Bookman's Wake, The: a Mystery with Cliff Janeway(J3017)

by John Dunning | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0671567829 Global Overview for this book
Registered by MRJIGGS of St. Louis, Missouri USA on 6/13/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by MRJIGGS from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
paperback
432pp
published, 1996

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Few novels have been as eagerly awaited as John Dunning's sequel to the award-winning Booked to Die, which was hailed by critics and readers for both its powerful writing and its fascinating glimpse into the world of rare book collecting. Now, Denver cop-turned-book-dealer Cliff Janeway is back, lured by an enterprising ex-cop 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 young, vulnerable woman who calls herself Eleanor Rigby, and who happens to be a gifted book scout. Janeway finds Eleanor enchanting — and is equally intrigued by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Stalked by people willing to kill to get their hands on it, a terrified Eleanor slips from Janeway's grasp and disappears. To find her, Janeway must unravel the secrets surrounding the book and its mysterious maker, for only this knowledge can stop the cruel hand of death from turning another page....

About the Author:
John Dunning's previous Cliff Janeway novel, Booked to Die, won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award and was voted "Favorite Book to Sell in 1992" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. His novels Looking for Ginger North and Deadline were both Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees. An expert on rare and collectible books, Dunning owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years before opening an appointment-only, first-edition business. He is also a radio historian and former radio show host, and has just completed a comprehensive history of radio scheduled for publication in 1996. He lives in Denver.

FROM THE CRITICS
Publishers 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.

Released 15 yrs ago (6/19/2006 UTC) at Controlled Release in -- Controlled Releases --, South Australia Australia

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mailed to Australian BCing Convention 6/06 Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by ADCON from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Sunday, July 30, 2006
MrJiggs has been most generous posting books across the waves to lil ol Adelaide. Hopefully this book can find new and interested and interesting readers soon

Journal Entry 4 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, November 6, 2006
I picked this book up at the Adelaide BC Convention. It looks like my sort of book although I am a bit disappointed to find that perhaps I should have read one before it. No matter. I'll reserve judgement.

The convention was a resounding success. Anyone who sent books across for this can be well pleased with the way it was run and the way the books were displayed so people like me could pick up books that possible appeal.

MrJiggs - if you are reading this and feel like coming to the next NZ BC Convention beng held in Wellington in Feb 2007 you'd be very welcome.

Please check out our developing website to read all about us.
http://www.freewebs.com/nzbxingconvention2007/

I'll write an entry when I've read this book.

Journal Entry 5 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, November 20, 2006
I've finished this book - would like to give it 8 and 1/2 stars. Really enjoyed it. Loved all the detail about the book printing and publishing world. At times I found it difficult to keep all the characters separated in my mind at the same time especially with the Grayson and Gaston names being slightly similar, and the familiar association with the name Eleanor Rigby. It was a very complicated plot but hung together well.

This was a new author for me and I was delighted to learn that he's written several others - I've added them to the wishlist on my Bookshelf page - couldnt' get Cliff's list to work for me.

Journal Entry 6 by wingEdwardstreetwing from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Caught at Wellington Meet up, will release at Wellington Convention in February

Journal Entry 7 by carnelian-rune from Stratford, Taranaki New Zealand on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Passed to me by EdwardStreet at the 2007 NZ Bookcrossing convention. That's all for now, as it is getting late and I'm supposed to be sleeping.

Journal Entry 8 by carnelian-rune from Stratford, Taranaki New Zealand on Saturday, October 13, 2007
Another cracker from John Dunning. This time Cliff Janeway is talked into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for possible theft of a rare book, a book with a deadly history. When the bail-jumper gives him the slip and disappears, the only way Janeway can find her again is to locate the book, and figure out the secrets of its mysterious past.

I took this book to work with me, probably not a good idea. I spent far too much time sneaking an extra page here and there, and got less work done than I should have. Add that to the late nights and, well, you probably get the idea.

Journal Entry 9 by HallieK from Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, November 4, 2007
Got this in the mail this weekend and can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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