Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Series #1)

Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Series #1)

by John Dunning
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Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Series #1) by John Dunning

Booked to Die, the first book in John Dunning’s bestselling, award-winning Cliff Janeway series, is “a joy to read for its wealth of inside knowledge about the antiquarian book business and its eccentric traders” (The New York Times Book Review).

Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway may not always play by the book, but he’s an avid collector of rare and first editions. Bobby Westfall is a local bookscout, a gentle and quiet man who has sold enough valuable books to keep himself and his cats fed and housed. When Bobby is murdered, Janeway would like nothing better than to rearrange the suspect’s spine. But the suspect, local lowlife Jackie Newton, is a master at eluding the law, and Janeway’s wrathful brand of off-duty justice costs him his badge.

Turning to his lifelong passion, Janeway opens a small bookshop—all the while searching for evidence to put Newton away. When prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now Janeway’s life is about to change in profound and shocking ways as he attempts to find out who’s dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains.

“One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read” (The Denver Post), Booked to Die is the first in the Cliff Janeway series. It is “a standout piece of crime fiction…Compelling page-turning stuff” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439117293
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: Cliff Janeway Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 110,498
File size: 2 MB

About 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

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Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Janus More than 1 year ago
First of all, it is important to point out that the actual mystery part of this book is not terribly original or thrilling. You don't read it for that though. You read this book for its shameless indulgence of bibliomania and book collecting. I actually learned quite a bit from this book about book collecting. If you fancy yourself a bit of a bibliophile, then I can certainly suggest Booked to Die.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read this series in trade paperback a year or so ago. I felt at that time that John Dunning was so jaded a/o cynical that he'd never allow them to become e-books. Wasn't I surprized. In Cliff Janeway, Dunning gets a voice that I believe is how he might feel about life in general. When I read them before, I kept feeling that he was kind of channeling Raymond Chandler or Dashell Hammit, and that in another life, Cliff Janeway would sound like Humphry Bogart as Sam Spade. A burnt-out cop takes the law into his own hands to save someone. Why not, he's ready to change careers. The fallout sends him into the workd of used books. The characters he meets are as crazy as the ones he's met as a cop, with more nooks and crannies than they had ever had. All for the love of books, or maybe the mysteries that surround them. Duning has a wonderful character in Cliff Janeway. In no way is this book claasified as a "cosy mystery" but books/series like this were the bellewether for that genre. I just wish they were so cynical
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding look into the oft insane world of book collecting with a great ending. Dunning packs a punch like O. Henry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all who love books and a good mystery!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am pretty good at figuring out mystery novels. However, this one really caught me.Right up until the last page, I was stumped. What a good book! Constantly twisting and turning. I hope Dunning writes many, many more of Cliff Janeway novels.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Recommended by a friend. Sucked me right in. Like that it is set in Denver.
ryanphoffmann88 3 months ago
I picked up this book and decided to read it. It has a good hook to the book for book lovers: a cop quits the force, and decides to open up a bookstore, while investigating a murder of a local bookseller. Cliff Janeway, is a Denver area homicide detective straight out a crime novel. he's a good cop, good at what he does, but not so much a good person. the only thing, Cliff loves more then being a cop is his book collection. He's a bookman through and through. One night, Cliff gets called to a crime scene and immediately recognizes the victim as a local book scout. The have the guy in costudy and he's a creep but not the killer. Cliff starts to follow the case but then does a few questionable things that leads him to being yanked form the case and form his position on the force. He retires to the simple life og a bookseller and like a detective in a film noir, he decides to go after the crooks, find who did this whatever means necessary, some of them not legal. The book is good, and has a rough, crime story, but not as dark. the characters are written very well, and the setting is good, a little dark and gritty.
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slow beginning, gets much better,give it a 3 star rating out of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts are good reading, but others are superfluous, totally unnecessary.
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Max is so awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or my bookstore new or used. We buy a book to read and all else could be a commandment e g. Not covet. While i recycle all s c and h c books would hesitate just where to drop this off county jail senior center boys and girls club church community room books share with my friend used book shop for credit fortunately the nearest just had a tent sale of 30 000 books buska