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John Dunning has revealed some of book collecting's most shocking secrets in his bestselling series of crime novels featuring Cliff Janeway: Booked to Die, which won the prestigious Nero Wolfe award; The Bookman's Wake, a New York Times Notable Book of 1995; and the New York Times and Book Sense bestsellers The Bookman's Promise, The Sign of the Book, and The Bookwoman's Last Fling. He is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Deadline, The Holland Suggestions, and Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime. An expert on rare and collectible books, he owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years. He is also an expert on American radio history, authoring On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Visit his website at www.oldalgonquin.com.

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I expected better April 15 2011
By Frederick A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I debated with myself for a few days about writing this review. I really liked John Dunning's previous works, and looked forward to this novel with great anticipation. After finishing it, I didn't want the only review of this work to be negative; but since no one else has written one, I will start.
There is no need for a "Spoiler Alert" about how the book ends; because it realy doesn't have an ending. It just kind of stops. There are a lot of open issues that go unresolved.
There are too many characters for any of them to be developed successfully.
One relatively major character in the beginning of the novel sort of disappears, and never shows up again except in letters written to his father.
Others have their lives ended in ways that don't seem to be "in character", or plausible.
In my opinion, there were too many vignettes and encounters that added nothing to the novel (i.e. Calvin Coolidge), and took up pages that could have been better served on a more satisfying conclusion, or explanations for some other character's behavior.
It was a hate filled, corrupt and bleak time; but I got that in about 100 pages. The rest was just "piling on", for no apparent reason.
I hope someone else will read, and comment on this book; because Dunning is better than this, and maybe I missed the point.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ethralling Sept. 4 2012
By C. Cubberley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really got caught up in this book. Yes, there are a lot of characters, but they are listed at the beginning, and if you get confused about who's who, it's easy to flip back and refresh your memory. I often have to do this for myself with other books. The book is relavatory about the KKK and the way it operated in Denver in the 1920s. Another reviewer said the book doesn't end, but just stops. That's the way life is. There were many resolutions, some characters were dead, but life would continue on for those remaining. I often stop reading a book if it doesn't hold my interest. This is one I picked up every chance I got, and at one point I was begging a character, "No, no - don't get on that train."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where's he gone Jan. 16 2014
By Susan Baus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Everything I have read by John Dunning is masterfully crafted. Has he stopped writing? What a loss if he has.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Historical fiction July 24 2014
By Steve P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is more muddled and complicated than a Bookman story. I see references to actual KKK stories from Indiana. I think Dunning took those stories and transferred them to Denver.
I Miss Cliff! Feb. 20 2015
By Mato Tanka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Dunning is a favorite author of mine but I got spoiled with the Cliff Janeway series. Denver is okay but I miss Cliff!


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