RARA-AVIS: Re: Boook Sleuths

From: Karin Montin ( kmontin@sympatico.ca)
Date: 28 Apr 2007

I came across this kind of dry article on librarians in fiction, with some discussion of detective fiction:


The home page is Cool Librarians, http://valinor.ca/waycool.html. There are write-ups on a variety of fictional librarians: one who's a werewolf, one who's involved with a hardboiled detective, etc.

Also, I hadn't really classified him as a collector, but Jack Taylor in Ken Bruen's series is. I just read The Magdalen Martyrs, in which Jack's books are destroyed and he starts his personal library over. His adventures do not involve chasing books, far from it, but he is constantly referring to books and authors, quoting big chunks or one-liners. Definitely noir and hardboiled, IMHO.


At 02:36 PM 24/04/2007 +0000, "Willow Arune" pangarun@telus.net wrote:

>As a book collector, I really get a kick out of the five Janeway titles by John Dunning. John has a rather negative opinion of signed first editions, which comes out in "Sign of the Book". Also as a result, he signs (or did, before his stroke) just about every book! One collector quipped that it was getting difficult to find a first edition that John had not signed, so the unsigned books should have a higher value.
>And there is Bernie Rhodenbarr, the burglar of Lawrence Block.
>There seem to be a number of other book dealers who are part time detectives, but having samples some I had to pass.
>Are there any other book dealer detectives out there? Librarians?

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