Denver, hardback 1980, paperback 1981, now out of print. This novel is set in the 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan ruled Colorado
Booked To Die
, John’s best known title and the first Cliff Janeway novel.
was a finalist for the Edgar (US) and the Gold Dagger Award (England)
Bookscout, a short story, was published as a chapbook of 50 copies for each of five regional book fairs in 1998.
Tune In Yesterday, published in 1976, subtitled by the publisher as The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio, but John’s later book “On the Air” published by Oxford in 1998 contained at least three times as much data.
The Bookman’s Promise. Publication date March 2004. The third Cliff Janeway book mystery. ISBN 0-7432-4992-5.
Booked Twice is an omnibus edition containing the first two Janeway books Booked to Die and The Bookman’s Wake.
The Sign of the Book. Scribner, March 2005, ISBN 0-74325505-4.
The Holland Suggestions first edition. John’s first novel.
Deadline, first hardback edition, published in England in 1982. The most interesting thing about the jacket is the use of the word “unputdownable.” That’s England for you.
Deadline, American hardcover edition. The book is almost sedate compared with its illustration. Some people refuse to read it because of the jacket, but this was a talented young artist’s vision of the novel.
On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio, 822 pages, contains a 63-page index and a ten-page bibliography.
A Two O’Clock, Eastern Wartime 2001. This picture shows the fingerprint edition. The index finger is fairly common; the scarcest is the “fickle finger of fate.”
Some books John recommends for writers.
A Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters by Christopher Vogler
Writer’s Block and How to Use It by Victoria Nelson
Writers Time: Making the time to write, by Kenneth Atchity
Structuring Your Novel by Robert Meredith and John Fitzgerald