May 26th, 2005


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The Sign of the Book: A Cliff Janeway Bookman Novel, by John Dunning

Cliff Janeway, ex-cop, current rare book dealer, is prevailed upon by his inamorata, lawyer Erin d'Angelo, to check into a murder case, a case in which her childhood friend, Laura Marshall, is accused of murdering her husband, Erin’s fomer boyfriend, with whom Laura had an affair behind Erin’s back. (Got that? There will be a quiz.) Laura confesses, and Janeway thinks at first that she is protecting her autistic adopted son, Jerry. But then he thinks it might be someone else altogether. The investigation is not helped by the fact that the first cop on the scene left it unsecured, with resultant contamination, and tried to cover it up. Or by the fact that the client is pretty secretive.

Janeway tangles with a dubious bookseller, a venal cop, and a reluctant client to come up with an unexpected (to him) solution.

Far less irritating, and more realistic, than Dunning’s last, though no defense lawyer worth her license would keep referring to a client as “our defendant”. Jeez. I loved the character of Parley McNamara, the local lawyer. Janeway, and Erin, the hotshot Denver lawyer, both start out assuming he’s a hack. Honey, no way.

Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures -- A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl, by Carmit Delman

My Sister Eileen, by Ruth McKenney