Running a used bookstore in Sydney is one tough business. Owner Jack Susko can land a good punch and take one too. When he's asked to locate some used poetry books his life is suddenly at risk. To further complicate matters, Jack starts a romance with a woman who may not be all that she appears.
This book is the opposite of Lorna Barrett's cozy Booktown Mystery series. Even though there is the prerequisite cat (which every bookstore needs), in this bookshop fists fly and the language gets rough. If you don't like reading the F word, this may not be your cup of tea.
Author Lenny Bartulin does a great job developing the character of Jack Susko. I kept reading every page because I wanted to see what happened to the guy. Not to mention how poetry books could be involved in murder.
There was one thing I didn't like. The opening chapter gave too much information. We find Jack hanging over the edge of a cliff looking up at a woman who is pointing a gun. Why reveal the sex of the person? With only several female characters in the book (not counting the cat) it became clear who was involved. There were enough twists along the way, however, that kept me involved to the end.
Bartulin puts a macho spin on running a used bookstore. It's not for the faint of heart and can be, "A Deadly Business."
Question: What type of bookstore mystery do you prefer?
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Note: I purchased my signed (used) edition of "A Deadly Business" in Australia at Gertrude and Alice Bookstore Cafe, Bondi Beach.
A Deadly Business by Lenny Bartulin, Scribe Publications Australia, copyright 2008.