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Denver cop and book collector Cliff Janeway is trying to put the nasty, arrogant murderer Jackie Newton behind bars, but he can never find enough hard evidence. When a local bookscout is beaten to death in an alley, Janeway suspects Jackie, but some puzzling clues, like a stash of pricy vintage books, seems to point elsewhere. Det. Janeway decides to take matters into his own hands with Jackie Newton, which costs him his badge. Opening his own bookstore, Janeway continues to search for evidence in the case. But more people are turning up dead, along with more valuable books that once belonged to them. Cliff Janeway has to find out if Jackie Newton still getting away with murder, or if someone else is trying to build the ultimate library.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   librarians/book industry Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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