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I've really really really been looking forward to this second Jack Susko books - loved the first one (A Deadly Business).  Really like the slightly wise-cracking (with distinctly Australian tone), of a bookseller turned Accidental Detective, just trying to get by on a daily basis.

From the Blurb:

After yet another slow week at the cash register, Susko Books - that fine purveyor of second-hand literature - is facing financial ruin.  Jack Susko heads to a gallery in Woollahra to scrape up some funds with the sale of an old art catalogue.  With his characteristic panache and exquisite timing, he arrives just as De Groot Galleries is being done over by masked thieves.  Along with a mysterious object from the safe, the robbers seize a valuable first edition from Jack's bag too.

Opening Lines:

Sometimes, it was just bad luck.  Life was a lot of walking backwards into the future, so you could expect to fall into a muddy ditch every now and then.

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ISBN
9781921640261
Year of Publication
Series
Book Number (in series)
2
BLURB

After yet another slow week at the cash register, that fine purveyor of second-hand literature, Susko Books, is facing financial ruin. Jack Susko sets off to a gallery in Woollahra to scrape up some coin with the sale of an old art catalogue. With his usual panache and exquisite timing, he arrives just as De Groot Galleries is being done over by masked thieves. Along with a mysterious object from the safe, the robbers seize a valuable first edition from Jack’s bag, too.

When the owner of the gallery doesn’t want to call the cops, Jack is offered a sizeable sum to keep silent: but when de Groot arrives at the bookshop with his heavy to renege on the deal, all bets are off. With an ease that almost constitutes a gift, Jack Susko finds himself at the centre of a world full of duplicity, lies and art theft.

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Submitted by Karen on Wed, 21/04/2010 - 07:13 pm