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The Bookman's Wake (Cliff Janeway #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,628 ratings  ·  194 reviews
The sequel to the popular Booked to Die. Cliff Janeway, Denver cop-turned-book-dealer, finds himself chasing down a charming young fugitive named Eleanor Rigby, who has stolen a rare copy of Poe's "The Raven" for reasons of her own. Trouble follows, and Eleanor disappears into a city filled with people who want the book, and don't care what they have to do to get it. Stuff ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 1996 by Time Warner (first published 1995)
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Algernon

[9/10]
Cliff Janeway walks the thin red line between two worlds : on one side, the Law enforcement officer club with its macho ethos and its band of brothers loyalties and on the other, the slightly geeky ecosystem of book collectors - first editions, limited art prints, antiques, signed rarities, etc. In the first world, he functions as a clasical gumshoe, smart and snarky, street tough with a flaming temper and a wicked right hook. In the second, he is a passionate rare book hunter and shop own
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Harry
John Dunning's Cliff Janeway series ranks among my top favorites in mystery/detective series. When I think of Dunning an inevitable comparison takes place in my little grey cells: if you like Dick Francis you will love John Dunning. Why the comparison? What I often find delightful in fiction is not just the story itself; what delights is the acquisition of knowledge on a particular subject. Dick Francis in addition to handing his readers a well crafted mystery delights his readers with his thoro ...more
Tosha Sisler
Apr 03, 2008 Tosha Sisler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trudy
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The Cliff Janeway series has quickly become my favorite detective series. This is the second book in the series, although I haven't been reading them in order. (I've found that reading these books in order isn't necessary for the plot lines, nor does it detract from the enjoyment of the books).
This series is more of an intellecutal detective series. I love exploring the world of rare books and seeing/feeling the passion of the characters for book collecting.
Although Janeway seems eager to for
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Ben
May 13, 2011 Ben rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Ben by: Paula
Ultimately, a mystery novel is a mystery novel and what differentiates one from another comes down to three things:

1) Plot - Mystery is such a prolific genre that one can pound out a mystery story following all the traditional aspects of the story. A good premise, a few good characters, and a good twist can make it entertaining and interesting. With good plotting, mystery can stand out from the crowd by showing how clever the author is. With the rise of police procedurals on TV, this is harder
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Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 STARS, August 17, 2014

This review is from: The Bookman's Wake (Cliff Janeway Novels Book 2) )

"The Bookman's Wake" by John dunning.

In all fairness to this masterpiece...10 stars.

This was no doubt the greatest and most well written mystery & suspense book I've read in ages.
Cliff Janeway is approached by Slater a long time and not very well liked acquaintance of sorts. It seems that Slater is in demand and needs Janeway to escort a fugitive to jail. In this case the fugi
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LJ
BOOKMAN'S WAKE - Ex
Dunning, John - 2nd in Cliff Janeway series

Cliff Janeway, a book dealer, agrees to collect a woman who has skipped bail in Seattle. But when he arrives, he realizes he's been employed to find a rare edition of "The Raven". He also learns that those who are known to have owned copies of the book have met untimely deaths.

This was even better than the first book. Great balance of intellect versus action.
Dinky ♥
Nov 09, 2008 Dinky ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I wish there were 6 stars for me to give this book! It draws you in right away and keeps you going - Never a slow spot; just action all the way!!
Rebekah
My mother recommended this to me for the insight it gave into the publishing world. This is a mystery involving a young woman from a small publishing family who searches out rare books, some which aren't supposed to exist. When she goes after one of these unrecorded editions of Poe's "The Raven" she gets entangled in a murder, and a retired police detective (who now owns his own book store) is asked by an old buddy to pick her up in Seatle, and bring her in. Soon, he gets tangled in the web and ...more
Alyce Rocco
I like Cliff Janeway, the cop turned bookman,which is why I am trying to read the entire series, but Dunning's novels do not hold my interest.

A mystery novel begins with a crime being committed. Readers guess at the identity of the criminal. At novel's end the criminal is unmasked and usually caught to pay price for misdeeds. The hero/heroine usually gets into some dire circumstances, and fights which is usually the most boring part of a mystery novel for me.

A book about buying and selling book
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Monica
“The Bookman’s Wake” is the second in John Dunning’s crime/mystery series featuring Cliff Janeway. And it’s every bit as good as the first one. The plot is complex, the characters are well developed. I fall a little more in love with Cliff in each book...imagine how I’ll feel when I reach the last in series (unless Dunning decides to bless us with a 6th book...please oh please).

I think what I like most about Dunning’s books is that the mystery takes place in the world of books. This one has almo
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Sara
Feb 17, 2011 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of hardboiled detective stories, lovers of books and literature
Recommended to Sara by: heard of it through a bookgroup
I'm completely hooked on Dunning and especially on this series featuring Cliff Janeway, cop turned bookman. I've worked in new bookstores and have friends who've worked in used and rare books, as well as one friend who is a binder of fine books. Nevertheless I learned a lot about the trade from this book and found the fictional aspect very satisfying too.
Dunning creates marvelous characters, very believable - mostly appealing but occasionally, repulsive. These are hardboiled detective stories w
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Carol
Pointless for me to rehash the characters and plot here, as I mostly agree with the positives of other Reviewers. As a bibliophile, was pleasantly surprised to be given such deep insights into the bookman's world. Hardly the usual whodunit, Dunning delivered enough plot twists to keep me involved. Would have rated it at least four well-earned stars, but personal passions... love of informational/entertaining books plus my familiarity with the large/small NW towns/remote areas ... compelled me to ...more
Marta
The second in the Cliff Janeway series. I really enjoy this character and this time most of the story took place in Seattle, far from his home in Denver. I had actually forgotten about his cop background and inclinations until the first confrontation in the story and he was not only capable, but turned aggressor as he judged the situation. The level of detail about small, exclusive Grayson Press was almost too much, but it was probably necessary to convey the absolute obsession of the people inv ...more
Jane
Cliff Janeway, a book dealer, agrees to collect a woman who has skipped bail in Seattle. But when he arrives, he realizes he's been employed to find a rare edition of "The Raven." He also learns that those who are known to have owned copies of the book have met untimely deaths. Janeway's fictional bookstore is set in Denver so those who are familiar with its haunts will find the author's stories quite fun to read.
David
This is the 2nd Dunning book I have read. This was quite a good one. It is based on Grayson press -- a small outfit that did great almost collectable works. Now some of those collectors are being killed. The situation is complex and there are many players. Very enjoyable.
JoAnne
Second in the series.. I can't wait to read the rest..Such a satisfying group.. I love reading in such great detail about bookbinding and fonts and printing..
Kristine
Here's the second in the Cliff Janeway antiquarian book dealer/detective series; while it was certainly "okay" for escape reading, it didn't quite measure up to John Dunning's first in the bookman series. I was disappointed to have figured out a key piece of the plot chapters ahead of the big reveal, though not every twist and turn. Still, that dampened my enthusiasm for this particular John Dunning murder mystery -- a mystery that has a whole lot of book printing/book collecting details as wel ...more
Marianne
The Bookman’s Wake is the second in John Dunning’s Cliff Janeway series. Cliff is approached by a former colleague from the Denver PD to bring back a skip from Seattle. The only reason he agrees is that he’ll be paid $5000 and there’s a book angle: the skip, Eleanor Rigby, has stolen a rare edition of Poe’s The Raven, published by the famous and now deceased Darryl Grayson. Of course, nothing is as it seems: Eleanor is being stalked by a dark figure and Cliff soon realises he is really meant to ...more
Peggy
This is a very good read. Cliff Janeway is an ex-cop turned bookseller. He collects first edition books and if you are interested in books and collecting, this is a mystery for you. Cliff is hired to bring a girl who skipped bail in New Mexico. She is accused of stealing a rare printing of Poe's The Raven. He travels from his home in Denver to Seattle to find the girl. What he stumbles upon is a decades old twisting and turning tale about an eccentric book printer and his brother who died 20 yea ...more
Kris
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Dunning brings a fine new voice to the mystery genre. The award-winning Booked to Die (1992) introduced the likable rare bookman and sometime sleuth Cliff Janeway, who returns here in his second adventure. Obviously based on Dunning's experience as a Denver bookstore owner, the story features an engrossing, inventive plot about rare books and the people who print, collect, and sell them--sometimes at a murderously high price. Former Denver cop Janeway is intrigued by his newest case: he'
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Derek
I don't read many mysteries but this one was very enjoyable. At times fun, other times dramatic, and always intriguing. It kept me guessing and wanting to keep reading. Janeway is a good lead character, I'm interested in reading Dunning's other novel featuring him now. Especially a great book for anyone interested in book collecting.
Bobby Underwood
If you're one of those people like me who love real books, savoring their smell when cracked open for that very first time, here is something special for you. John Dunning's follow-up to Booked to Die is a novel of intrigue and murder amidst the book world, or more to the point, those who love books and spend hours searching the shelves of used book stores for a rare first edition.

Cliff Janeway is the Denver bookman and part-time detective who goes looking for a girl who may have in her possessi
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Katherine Coble
2.75 stars
This book suffers from Moby Dick syndrome. The thriller plot is buried under exhaustive and eventually repetitive arcane details about books and book collecting. I love reading, I love stories but I'm very uncomfortable with the idolatry of the physical book. The world of bookscouts and collectors is of passable interest but there are so many pages dedicated to it that after bit you kind of start to glaze over. Occasionally the story will pop up again but you will be so inundated with
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Nancy Ellis
Lots of interesting info in here about book collecting, selling, etc., worked into a good story line. Cliff Janeway works again to solve a series of murders of owners of a rare book. A good read!
MommaLaura
Many references to many books. Our bookseller, who was a former cop, takes us on a trek of mystery, adventure, and intrigue. LOVELY!
Stephanie
Not the standard plot for a detective novel but the sprawling storyline made it difficult to remember who everyone was and why or whether they mattered. From the synopsis on the back, I was expecting more of a literary novel. However, it's only the subject that leans towards literature, the writing itself is standard for the mystery genre, complete with some pretty gung ho dialogue at times. While Dunning spends a long time building up his plotlines at the expense of rounded characters and, alth ...more
Dixie
I was very surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book, finding reviewing it a bit difficult.

For me this took about 6 chapters to get into it, without giving too much away, there is alot of information about books in this book, how books use to be made, what makes them valuable, how even the style of font and paper up to the binding and cover art.
If your impatient like me, you may start to feel like you may go mad at first, but then you suddenly find yourself thinking later on, Wait a minut
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Kristen Kurzawski
This second one in the Janeway series is much better than the first book. The mystery at the heart of this book is to find a murderer, but that is not clear to Janeway until late in the novel. He is searching for a girl, Eleanor, who ran away while under Janeway's watch. She is then kidnapped by a brutal man, and Janeway goes on the hunt for Eleanor. Along the way he is wanted for murder and has to hide his identity. He befriends a reporter who helps him on the case.

The real story in the book i
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Ruthiella
The second book in the Cliff Janeway series, The Bookman’s Wake is more ambitious than its predecessor, with a more complicated plot involving a fictional publishing house dynasty. Retired police detective turned bookseller Janeway is lured to Seattle on the premise of an easy $5000 to pick up a young woman who has jumped bail. The bait: the theft of an apocryphal edition of Poe’s The Raven, which if it exists, would be priceless. Of course nothing is what is seems and Janeway finds himself draw ...more
Beth
Not as clear as I hope for the who-dun-its I read. Lots of threads and some missed spots in the middle.

A former police officer turned old book dealer is asked to do a favor for and former friend (and earn some money in the bargain). He is to travel to the west coast and pick up a bail jumper and return her to the jurisdiction.

In the process of finding and returning the jumper a larger mystery shows up and many people get killed. There is the required number of people lying about something or oth
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John Dunning was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Charleston, SC, is married, and has two adult children.

John always wanted to write, but was a poor student. He left high school in the tenth grade, partly because of an inability to concentrate and absorb lectures. Several years ago he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), a malady that could not have been imagined in t
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