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Set in the world of rare books, this best-seller was an instant success with mystery fans who find Dunning's adept combination of sharp-edged suspense, compelling characters, and knowledgeable book lore irresistible. The murder of a harmless book dealer draws Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway into an extraordinary quest. Suddenly his sources become victims, and he begins to understand that rare editions can cost lives.
©1994 John Dunning; (P)1995 Recorded Books

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Great new series!

This intelligent and entertaining novel seems to be the start of a great new series - new to me, at least. Glad to find it! And, as usual, George Guidall is outstanding as a reader. He could read the phone book and I would listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • 03-03-08

Great read.

This and Bookman's Wake are great mysteries by a wonderful author. Great characters, great plot, great writing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Engaging

I was unsure about this book when I purchsed the audio. I was not only surprised but extremely glad I had. This book was well written, has a few twists, and engaging plat, and believable characters. I read alot of books and many are from certain writers I follow, but I love to pick up something I have never heard of before and read. I am sometimes dissappointed but this book was an enlightenment. I will now add this author to my list that I buy everything they write, and I mean hard copies also.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Booked to Die? or Dead Book?

This book can't decide if it wants to be a murder mystery or a story about the book trade -- I ended up not caring about either. However, the worst sin is the waste of George Guidall's golden voice. Mr. Guidall is one of the most talented folks in the business but his voice is not right for this book. The protagonist is supposed to be 36 y/o. Mr. Guidall can do a lot of things but he does not sound like a convincing 36 y/o.
I did learn a lot about the book trade though and I liked that part

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Crack for Bibliophiles

The setup is preposterous—a book collector police detective working the murder of a book scout—but it's great fun to read. There is so much pleasure to be had in the book talk, the bookish characters, and the chase that you don't care how far reality is being stretched. Highly recommended for all book lovers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting

I really enjoyed looking at the world of rare books from this author's perspective. I found the mystery good, with just the right twists and turns. I would recommend reading this book before the others in the series. It makes more sense that way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Story

I enjoyed this book very much, and was anxious to read every time I picked it up. One of the things that makes a good book for me is the degree that the characters have been cultivated and whether or not I develop an affinity for them. In this case I was able to enjoy just about all of the players. What kept me from giving it another star was the fact that the female character was described as having been paralyzed with fear and paranoia after suffering a brutal attack, and not gradually, but instantly was able to overcome it. The fact that her son was in trouble was a great motivator, but her degree of recovery was just a little over the top for me. I understand the author's purpose in writing about the computer sex... that it was a way to communicate the fact that in spite of her history she still had needs and desires, but I don't think that they were required to be graphic and I therefore found it objectionable. Otherwise, I liked this story.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Good story, great narration!

George Guidall could read a phone book I'd💕 it. Doesn't hurt when it is an interesting, well written book to boot.

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A great listen.

Absorbing story with my favorite narator. Some minor technical nits, but not enough to detract from the story.

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Kept me guessing

As a mystery this book kept me on my toes trying to figure out who dunnit. It had a good plot and the style of writing was easy to follow. The only thing I didn't like was the swearing. As a Christian woman I don't find swearing and sex to add anything to a story