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Booked to Die by John Dunning

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction: Bibliomystery. Paperback from Simon & Schuster. Published in 1992. 394 pages. From Paperbackswap.com.

I mentioned previously that I had started a book about books and given up on it (Books by Barry McMurty). I did glean one good thing from it: the discovery that there are “bibliomysteries”. Booked to Die was the one I found available at Paperbackswap, so it ended up being my first forray into mysteries set in the book world. I must admit that I enjoyed the story because books are mentioned a lot, not because I have any insider knowledge about collecting rare books (or even any desire to do so). Not knowing about book collecting did not make this book less entertaining, though I’m sure if you do know about rare books it would add to the fun.

Publisher’s Summary:

Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway may not always play by the book, but he is an avid collector of rare and first editions. After a local bookscout is killed on his turf, 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. But when prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now, Janeway’s life is about to start a precarious new chapter as he attempts to find out who’s dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains.

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