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The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning

The Bookman's Wake (1995)

by John Dunning

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Series: Cliff Janeway (2)

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    Fast Company by Marco Page (benjclark)
    benjclark: If you like John Dunning, allow me to reccomend Marco Page's Fast Company. Out of print, but that shouldn't stop you. It's in a similar vein to Dunning's Bookman series, but set in 1938. Well, it was written in 1938.

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I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars but went with a 3 because overall this is a very interesting read but with flaws! Dunning is a bit didactic at times when he focuses too long on the rare book trade and production of books. While interesting, it detracted from the plot. Elenore disappears too easily from the action as well, and becomes an afterthought. ( )
  KarenRinn | Nov 2, 2013 |
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
I did not like this book as much as other people. Just could not sink my teeth into it. ( )
  catsinstacks | Aug 2, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
The Bookman’s Wake is the second in John Dunning’s Cliff Janeway series. Cliff is approached by a former colleague from the Denver PD to bring back a skip from Seattle. The only reason he agrees is that he’ll be paid $5000 and there’s a book angle: the skip, Eleanor Rigby, has stolen a rare edition of Poe’s The Raven, published by the famous and now deceased Darryl Grayson. Of course, nothing is as it seems: Eleanor is being stalked by a dark figure and Cliff soon realises he is really meant to find the elusive book. After he manages to “lose” Eleanor on his way to the airport, he joins forces with Trish Aandahl, the journalist who chronicled the life if the Grayson brothers after their deaths in a printery fire, which seemed suspicious at the time, to try to track down Eleanor and solve the mystery surrounding the Graysons and their books. Filled with fascinating tidbits about book publishing, book scouting, book binding and what makes a book rare and valuable, this novel has a great plot with plenty of twists, as well as some interesting characters and realistic dialogue. This was a great read and I look forward to the next in the series, The Bookman’s Promise. ( )
  CloggieDownunder | Mar 16, 2012 |
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To Jack Kisling of Hairline Press, who navigates
with a steady hand the eddies and shoals
of the printshop.
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Slater wasn't my kind of cop.
The young endure and hope, until suddenly they're forty and time isn't what it once was. The old suffer and save their hopes for the real things in life --- a high, dry present and a quiet place to die.
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John Dunning (1942- ), an American writer of detective fiction
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The sequel to the popular Booked to Die. Cliff Janeway, Denver cop-turned-book-dealer, finds himself chasing down a charming young fugitive named Eleanor Rigby, who has stolen a rare copy of Poe's "The Raven" for reasons of her own. Trouble follows, and Eleanor disappears into a city filled with people who want the book, and don't care what they have to do to get it. Stuffed with fascinating book lore, this mystery is a bibliophile's dream.

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Cliff Janeway goes to Seattle in search of a fugitive named Eleanor Rigby, a talented book scout with ties to a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."

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