The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Book Mystery

The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Book Mystery

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by Thomas Shawver
     
 

In this smart, fast-paced mystery debut, Thomas Shawver introduces a charming, unlikely hero from the rarefied world of antique books.
 
Book merchant Michael Bevan arrives at the Kansas City auction house hoping to uncover some hidden literary gold. Though the auction ad had mentioned erotica, Michael is amazed to find lovely Japanese Shunga scrolls…  See more details below

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In this smart, fast-paced mystery debut, Thomas Shawver introduces a charming, unlikely hero from the rarefied world of antique books.
 
Book merchant Michael Bevan arrives at the Kansas City auction house hoping to uncover some hidden literary gold. Though the auction ad had mentioned erotica, Michael is amazed to find lovely Japanese Shunga scrolls and a first edition of a novel by French author Colette with an inscription by Ernest Hemingway. This one item alone could fetch a small fortune in the right market.
 
As Michael and fellow dealer Gareth Hughes are warming up for battle, a stranger comes out of nowhere and outbids them—to the tune of sixty grand. But Gareth is unwilling to leave the auction house empty-handed, so he steals two volumes, including the Colette novel. When Gareth is found dead the next day, Michael quickly becomes the prime suspect: Not only had the pair been tossed out of a bar mid-fistfight the night before, but there is evidence from Michael’s shop at the crime scene.
 
Now the attorney-turned-bookman must find out who wanted the Colette so badly that they would kill for it—and frame Michael. Desperate to stay out of police custody, Michael follows the murderer’s trail into the wealthiest echelons of the city, where power and influence meet corruption—and mystery and eroticism are perverted by pure evil. Unfortunately for Michael, one dead book dealer is only the opening chapter in a terrifying tale of high culture and lowlifes.

Praise for The Dirty Book Murder
 
“A page-turner . . . gripping and engaging . . . or, as dealers rate rare books, definitely VF—Very Fine!”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand mysteries
 
“An antique book auction, complex characters driven by greed, and bittersweet family tensions come together in this atmospheric thriller. Readers of crime fiction will enjoy the ride and look forward to bookstore owner Michael Bevan’s next adventure.”—Sally Goldenbaum, bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters series

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804179270
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
Rare Book Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
46,616
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Shawver is a former marine officer, lawyer, and journalist with American City Business Journals. An avid rugby player and international traveler, Shawver owned Bloomsday Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City.

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The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Book Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
An eccentric main character named, Mike whose vast knowledge of rare books has him in the middle of a murder mystery where he's the prime suspect.  Mike is a complex man. He's certainly no angel but he's trying to right his wrongs. Accompanying Mike is a menagerie of equally interesting and unique characters. There are other biblophiles along with a movie star and of course a very bad person – well, a few.  I am always a fan of an author who can inject humor at the most inconvenient times. When a moment is too tense there's humor. It's not enough to defuse the situation but enough to draw me closer to the character and make each new scene where he's in trouble hard to put down.  It's not a long read, I devoured this beauty in just two days. “Dirty Book Murder” provides a mystery, a complicated family relationship and an interesting set of characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book for cozy mystery readers . Very dark. Plot was great,a bit predictable at times, but well written.
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It started off really well got a little lurid for my taste. But some parts were laugh out loud funny. I would read another by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LoVe This book Its SO smart
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learned about books & muder in this one. Would read more of the author's work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This usually in a series gradually becomes more and more until i stop reading the author and never buy borrow until i cant stand any more. This first in the series is over my tolerance level will not bother to sample others in future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to read it but I'm just a kid so it might be to complacaded for me. It sounds like a really good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And i am a slow reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gracie?