This is a murder mystery set in Denver around the second hand and rare book scene. The hero, Cliff Janeway, is a homicide detective for the Denver police. Due to overstepping the mark with a nasty piece of work that he has been trying to put away for years, Janeway has to resign from the force.
This cloud has a silver lining for Janeway because he can now follow his dream of opening a book shop and spend more time on his hobby which is searching out rare books. Of course he doesn't get to relax - a series of murders means that he puts his detective hat back on. The murders are of people in the book trade and seem to centre around a mysterious collection of very valuable books.
This book has been on my TBR list for years, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. The setting of the book trade was very interesting to me (which book lover doesn't dream of opening their own bookshop?) and I thought that the glimpses behind the scenes of the trade were very interesting. John Dunning is a collector and seller of rare books himself, and made this aspect of the book very believable. I thought that it was well plotted and pacy, with no loose ends.