When Good Advice, New Mexico's Lloyd Fister is found murdered on his library floor, ex-detective turned rare book collector Avery Sharecross is called upon to assist with the investigation, but he only has one clue to work with: a missing volume of a Spanish book with an intriguing past.
L. J. Ganser's nimble, stirring performance perfectly captures the humble small-town spirit of Good Advice and enlivens Estleman's lean, hard-boiled prose in this thoroughly engrossing short story.
Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors.
When a bibliophile is murdered, it takes a bookseller to solve the crime.
Good Advice, New Mexico, is a sunny town with a gloomy bookshop. The store's eerie corridors are the province of Avery Sharecross, an ex-cop who has made the transition from chasing killers to tracking rare books. One afternoon, the local sheriff interrupts his book club meeting, and Sharecross's old career collides with his new one.
The area's premier book collector has been found bludgeoned to death on the floor of his family library. A fifth-generation resident of Good Advice, Lloyd Fister devoted his life to books, accumulating a collection of local history that date backs to the 16th century. In his library, a single volume is missing: a Spanish book with a sinister past. Is the missing volume a clue, a motive, or a murder weapon? It will take a collector’s eye to decide.