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Death by the Book

Death by the Book

A Jack Susko Mystery (Volume 1)

Lenny Bartulin

Minotaur Books

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Jack Susko is enjoying a quiet life as the owner of a secondhand bookstore, preferably in the company of his cat rather than actual paying customers. But when Hammond Kasprowicz, a crabby but wealthy businessman, offers Jack some easy money, of course Jack doesn't turn down the offer. After all, what problem could there possibly be with locating as many copies as possible of the works of an obscure poet? And who cares what Hammond wants to do with them? For all that Jack cares, he could burn them. Which, in fact, is exactly what Hammond does. But very soon, books aren't the only things disappearing…

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THE SKY WAS TWO O'CLOCK BLUE, cloudless on a Wednesday afternoon. The weather had forgotten it was winter: the air was almost sweet and the breeze had manners. Jack Susko lit a cigarette and began walking down the hill. He could not remember...

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Praise for Death by the Book

"[A] tight hard-boiled whodunit, the first of what one hopes will be a long series." - Publishers Weekly

"An old-fashioned mystery with lots of snappy dialogue and a noir atmosphere. ... A fast pace and a noir tone ... A strong debut and a promising series." - Booklist

"The scruffy, dialogue-heavy narrative has great charm." - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Lenny Bartulin

A published poet, LENNY BARTULIN is currently working on his second Jack Susko mystery. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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