Booked to Die

John Dunning, Author Scribner Book Company $24 (288p) ISBN 978-0-684-19383-0
Denver cop and rare book collector Cliff Janeway is introduced in this engrossing whodunit from two-time Edgar nominee Dunning. A sensitive and introspective sort, Janeway chafes in the hard-edged role of law enforcer so often demanded of him. When a down-on-his-luck book scout named Bobby Westfall is murdered, Cliff at first suspects local thug and personal nemesis Jackie Newton. Newton's girlfriend, a victim of physical abuse, makes Cliff more determined than ever to nail Newton. Sensitivity notwithstanding, he goes after his quarry with both fists cocked and both barrels aimed, neglecting any semblance of correct police procedure. This ironic twist shapes the plot as Janeway delves further into his city's antiquarian book trade, whose practitioners display an expertise exceeded only by their greed. Crisp, direct prose and nearly pitch-perfect dialogue enhance this meticulously detailed page-turner. Mystery Guild alternate; paperback rights to Avon. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 374 pages - 978-0-380-71883-2
Hardcover - 552 pages - 978-0-7089-5836-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages - 978-0-7434-1065-6
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-20578-8
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-5011-4725-8
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