The Bookwoman's Last Fling : Cliff Janeway

  • by John Dunning
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Cliff Janeway
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rare book dealer, ex-homicide cop, and private eye, Cliff Janeway is resourceful, impulsive, and hell-bent for danger. A unique character in crime fiction, Janeway is beloved by bibliophiles and mystery fans alike. In The Bookwoman's Last Fling, John Dunning puts Janeway back in the saddle, literally. Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless. It's a collection worth millions of dollars, a fact that Janeway would be happy to discuss with Mr. Geiger if the man wasn't dead. Janeway becomes convinced that someone has been cherry-picking the book collection for personal profit. Soon he's off on Geiger's cold trail, to the California Races at Golden Gates Fields and Santa Anita Park.
Bringing together his inside knowledge of both books and horseracing, John Dunning provides another memorable, hard-boiled detective adventure, filled with all the authenticity and delicious trivia that fans have come to expect from the Bookman series.

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What the Critics Say

"Dunning's exceptional gifts at plotting and characterization should help win him many new readers, while the horse-racing angle is sure to lure Dick Francis fans." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bursting with inside dope about forged autographed copies and other dastardly examples of book fraud...it's great fun thumbing the pages with Janeway, who knows his business and takes a keen, almost sensual pleasure in a virgin edition." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Wish I could enter "unrated"

Because I listened to only a couple of hours -- and part of that time I had my ear buds out so I could skip a part. Just couldn't take it anymore -- and all of this for reasons that might very well have been unrelated to the central plot.

The problem? One of the major characters -- presumably -- owned and operated a rescue farm for old or abused horses. Fine and dandy -- I admire people like that more than I can say. BUT.. but... as the story continued, as Janway began to get to know this character, there seemed to be an almost unless litany of stories of abused horses, so much that I just couldn't take it. I don't want to read -- or listen to -- stories of abused animals of any kind. Does it exist? Of course. But all sorts of things go on in this world that I don't want to spend leisure time hearing about. It's just too painful.

What a shame! I've both listened to and read every other one of the Cliff Janway books at least twice, some three times, over the years. I love them. I love the book trivia, the tales of collectors, of the obsession with books, some part of which I'm chagrined to admit I share. You can imagine how disappointed I was to have to deep-six this last one in the series.

But I can't listen to accounts of horribly abused horses. Life is too short, y'know?
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- karen

Another Good Book in the Cliff Janeway Series

I like the books by John Dunning. If you are new to the Cliff Janeway series, I suggest that you read them in order.

1. Booked to Die

2. The Bookman's Promise (currently not being offered on Audible, hopefully they will bring it back)

3. The Bookman's Wake

4. The Bookwoman's Last Fling

The Bookwoman's Last Fling has a bit more character development, and many more leads to chase down.

Readers, who like the Cliff Janeway, enjoy the journey of the story besides just trying to get to the end. This books pace is a bit slower, much like classical literature.

The narrator, George Guidall does an excellent job reading. I love this reader! Four years ago, I use to pick books by readers, sorted by "average Customer Rating" instead of genre.
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- Andrew Stone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books