Read The Dirty Book Murder (Rare Book Mystery, #1) Online Free - In this smart, fast-paced mystery debut, Thomas Shawver introduces a charming, unlikely hero from the rarefied world of antique books.
Book merchant Michael Bevan arrives at the Kansas City auction house hoping to uncover some hidden literary gold. Though the auction ad had mentioned erotica, Michael is amazed to find lovely Japanese Shunga scrolls and a first edition of a novel by French author Colette with an inscription by Ernest Hemingway. This one item alone could fetch a small fortune in the right market.
As Michael and fellow dealer Gareth Hughes are warming up for battle, a stranger comes out of nowhere and outbids them—to the tune of sixty grand. But Gareth is unwilling to leave the auction house empty-handed, so he steals two volumes, including the Colette novel. When Gareth is found dead the next day, Michael quickly becomes the prime suspect: Not only had the pair been tossed out of a bar mid-fistfight the night before, but there is evidence from Michael’s shop at the crime scene.
Now the attorney-turned-bookman must find out who wanted the Colette so badly that they would kill for it—and frame Michael. Desperate to stay out of police custody, Michael follows the murderer’s trail into the wealthiest echelons of the city, where power and influence meet corruption—and mystery and eroticism are perverted by pure evil. Unfortunately for Michael, one dead book dealer is only the opening chapter in a terrifying tale of high culture and lowlifes.
|Title||:||The Dirty Book Murder (Rare Book Mystery, #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||220 pages|
May 14, 2014
Michael Bevan was getting his life in order and ironing out the kinks in his marriage when his life fell completely apart. After attending a party together and consuming too much alcohol, his wife insisted that they leave and of course that she drive. It was this ride home that would change the c...
February 21, 2014
Okay, I’ll admit it…….I’m stumped for how to review this book. Did I enjoy it? Mostly. Do I want to read the next book in the series? Certainly. Did this one have subject matter that surprised and bothered me? Absolutely.
To begin with, the cover of this novel just might give a false impression....
January 17, 2014
Poor Michael Bevan. After losing his wife in a car accident, becoming estranged from his daughter & being disbarred, he thought his new life running a used book store would bring the peace & quiet he desperately needs. Turns out being an antiquarian can be fatal to your health......
May 26, 2014
THE DIRTY BOOK MURDER is an interesting blend of cozy mystery and something more hard hitting. The murders are mercifully briefly described, but there is sex and drugs and sexualized torture. It's set in a close-knit part of Kansas City, with an unlikely detective: the local used and antiquarian...
May 11, 2014
Originally published at Reading Reality
Dirty books, dirty politics, dirty money. Interesting isn’t it, that one doesn’t think about the same kind of “dirty” in those three instances. But in this mystery, they all lead to the same place and the same dirty people.
Kansas City bookman Michael...
August 20, 2014
Thank you Net Galley and Random House/Alibi for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I requested this book because I discovered it was the prequel to a book I had just received. I inadvertently saw a review from someone who said they couldn't finish the book because of t...
May 08, 2017
This was a terrific read, but was totally different from what I was expecting when I downloaded it from the library.
I *thought* this was going to be a cozy mystery - it's not at ALL a cozy! This is an old-style, hard-boiled, Sam Spade sort of murder story. It is rough and tumble, it's gritty, and...
June 12, 2017
Fun, fast, and difficult to discern culprit murder mystery centering on a set of erotic books sold at an antiquarian book auction. Although a bit ribald (certainly NOT obscene!), this almost would be filed under the 'cozy' genre, but for some randy scenes and a few expletives.
But, like any good...
June 23, 2017
Quite enjoying this first book in a series for an author with whom I am not familiar. Downloaded prior to a trip simply because it was available to borrow. Will look for more books by this author, in this series. Definitely will try to find the next book(s) and see if they can keep up to the stan...
June 05, 2014
Michael Bevan is a bookman. A former lawyer and Marine, Bevan lost his license after he turned to drugs and alcohol in the wake of his wife's tragic death. He managed to pick up the pieces of his life and, with the help of a friend, opened Riverrun Books, a popular used bookstore. But Bevan hopes...