The Bookman's Wake (Cliff Janeway Series #2)

The Bookman's Wake (Cliff Janeway Series #2)

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by John Dunning, George Guidall
     
 

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The story starts and ends, aptly with a book, a very special book: a 1969 edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, published by the tiny, prestigious Grayson Press, of Northbend, Washington. No bibliography mentions the 1969 edition. If it indeed exists, it could be worth a fortune to the right collector. It's the kind of book somebody might kill for. In fact, somebody…  See more details below

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The story starts and ends, aptly with a book, a very special book: a 1969 edition of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, published by the tiny, prestigious Grayson Press, of Northbend, Washington. No bibliography mentions the 1969 edition. If it indeed exists, it could be worth a fortune to the right collector. It's the kind of book somebody might kill for. In fact, somebody probably already has. Ex-Denver cop Cliff Janeway is happily at work selling rare and used books when one day a former police colleague, Clydell Slater, arrives with an offer. Janeway never did much care for Slater, and he doesn't like him any better now, but Slater's proposal is intriguing. Slater runs a detective agency, and he wants Janeway to go to Seattle to pick up a young woman fugitive and deliver her to her bail bondsman and a district court in Taos, New Mexico. The woman is wanted for burglary and assault. She may also have stolen a copy of the 1969 Grayson Press Raven when she ransacked a Taos house. The rare-book angle gets to Janeway every time. He could say no to a five thousand-dollar fee, even though the money could buy him some special books, but he couldn't turn down a chance to find a hitherto unknown copy of The Raven. Janeway flies to Seattle, finds his "skip," discovers she shares his love of books, takes her on a scouting expedition through some of the city's best rare-book haunts, then loses her on the way to the airport. She's young and frightened, alone on the streets of a big city with some very nasty men after her. Janeway signed onto the case because of a book, but he stays because of a vulnerable young woman whose heart belongs to books, but whose eyes are filled with pain. He will discover not only her story, but the poignant tale of a once-great small press, where paper and ink became books in the hands of a master craftsman.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the long-awaited sequel to Booked to Die, Denver policeman-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is hired by sleazy ex-cop Clydell Slater to retrieve Eleanor Rigby (really), who has jumped bail and fled to Seattle. Things get complicated when she turns out to be young, pretty and a talented book scout. The latter, almost by itself, seems to convince Janeway that she is innocent. Rigby may have the key to the location of a previously unknown fine press edition of Poe's The Raven. When Eleanor disappears, Janeway teams up with reporter Trish Aandahl, biographer of the Grayson brothers, who produced the rare Poe volume. Aandahl is convinced the brothers were both murdered over 20 years ago. To find Eleanor and The Raven, Janeway and Aandahl must connect the killing of the brothers with five other violent deaths. Dragging at the narrative are frequent long passages that either provide extensive background or serve to show off Janeway's bookhunting knowledge. While not uninteresting, these sections interrupt the novel's flow. Readers who loved the first Janeway appearance may find this entry somewhat disappointing. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Unexpected danger and chilling intrigue attend a Denver bookstore owner's trip to Seattle for the purpose of escorting a purported book thief to jail. Ex-cop Cliff Janeway, introduced in Booked To Die (Scribner, 1992), agrees to act as bounty hunter only because of his interest in rare books; he soon realizes, however, that his employer has a hidden agenda involving the years-ago murder of two brothers who were owners of a publishing company known for its limited editions. Seattle marks the beginning of Janeway's physical and mental journey, a quest described with finely textured prose, knowledgeable bibliographical details, and full-bodied characterization. A definite plus for any collection.
From the Publisher
Boston Sunday Globe Magazine Not only kept me up far too late one night, but got me up two hours early the next morning.

Associated Press Stunning.

Kirkus Reviews Mad, fantastical, and darkly original. Bookbinding has never been so compelling.

The Denver Post Nail-biting suspense.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788704147
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/01/1900
Series:
Cliff Janeway Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

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 of 1995; and the New York Times and Book Sense 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 is also an expert on American radio history, authoring On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Visit his website at www.oldalgonquin.com.

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The Bookman's Wake (Cliff Janeway Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dunning brings the rare book market to life with intrigue and suspense. Janeway is a great balance of an investigator and a book collector/seller. One wonders which one constitutes moonlighting. We find ourselves looking for first editions now.
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Ok but tedious. All you want to know about collectable books.
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Zenqual More than 1 year ago
So good I've been lending my Nook so other could enjoy too!
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beachpolly More than 1 year ago
for book collectors
fastfred1 More than 1 year ago
This Bookman story was as good as you could wish for, all the bookman series have been well written and page turners
Goulu More than 1 year ago
A well written story though it gets off to a very slow start. Mr. Dunning spends a lot of time bringing the reader up to speed on what makes a valuable book discovery, printing, etc. Though essential to the story, it is weighty information that could be woven into the story as the story unfolds. However once the reader gets beyond this material, the writing becomes less heavy and very engaging.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dunning comes through with another Janeway pageturner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant anyone use the old ###+$% ? Had expected more from this and dont expect to bother with the next and archieved . Wont borrow the next as each one will have to add more violence to keep interest up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many unpleasant people events descriptions. You want to like something or someone and i didnt care much for the book talk made me want to go and write my name and comments in all my books too and i think i have a first edition with bookcover and illustrations a sci fi. If you dont read it why have it? Collections can be a mortal sin e g coveting. Have 800 books on nook includes collected works of and a many shelves home library of classics mysteries and few authors make it there anymore sc or hc new or used. Page counter