Series: #2 in the Cliff Janeway series
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 432
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I think I liked this second book in the Cliff Janeway series even more than the first one.

Cliff Janeway is a former cop who is now a book dealer in Colorado. He gets a visit from a former colleague who entices him into going to Seattle to transport a fugitive who is suspected of assault and possible stealing a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. It’s the book angle that convinces Janeway to agree to the job.

This book has a very noir-ish feel to it. I could almost see it playing out as a black and white movie as I read. Seattle in October is dark and rainy. There is an old mystery involving a small book publishing company that was destroyed by fire many years ago. There are characters straight out of a Sam Spade story stalking Janeway and his charge, Eleanor Rigby (yes, that’s really her name). Add in an enterprising reporter who has researched Grayson books and the possibility of finding copies of previously unknown books they’d produced and soon Janeway is not leaving town until he’s got this one solved.

It’s got old murders, new murders, lots of characters and plot twists. This is a great one for curling up on a cold winter weekend. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.