beginning of the novel sort of disappears, and never shows up again except in letters written to his father.
Others have their lives ended in ways that don't seem to be "in character", or plausible.
In my opinion, there were too many vignettes and encounters that added nothing to the novel (i.e. Calvin Coolidge), and took up pages that could have been better served on a more satisfying conclusion, or explanations for some other character's behavior.
It was a hate filled, corrupt and bleak time; but I got that in about 100 pages. The rest was just "piling on", for no apparent reason.
I hope someone else will read, and comment on this book; because Dunning is better than this, and maybe I missed the point.
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I really got caught up in this book. Yes, there are a lot of characters, but they are listed at the beginning, and if you get confused about who's who, it's easy to flip back and refresh your memory. I often have to do this for myself with other books. The book is relavatory about the KKK and the way it operated in Denver in the 1920s. Another reviewer said the book doesn't end, but just stops. That's the way life is. There were many resolutions, some characters were dead, but life would continue on for those remaining. I often stop reading a book if it doesn't hold my interest. This is one I picked up every chance I got, and at one point I was begging a character, "No, no - don't get on that train."
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I have read a lot of Dunning and especially like his novels about books, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this one available in expensively in digital. I managed about 25 pages before giving up. The tipping point came when the author wrote, in reference to an upcoming KKK rally in Denver, that WASPs read about it with interest and everyone else with fear. Wondering why it was so uninteresting with multitudes
of characters I checked the copyright date: 1980. This is an early novel, before Dunning mastered his craft. It is not worth trying and I would like my money back.
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Everything I have read by John Dunning is masterfully crafted. Has he stopped writing? What a loss if he has.
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