Friday, December 28, 2007

The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning

Title: The Bookman’s Wake
Author: John Dunning
# pages: 351
Date published: 1995
Genre: mystery
Challenge(s): Series challenge

Setting: North Bend and Seattle, WA

First Sentence: The man in St. Louis died sometime during the afternoon as near as the coroner could figure it.

Cover Blurb: Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman 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 vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book finder.

Janeway is intrigued by the woman -- and by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Hunted by people willing to kill for the antique tome, a terrified Eleanor escapes and disappears. To find her -- and save her -- Janeway must unravel the secrets of the book's past and its mysterious maker, for only then can he stop the hand of death from turning another page....

Reason for Reading: The second book in the Janeway bookman series

Random Thoughts: Great twists and turns

Favorite quote: “The fire had eaten the tape, but the chimney had gagged on the words. They hung in the air and chilled the morning.” (p. 212)

Rating: 3.5/5 (very good)

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