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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Dunning Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1995 ISBN: 9781428198715
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Set in the world of rare books, this bestseller was an instant success with mystery fans who find Dunning's adept combination of sharp-edged suspense, compelling characters, and knowledgeable book lore irresistible. The murder of a harmless book dealer draws Denver homicide detective Cliff Janeway into an extraordinary quest. Suddenly his sources become victims, and he begins to understand that rare editions can cost lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefano | 2/11/2014

    " Liked it. Liked the characters and the 'feel' of the book. Too bad, for me, my unability to warm up to the concept of ' first edition' and all that turned around it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrismpadgett Padgett | 2/10/2014

    " I love all of Dunnings books. He writes mysteries which center around the lives of those who are involved in the book business of some sort or another. Perfect for an addict like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Dee | 2/9/2014

    " Enjoyed by the entire book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/9/2014

    " Booked To Die starts a wonderful storyline featuring Cliff Janeway. He's a Denver detective turned bookseller. This story is well plotted and very tight. The characters are perfectly believable. It was a fast-paced read and thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/24/2014

    " i read the first two books of this series and i really liked them. they're fun. and you get to learn about used books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " I listened to this via Audible. It was a great read. I am not a big mystery reader, but I thought this was quite fun with some good surprises. Definitely worth reading and a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/21/2014

    " Eh. Interesting plot and topic, but kind of weirdly written. Did I miss something? Why were the last few chapters so weird? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 1/20/2014

    " Fun read. Another author to look into further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelynn Fritz | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book. It had a good mystery and you learned about antique and old books. You have a mystery and history lesson in one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramon Sunico | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't like the main character at first-- too much of a caricature of the private dick in film noir movies-- but twists in the middle and second part of the novel changed all that, redeeming the whole story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Branwynne | 12/21/2013

    " I loved being driven around Denver with this classic 1940's-style detective. Learning about bookscouting was interesting~ I hadn't known anything at all about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 12/10/2013

    " A good murder mystery but an even better look at the world of book collectors. I didn't know anything about this world and I love books. I liked the main detective character but sometimes he was a little unbelievable. Overall, a book that kept my interest even if the end wasn't overly satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/15/2013

    " I like that the detective is into old books, but the characters are completely black and white, and the author comes right out and tells you everything about them. You don't learn about the characters gradually through inferences in the action. Lazy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inês | 9/3/2013

    " The best part about it is the great description of old books and the book retail business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 7/27/2013

    " i couldnt stop reading though it is long story.It seems i match Edgar wiined works.also,this book is very interesting for book lover because hero is a dealer of the rare books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/1/2013

    " Just my type of mystery- where I learn some new information along with solving a murder. I liked the main character a lot and I love books so this was a perfect read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 4/18/2013

    " Hotshot cop turns rare book dealer. Interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/24/2013

    " This is a solid mystery and one that I enjoyed reading. Extra bonus if you love books and the idea of owning your own bookstore. I liked it enough to want to continue the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlene Kim Salvador | 11/21/2012

    " For me, it was a best page turning novel. It was excellently written and It surprises me evrytime i discovered the mysterious characters in the story. It makes me want to be a detective book dealer haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/13/2012

    " First book I've read about "book men." Interesting background info on collectors, decent mystery. Will read more by Dunning "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/4/2012

    " This is a great mystery that leaves you guessing until the end. Cliff Janeway is more than likable in all his gruffness. My reading of this book has produced two major results: 1) I definitely want to read the next in the series and 2) I want to be a bookman!! (Or bookwoman.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/15/2012

    " Like all the references to characters in classic books. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinytextiles | 10/23/2011

    " For the book lover here is a mystery story which involves the "catch a thief" of first edition books. A very nice and exciting read about--what else--books!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Gran | 8/18/2011

    " Lots of fun and a good education in the rare book trade. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 6/8/2011

    " The Janeway books always provide a fun, entertaining read, and if you like book collecting and dealing, an extra interest factor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/12/2011

    " Love this series - what could be better - mystery series around used books!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/22/2011

    " The most fun I have had in a long time. Great read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/4/2011

    " An ok murder mystery set in the world of book collectors and dealers. Light reading for recovering from a car accident. Didn't move me to want to read more of the same author or series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akrista | 1/4/2011

    " If you love books and you like the idea of early detective novels...this is for you! Really enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrismpadgett | 1/3/2011

    " I love all of Dunnings books. He writes mysteries which center around the lives of those who are involved in the book business of some sort or another. Perfect for an addict like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/21/2010

    " After a slow start, this book took off in the second half. I'll definitely read more Cliff Janeway mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquelynn | 11/21/2010

    " I loved this book. It had a good mystery and you learned about antique and old books. You have a mystery and history lesson in one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 11/19/2010

    " Just my type of mystery- where I learn some new information along with solving a murder. I liked the main character a lot and I love books so this was a perfect read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 11/10/2010

    " A great subject, and very well delivered in this Denver bookman-turned-detective (actually vice versa) premier mystery. I loved the verisimilitude of the rare book dealings more than the rather routine plot and supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramon | 11/10/2010

    " I didn't like the main character at first-- too much of a caricature of the private dick in film noir movies-- but twists in the middle and second part of the novel changed all that, redeeming the whole story. "

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About the Author
Author John Dunning

John Dunning has revealed some of book collectings most shocking secrets in his bestselling series of crime novels featuring Cliff Janeway. Those books have won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award, been New York Times Notable Books, and becoming New York Times and Book Sense bestsellers. Dunning 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 and the author of On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. His other jobs have included glass cutter, racetrack groom, and political publicist. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.