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Booked to Die
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,...
Deadline
On the way to a job interview, journalist Dalton Walker passes by a circus tent fire. Stopping to lend a hand, he notices an 8-year-old girl who died in the tragedy. Unclaimed by family, the coroner searches for her identity and Walker senses a story. Hired by the Tribune, a New Jersey newspaper recently acquired by a national chain, Walker's first assignment is to interview an Amish woman who left her past and became a Rockette. Intrigued by the uni...
Sign of the Book
Scribner, Mar 2005, 25.00, 368 pp. ISBN: 0743255054 Former Denver police officer Cliff Janeway has known his Twice Told Books bookstore partner, attorney Erin D'Angelo for two years so that he is capable of telling when she has something bothering her. He remains patient until Erin explains she needs Cliff to do her a favor. Laura Marshall is accused of killing her spouse and wants Erin to defend her. However, Erin informs Cliff she will never...
The Bookman's Promise
Scribner, March 2004, 25.00, 384 pp. ISBN 0743249925 After getting a little heavy handed with a suspected criminal in his custody, Denver Police officer Cliff Janeway leaves the force to become an antiquarian book dealer. His friendship with rare book collector Judge Leighton Huxley led him to bid and win at auction, PILGRIMAGE TO MEDINA AND MECCA by Richard Burton for just under thirty grand. He's very satisfied with his purchase until Joseph...

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The Bookman's Wake
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. 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. Irresist...
Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime
Scribner, Jan 2001, 26.00, 478 pp. ISBN: 0743201957 In 1942 Southern California, writer Jack Dulaney loves the untouchable Holly Carnahan. Jack struggles with producing a second novel, earning money by walking horses at the track. When Holly flees to Regina Beach, New Jersey in search of her missing dad, Jack follows out of concern for his beloved's safety. In the Jersey south shore community, Jack lands a job as a writer at radio st...


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