>> Monday, December 17, 2007
I have a new series to read and it’s all Booklogged’s fault!!
In the past few months, she has read several of this series and with each review it became more and more of a priority for me to read this first one and get started.
From the inside flap:
Denver cop Cliff Janeway probably knows as much about books as he does about homicide. His living room resembles an adjunct to the public library. He's aware that a first edition of a Stephen King can bring as much as a first edition of Mark Twain and that a copy of Raymond Chandler's Lady in the Lake is worth close to $1,000. And he realizes that, contrary to popular belief, "older" doesn't necessarily mean "more valuable."I liked the Janeway character a lot and the other characters and mystery were interesting and well written. The inside information and stories of bookscouts and book dealers was thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to continuing with this series.
He also knows that valuable volumes can be hidden in plain view among otherwise ordinary book collections. It's not easy to find such books, but some people seem to have an extraordinary almost superhuman, talent for honing in on the treasures.
Such a man was bookscout Bobby Westfall. Bobby never made a bundle, but he'd once earned $900 in a single weekend and had generally spotted enough valuable books to keep himself and his beloved cats fed and housed. Now Bobby is dead, murdered at the witching hour on Friday the thirteenth, his body dumped under a
ladder in a dark alley. It's not a good end for a superstitious man.
Janeway is sure he knows who did it: flashy businessman Jackie Newton, who is known to have a pathological hatred for drifters. He's suspected of a string of killings in New Jersey and California, but nobody's been able to win a conviction. Janeway came close, but then the star witness got scared. Now Janeway hopes he'll have another chance at a man whose destruction has become his personal goal.
But Janeway's in for some surprises before he finds the proof he needs -- surprises that will affect his professional and personal life in profound and shocking ways.
Thanks Booklogged!! You definitely steered me in the right direction with this one.