Whirr2005-08-19
The Bookman's Promise
by John Dunning
Murder mystery about an ex-cop turned rare book dealer.

Pros: The focus of the novel was a journal written by Richard Burton. I really like Sir Richard, so that was interesting. The writing was fairly engaging, the characters were pretty likeable, and although there was certainly a lot of gender proaganda (as one would expect in a noir-ish mystery) the two female characters openly critique it. So that's nice.

Cons: The Burton story was interesting, but the rest of the book wasn't terribly good. I like Cliff Janeway a lot more than Lucas Corso(pdf), but Dunning won't become Perez-Reverte anytime soon.
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