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Retired ex-cop Cliff Janeway is residing in Denver and contentedly living his dream as a rare and used bookseller when a former colleague turned PI offers him an easy $5000 to bring back a young female fugitive and deliver her to a bondsman in Taos.
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The girl is wanted for assault and burglary, including the possible theft of a rare and precious copy of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven", crafted by the mysterious genius behind the Grayson Press. Irresistibly drawn, Janeway locates his target, the improbably named Eleanor Rigby in Seattle, only to find himself siding with the lonely bibliophile, and together they hunt for the man who is systematically killing rare book collectors, all the while eluding a particularly nasty hired thug. When Eleanor disappears, Janeway must find her before the killer does, an endeavor which takes him into the sometimes dark and dusty corners of fraud and violence that can fill the world of wealthy collectors and rare book dealers.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   librarian or superKlausner Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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