The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel

John Dunning, Author
John Dunning, Author . Scribner $25 (337p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8945-0
Reviewed on: 03/27/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006

Bestseller Dunning scores another triumph with his fifth mystery (after 2005's The Sign of the Book ) to feature Cliff Janeway, a former homicide detective who has found a second career as an antiquarian book dealer but who hasn't quite lost his taste for police work. Janeway receives an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to come to Idaho to appraise his book collection, but by the time Janeway arrives, his host is dead. He winds up tracking down some rare volumes that have vanished and probing the decades-old death of Geiger's wife, a wealthy heiress who collected valuable juvenile fiction. When a fresh body turns up and Janeway himself almost falls victim to a killer, the bibliophile detective finds that his decision to pursue the truth puts him at odds with his longstanding significant other. Dunning's exceptional gifts at plotting and characterization should help win him many new readers, while the horse-racing angle is sure to lure Dick Francis fans. (May)

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