The Bookman's Promise (Cliff Janeway Series #3)

The Bookman's Promise (Cliff Janeway Series #3)

by John Dunning

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The Bookman's Promise: A Cliff Janeway Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third book in the series takes us to Charleston with a bunch of nasty booksellers/thugs from Baltimore in tow.
ThePolyBlog 8 months ago
BOTTOM-LINE: Good mystery, but a lot of exposition and slow ending . PLOT OR PREMISE: Janeway decides to use his finder's fee from the Grayson affair (book #2) to buy one amazing book, paying almost $30K for it at auction. The mystery is about the origins of the book itself, but more about the author himself, an explorer named Richard Burton (not the actor). . WHAT I LIKED: After buying the book, Janeway is contacted by an old woman who claims the book was hers once upon a time and subsequently stolen. Janeway believes her, and involves some other people in the story, one of whom ends up dead. There's a killer chasing the book and it leads all the way to the same places the explorer visited in the American South before the US Civil War. Seedy bookdealers, a biographer with a familiar monkey on his back, a family friend with a similar but slightly different monkey. Everyone wants the book, the history, the story, and to own a piece of history. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There is a lot of exposition in the story. Some of it comes from a woman who did research using hypnosis and tape recordings to recover lost memories, and while it works as a plot device, it could have just as easily been done earlier in the woman's life and without as much page time. In addition, there is a flashback to the people in the Burton story (just before the US Civil War), which happens about the 40% mark and runs about 10-15% of the novel. It's engaging in the first person, but makes for another really long exposition. Finally, the action scene at the end seems more like out of a cheap action movie, and it takes a LONG time to get to the actual action. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
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