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

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

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Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book

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Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book finder.

Janeway is intrigued by the woman -- and by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Hunted by people willing to kill for the antique tome, a terrified Eleanor escapes and disappears. To find her -- and save her -- Janeway must unravel the secrets of the book's past and its mysterious maker, for only then can he stop the hand of death from turning another page....

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439117323
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Cliff Janeway Series , #2
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
171,493
File size:
3 MB

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; 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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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